I was reminded the other day how some people believe that abortion is a woman’s right.
“We should apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that
grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that
objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”
The quote above by the matriarch of Planned Parenthood and the years of forced sterilization that occurred in the 20’s were a direct result of her views put into practice. Over time that philosophy has become one that values a mother’s potential opportunity over the life of the fetus even a day before that baby is born. The application of that statement, though no longer referred to as eugenics has a hugely disparate impact on poor and minority communities. Across the country for example the abortion of minority babies is significantly higher as percent than the abortion of non-minority babies.
This impact would have fit in with Ms. Sanger’s vision. The placement of Planned Parenthood abortion centers in poor areas also fits that design. The message that women are incapable of succeeding if they have a child is one that is marketed in order to further the business of abortion. Furthering that business also impacts the view of those minorities of themselves and their view of life.
If women are told they can’t succeed, they will have a much harder time doing so. With many neighborhoods having been inundated with that message through government programs that create generational dependency, the cheapening of life through the killing of babies, often late term, projects a message that killing after birth is permissible. The one thing every mass murderer in this country has had in common, they did not value the life of others. Those such as the Nazi’s that formalized killing undesirables justified their actions based on the same eugenics theories Margaret Sanger promoted.
The fact is women, men, and couples all have the ability to succeed even with the added burden of raising an unplanned life. Taking on the challenges involved in having that responsibility has spurred many women to raise both themselves and their children to much more affluent circumstances.
I have seen numerous women who once considered abortion an option become very successful despite humble beginnings and lacking, at first, a helpful support system. These women did not accept the doomsday, me first route, that unless they had an abortion they could not live a successful life.
There is no doubt in my mind that the deterioration of family support systems and the violence in poor neighborhoods has been the result of the promotion of abortion as a viable alternative. The more abortions that happen, the more life overall is seen as valueless. Although to me life begins at inception, there can be no argument that at 5 or 6 months a fetus is a viable living human life.
I have heard people argue that the world needs abortion for population control The fact is population growth has slowed dramatically in most industrialized countries to the extent that abortion would never be needed for population control. Education and the development of a modern economy is the best break on population growth. Yet is is these same countries that exchange the value of life for the hope of future economic prosperity.
The result is an organization that Margaret Sanger would have been proud of, one that continues to this day to cheapen the value of life and diminish the potential of women.