Planned Parenthood accused of institutional racism and harboring a legacy of white supremacy

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Abortion provider Planned Parenthood stands accused of institutional racism and harboring a legacy of white supremacy, starting with its founder Margaret Sanger.

An open letter from 350 current and former workers, plus many more donors and volunteers, of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York under the banner of Save PPGNY led to the departure last month of the subsidiary’s CEO  Linda McQuade after the employee group accused her of creating an intimidating atmosphere.

Pro-life activists have long accused Margaret Sanger of racism and for advocating eugenics.

In a stunning development, Save PPGNY — a cohort presumably consisting entirely of progressives — seems to agree, at least with the racism component.

“Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman. That is a part of history that cannot be changed,” the letter declared. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, the predecessor organization to Planned Parenthood, now the largest abortion provider in the country.

In the June 18 letter that was primarily calling for McQuade’s removal for a litany of alleged abusive behavior, the employees also claimed that “We know that Planned Parenthood has a history and a present steeped in white supremacy and we, the staff, are motivated to do the difficult work needed to improve.”

The letter also asserted that black employees lodged complaints about systemic racism, pay inequity, and lack of promotional opportunities, but nothing was done to address those issues in a material way.

Irrespective of whether you are pro-life, pro-choice, or somewhere in between, it is significant to note that Planned Parenthood, which enjoys virtually unanimous backing from Democrats and liberals generally, has also faced criticism for allegedly setting up most of its abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods.

According to the Washington Times, “critics are watching to see whether Planned Parenthood, after decades of deflecting criticism from the pro-life movement, can withstand the scrutiny of the ‘cancel culture’ and Black Lives Matter….Planned Parenthood is the latest institution upended by the Black Lives Matter protest.”

A statement last month from the Planned Parenthood board of directors indicated support for Black Lives Matter and expressed a zero tolerance policy for racism.

In a roughly similar context, you may recall that the left-wing cancel culture mill known as the Southern Poverty Law Center was accused of turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and racial discrimination within its own ranks while ripping off gullible liberal donors. Co-founder Morris Dees wound up getting fired over unspecified conduct issues. A former SPLC staffer described the organization as a ‘highly profitable scam.”

Here’s a brief sample of the Twitter response to the Planned Parenthood white supremacy allegations.

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