Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin today posted on Facebook the Confederate battle flag and the Planned Parenthood logo side by side.
Her question: “Which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year?”
She’s the latest public figure to seize on a scandal that is giving Planned Parenthood fits, with many Republicans calling for defunding the largest provider of abortions in the U.S. and others calling for investigations over admissions by officials of selling baby body parts from the procedures to the highest bidders.
Dr. Ben Carson, a Republican presidential candidate, said the very purpose of Planned Parenthood was to “eliminate black people. That was the whole purpose of it.”
Asked about President Obama’s outspoken support of the organization, Carson said: “You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger.”
Sanger is still celebrated by Planned Parenthood as the group’s founder with the Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award, its “highest honor.” Hillary Clinton won the award in 2009 and praised Sanger.
In 1939, Sanger wrote about her effort to enlist black ministers to the cause: “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Abortion remains the No. 1 killer of blacks in America today.
The Planned Parenthood scandal began when the Center for Medical Progress began releasing covert videos it had captured in months of interviews with Planned Parenthood officials.
“If we can’t defund Planned Parenthood after this, we are lost,” said Carson. “We are just in the wilderness forever. I think the appropriate response is to focus our attention on it because they will try to divert the attention and move on to something else and we cannot allow that to happen. This is the smoking gun and we have always known what kind of organization this is and how anti-life they are and we can also use this to help women understand that they are being manipulated.”