Ben Carson Discusses Planned Parenthood Founder
Presidential hopeful Ben Carson is still discussing Planned Parenthood in the Black community….
In an interview with Fox News last week, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson alleged that Planned Parenthood deliberately places most of its clinics in black neighborhoods to “control the population” and that its founder, Margaret Sanger, “was not particularly enamored with black people.”
NPR fact-checked Carson’s comments about the non-profit organization, which provides reproductive health as well as maternal and child health services. It’s been a GOP target – particularly since a series of recent sting videos suggested the organization illegally profits from selling aborted fetal tissue.
Carson, a neurosurgeon, has also been a vocal opponent of the group. On Fox News Wednesday, he was asked about Democrats’ criticism that Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood are waging a “war on women.” He responded:
“Maybe I am not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood, but, you know, I know who Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believed in eugenics, and that she was not particularly enamored with black people. …And one of the reasons you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find a way to control that population. I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger who founded this place — a woman Hillary Clinton by the way says that she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her.”
So, did Margaret Stanger believe in Eugentics and Blacks needed to be controlled?? NPR fact checked Carson’s comments ans said this about Stanger’s racial beliefs:
Yes, but not in the way Carson implied.
Eugenics was a discipline, championed by prominent scientists but now widely debunked, that promoted “good” breeding and aimed to prevent “poor” breeding. The idea was that the human race could be bettered through encouraging people with traits like intelligence, hard work, cleanliness (thought to be genetic) to reproduce. Eugenics was taken to its horrifying extreme during the Holocaust, through forced sterilizations and breeding experiments.
In the United States, eugenics intersected with the birth control movement in the 1920s, and Sanger reportedly spoke at eugenics conferences. She also talked about birth control being used to facilitate “the process of weeding out the unfit [and] of preventing the birth of defectives.”
Historians seem to disagree on just how involved in the eugenics movement she was. Some contend her involvement was for political reasons — to win support for birth control.
Read more about Stanger and the truth about Planned Parenthood in the Black community HERE.