Since their release in late June, reports of China’s anti-birth campaign in Xinjiang have garnered substantial media attention, including in the US. Nearly every major American news outlet has covered the revelations, which involve a program of forced sterilization, birth control, and abortion for Uighur ethnic minorities.

Many left-wing publications have been quick to censure the Chinese government. Washington Post and Newsweek, for example, have explicitly condemned China of genocide.[1] Others, like NPR and the New York Times, have been more reserved, recognizing at least genocidal potential in the Uighurs’ plight.[2] Throughout the media, the benchmark referred to has been the UN Convention on atrocity crimes. Specifically, the 1948 treaty lists one means of genocide to be “imposing measures intended to prevent births within…a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group” with the  “intent to destroy” that group.

With this standard in mind, it should be asked whether liberal journalists, relatively keen in denouncing China, are ignoring any incidence of UN-defined, birth prevention genocide at home. Naturally, the first place to look would be Planned Parenthood, America’s most diligent birth repressing institution.

For years, the left, including news outlets mentioned above, has resisted pro-lifers’ accusations of genocide by Planned Parenthood. Nevertheless, recent data, especially from the organization itself, makes their malfeasance hard to dismiss. As their public information confirms, Planned Parenthood intensely, inordinately suppresses births of ethnic minorities, as well as of disability groups. Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, as well as many of her associates, plainly exhibited destructive racism. Moreover, hundreds of recent complaints by employees suggest that much of Planned Parenthood’s leadership still adheres to racist beliefs.[3] Taken together, a wealth of evidence points to crimes of genocide by Planned Parenthood along the lines of the Chinese Communists in Xinjiang. This article, the first in a series examining Planned Parenthood, looks at their wildly disproportionate circulation of birth control to the black community.

Firstly, in the area of pregnancy prevention, Planned Parenthood dominates in the US, particularly among contraception suppliers for the disadvantaged. Of the six million generally high-risk Americans who get government-funded birth control each year, most make use of Title X, the major federal grant program for contraception.[4] Planned Parenthood, a long-time grantee, dropped out in 2019 after the Trump administration mandated strict separation of birth control funding from abortion. However, of all the groups subsidized through Title X, Planned Parenthood was by far the most consequential.

According to pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood provided contraception to 40% of clients reached by Title X clinics in 2015.[5] Although accounting for only 13% of such clinics, Planned Parenthood had nearly as many Title X customers as all US health departments combined.[6] Strikingly, Planned Parenthood’s scope remained so significant even as they shifted away from contraception to focus more radically on abortion. At their peak in 2006, the organization had four million contraception clients – 29% more than in 2015 and 36% more than in 2018.[7] They had 80% as many customers as the entire Title X network.[8] Simply put, Planned Parenthood has long been America’s best birth repressor, with a footprint hard to overstate for vulnerable people.

Targeting Black Americans From the Start:

Indeed, of the estimated unplanned pregnancies averted through Title X, Planned Parenthood prevented about 63% of them in 2015.[9] Planned Parenthood celebrates these results, but the reality is that they prevent African-American pregnancies in an especially skewed way, by their own admission. While investigations have unveiled the organization’s exceptional, direct targeting of black lives with abortion, as will be discussed later in this series, their minority birth control business remains tragically underreported. In 2018, Planned Parenthood stated that 244,000 women, or 10% of their known contraception clients, were black.[10] At first glance, this seems proportionate. However, in 2017, the organization reported 390,000 black clients in total.[11] That means that while contraception is only about 26% of Planned Parenthood services, at least 62% of African Americans who visit the clinics leave with some means of thwarting black births.[12]

Planned Parenthood data also completely disregards African-American men. The organization refuses to count male contraception customers, even though men make up 12% of their patrons.[13] Many of those male clients undoubtedly received contraception. In fact, 12% of Title X birth control customers were male as well, and 27% of those men were black.[14] If the latter proportion holds true for Planned Parenthood’s mysterious demography, an extra eighty thousand African-American contraception recipients would be going uncounted every year. Figuring them in would raise percentage of Planned Parenthood’s black customers who are given birth control to more than 80%.

Further, Planned Parenthood notes that “contraception clients are only counted once, although up to 65 percent of Planned Parenthood patients made two or more visits” per year.[15] Would these repeat customers disproportionately be at-risk black women, who use contraception nearly as much other women, but have double the rate of unintended pregnancy?[16] Planned Parenthood’s clinic sites suggest so. 88% of their centers operate in metropolitan counties, where African Americans are represented almost twice as frequently as in rural ones.[17] Accordingly, black women are more likely than those of any other race to say that they have ever visited a clinic.[18] By itself, the official tally of customers cannot reflect the outsized volume of birth control that Planned Parenthood pumps into the black community each year. Moreover, if this is the current situation, how much more did Planned Parenthood impact African-American pregnancies ten or fifteen years ago, at the height of their contraception efforts?

For black Americans today, Planned Parenthood is thus a highly effective version of the organization’s infamous “Negro Project.” Started by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in 1939, the “Project” was a eugenics-inspired, racism-inflected campaign to cut down black births in the South. Sanger reasoned that African Americans “still breed carelessly and disastrously.”[19] Though the “Negro Project” collapsed in a matter of years, Sanger’s successors have picked up where it left off and are putting the Jim Crow Era experiment to shame. Sixty years after Civil Rights, Planned Parenthood apparently continues to perceive African-American pregnancies “disastrously.” They set up clinics overwhelmingly in areas with fewer white people, spreading birth control to almost every black client in their orbit, probably multiple times, even while divesting from contraception in general. Planned Parenthood is the kind of deliberate, ethnic birth suppressing machine that Sanger and her compatriots could only have dreamed of – one with important parallels to Xinjiang. As U.N. member states attempt to confront China, they must be urged to turn their attention to this great atrocity of liberal America next.

 

[1] “What’s happening in Xinjiang is genocide,” Washington Post, July 6, 2020; “We Face the Specter of Genocide in Xinjiang,” Newsweek, August 12, 2020.

[2] “President Trump Has Tools to Pressure China. Will He Use Them?,” The New York Times, July 1, 2020; “China Suppression of Uighur Minorities Meets UN Definition of Genocide,” NPR, July 4, 2020.

[3] “Planned Parenthood ‘steeped in white supremacy,’ employees, supporters charge,” The Washington Times, July 5, 2020; “Planned Parenthood is Racist and Even its Own Staff Members Say So,” LifeNews, June 26, 2020: https://www.lifenews.com/2020/06/26/planned-parenthood-is-racist-and-even-its-own-staff-members-say-so/.

[4] “Publicly Funded Contraceptive Services at U.S. Clinics, 2015,” Guttmacher Institute, April 2017.

[5] See above.

[6] See above.

[7] “2007-2008 Annual Report;” “2015-2016 Annual Report;” “2018-2019 Annual Report;” Planned Parenthood.

[8] “2007-2008 Annual Report,” Planned Parenthood; “Family Planning Annual Report: 2006 National Summary,” Office of Family Planning, February 2008.

[9] “By the Numbers,” Planned Parenthood, July 2015; “Publicly Funded Contraceptive Services at U.S. Clinics, 2015,” Guttmacher Institute, April, 2017.

[10] “Reducing Barriers to Care in Black Communities,” Planned Parenthood, September 2019; “2018-2019 Annual Report,” Planned Parenthood.

[11] The Irreplaceable Role of Planned Parenthood Health Centers,” Planned Parenthood, January 2019.

[12] “2018-2019 Annual Report,” Planned Parenthood.

[13] See above.

[14] 11-12, “Family Planning Annual Report: 2017 National Summary,” Office of Population Affairs, August 2018.

[15] 24, “2015-2016 Annual Report,” Planned Parenthood.

[16] Finer and Zolna, “Declines in Unintended Pregnancy in the United States, 2008-2011,” New England Journal of Medicine, March 2, 2016;  “Contraceptive Use in the United States,” Guttmacher Institute, September 2016.

[17] Parker et. al, “What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities,” Pew Research Center, May 22, 2018.

[18] “Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Key Findings from the 2017 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey,” Kaiser Family Foundation, March 13, 2018.

[19] “Birth Control or Race Control? Sanger and the Negro Project,” The Margaret Sanger Papers Project, 2001.