This was a headline in the New York Times which was sure to catch my eye: “I’m the Head of Planned Parenthood. We’re Done Making Excuses for Our Founder.” The author is Alexis McGill Johnson, the new president of PP. She candidly acknowledges the racist and eugenicist views of Margaret Sanger and disavows them completely. What she is not disavowing is PP’s role as America’s leading abortion provider.
Perhaps she is being ruthlessly consistent in repudiating Sanger’s ideas. For Sanger, surprisingly, was opposed to abortion in most cases. She used to explain to women that “abortion was the wrong way—no matter how early it was performed it was taking life.”
Planned Parenthood has a founder problem.
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