Santorum: Planned Parenthood “Not Far” From Its “Poisonous Roots”


Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum isn’t content blaming abortion for the “need to reform” social security.  Now, he’s claiming that states should continue their efforts to try and defund Planned Parenthood because they are probably practicing eugenics.

Via Talking Points Memo:

…Santorum doesn’t think the Planned Parenthood of today is much different from the age of Sanger’s controversial views. He called on Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) to sign a bill in his state that would “defund” Planned Parenthood for Hoosiers, pointing to what he calls the group’s shady past and sketchy present.

“I can’t imagine any other organization with its roots as poisonous as the roots of Planned Parenthood getting federal funding of any kind,” Santorum said. “This is an organization that was founded on the eugenics movement, founded on racism — I mean, it’s horrific. It’s origins are horrific. And you can say, ‘well it’s not that anymore.’ It’s not far from where it was in my opinion.”

“They’ve stayed in that same general area of saying that there are certain people in society that we should — you heard Ruth Bader Ginsburg say it in her comments about you know “undesirables” in society,” he said. “I just don’t think that’s what federal government or state government money should be going to.”

So, to draw the next logical step, Santorum should propose that all Title X funding should be stopped and put in the Social Security fund.

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  • macha

    I mean, coming from that crazypants, I’m not at all surprised.  It’s just another “hang your head and sigh* thing for me.

  • pldon

    Other than Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t directly discuss Sanger, her evolution, and the Guttmacher Institute, which also doesn’t directly rebut the black genocide charge of the Right. I am having a very difficult time documenting my rebuttals of these charges to RWingers on blogs.

    There are absolutely tons of RW websites disseminating black genocide lies (which only use each other for sources), but even factcheck.org does not address this issue. Neither does Politifact.

    Those of us who are trying to protect Women’s Reproductive Health in this country need help in debunking the lies of the Right. These heinous claims abound in black churches (Rod Parsley being behind much of it) and we do not want black women to leave the Democratic party, or deprive themselves of PP’s services because of lies.

    We need help. 

  • prochoiceferret

    Those of us who are trying to protect Women’s Reproductive Health in this country need help in debunking the lies of the Right.

     

    Just send them this link:

     

    http://www.birthcontrolwatch.org/blog/2009/01/martin-luther-king-jr-and-margaret.html

     

    Then step back, and watch their heads explode as they wonder why Martin Luther King Jr. spoke highly of a so-called “black genocider” and Planned Parenthood.

     

    For good measure, point out how many of the Founding Fathers owned slaves, and ask how can anything good come from a bunch of slave-owners?

  • arekushieru

    Or, more specifically, how they aren’t all racist because, of course, how can a founder of an organization/nation be distinguished from the people therein, past OR present (of course, that is, by using THEIR logic)?

  • prochoiceferret

    how can a founder of an organization/nation be distinguished from the people therein, past OR present (of course, that is, by using THEIR logic)?

     

    Gosh. I hope they don’t drive a Ford, then.

     

    (Or, for that matter, a Volkswagen.)

  • cc

    News Hounds Priscilla, in debunking Glenn Beck’s attack on Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, has some good links to sources that show how Sanger’s quotes are taken out of context. She also links to information about how Sanger and WEB DuBois worked together in order to provide African American women with the same kind of birth control that white women had.

    Ta Nehisi Coates writes about the bogus connection between abortion and slavery.

    Guttmacher Institute Study contradicting anti-choice claim about Planned Parenthood clinics being in minority neighborhoods. But be prepared – anti-choicers don’t believe Guttmacher.

    Article that cites data showing black fertility is fine – hence, no “genocide.”

    A recent article about the offensiveness, to black women, of the black “genocide” claim.

    And don’t forget that MLK, Jr. won an award from Planned Parenthood.

  • beenthere72

    I always think of Henry Ford too when people bring up this Sanger shat.     And you gotta wonder how many anti-choicers are using Microsoft products with Bill Gates being such a huge contributor to Planned Parenthood. 

  • crowepps

    One of the earliest modern advocates of eugenics (before it was labeled as such) was Alexander Graham Bell. In 1881 Bell investigated the rate of deafness on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. From this he concluded that deafness was hereditary in nature and, through noting that congenitally deaf parents were more likely to produce deaf children, tentatively suggested that couples where both were deaf should not marry, in his lecture Memoir upon the formation of a deaf variety of the human race presented to the National Academy of Sciences on 13 November 1883.[61][62] However, it was his hobby of livestock breeding which led to his appointment to biologist David Starr Jordan‘s Committee on Eugenics, under the auspices of the American Breeders Association. The committee unequivocally extended the principle to man.[63]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

  • wendy-banks

    Douchebag Santorum is at it again, hmm?

    And you might downvote me for this, but I have no problem with Liberal Eugenics (go look it up). I personally think if science got to that point having a healthly kid that did not have your genentic flaws (depression, ADHD carrier *apparently* My daughter and half-brother are affected, I am not) poor vision, asthma, family history of diabetus, HBP, cancer. etc) whould be a wonderful thing! 

    Except that it would most likely end up to be a rich can have it, poor can’t, breeding out the horrible illnesses that plague mankind would be a wonderful thing! *sigh* There I go being progressive again…