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Departments: Surveillance

Planned Parenthood

Where the Blood & Money Flow

by Terrell Clemmons


In 1921 Margaret Sanger founded the American Birth Control League (ABCL) to stop the "multiplication of the unfit." A thoroughgoing eugenicist, she believed this would be "the most important and greatest step towards race betterment." Clinics proliferated, and by the early 1940s, ABCL was operating more than 200 centers in America, primarily in black and Latino populated areas.

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But as eugenics went out of favor during World War II, so did the organization's name, and Sanger hired a public relations consultant to help craft a new image. "Planned Parenthood," the name adopted in 1942, is actually shorthand for several related organizations that later grew out of what she started: the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), a federation of 73 independent affiliates that operate more than 750 "health centers" in the U.S.; the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), launched in 1952 in Bombay, India, which operates in 172 countries through 65,000 "service points;" and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF), a political action group. All are dedicated to preserving and expanding elective abortion on demand.

Sanger was also a thoroughgoing socialist, and during the 1940s, Planned Parenthood began developing political alliances. These would later pay rich dividends in terms of government funding and favorable legislation.

Reasons for Surveillance

In 1948, Planned Parenthood awarded a small grant to biologist Gregory Pincus to research hormonal contraception. The investment paid off in 1960, when the FDA approved the "the Pill" for sale in the U.S. "The pill . . . has enormous consequences in freeing women to control their lives," it gushes on its website. "Finally women have an easy and reliable means to prevent unwanted pregnancies and plan their families."

Easy? Perhaps. Reliable? Maybe not so much. Free sex still had consequences. Ah, but these consequences could be monetized. And so, after deploying the Pill, Planned Parenthood set its sights on removing barriers to abortion. Pay dirt was again struck when the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling struck down laws restricting abortions in all fifty states. At that point, the blood began to flow copiously.

Most Recent Offense

Blood aside, it's hard to single out one offense from the many. There are the allegations of massive misuse of public funds—for example, charges of Medicaid fraud totaling (to date) close to $100 million. Or the charges of practicing suspicious medicine, such as giving clients false information about fetal development and mishandling prescription drugs. And then there is the recorded evidence of complicity in statutory rape1 and child sex trafficking,2 due to the failure to report suspected perpetrators as required by law. These activities are all shady enough to warrant comparing Planned Parenthood to the mafia.

But the really sinister crime against humanity comes into focus when you examine the organization's business model. If your revenue stream is dependent upon having a supply of unplanned pregnancies, how do you go about growing your business? You find a way to induce unplanned pregnancies. Enter comprehensive, "age-appropriate" sex education and its paraphernalia: sex toys; sex contests; genitalia-shaped balloons, candy, cupcakes, and costumes; illustrated books on masturbation and intercourse for ten-year-olds. To Planned Parenthood, these things constitute comprehensive education and advocacy of individual human rights. (The fact that "individual human rights" are selectively extended only to the already-born is ignored.) But the scheme is clear enough to a shrewd observer. Just as the goal of a drug dealer is to make drug users, Planned Parenthood's obvious goal is to make baby-makers. After all, profit or non-, business is business, and puberty is plenty age-appropriate for the revenue stream. 

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