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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Double Standard

This article talks about controversial billboards by an Atlanta pro-life group, but it was this passage that caught my eye:
The idea that abortion clinics are specifically "targeting" pregnant black women is not new. A 2001 paper from the New York University History Department titled "Birth Control or Race Control? Sanger and the Negro Project," describes efforts by the Birth Control Federation of America (which later became Planned Parenthood) to provide contraceptives to the black community as "constructed in terms and with perceptions that today smack of racism."

Loretta Ross, the executive director of Atlanta's SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective offers another theory. "The reason we have so many Planned Parenthoods in the black community is because leaders in the black community in the '20s and '30s went to Margaret Sanger and asked for them," Ross told the Times. "Controlling our fertility was part of our uplift out of poverty strategy, and it still works."
Am I reading this right? Is Loretta Ross of the flowerly named leftist group actually advocating population control for blacks for economic reasons? Is that supposed to make us feel better about the procedure? How would a woman feel if she was torn about an abortion and she goes see Mrs/Ms/Mizz Ross and she says, "You should get one. It'll keep the poverty percentage down!"

How is that argument any less horrifying than when it was proposed by the Progressives and their fascist cousins? Double standard much?

Way to win hearts and minds on the issue, there.

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