In what should be viewed as a statement of damnation, but will be embraced by Hillary Clinton as the highest praise, Planned Parenthood, America’s undisputed premier producer (literally) of baby parts, is enthusiastically endorsing Clinton for president. In fact, Clinton can boast the first-ever endorsement of a candidate in a presidential primary in the nearly 100-year existence of Planned Parenthood.
The Planned Parenthood endorsement contains this eye-opener from its leader, Cecile Richards: “Everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years is on the ballot.” That is true. And it’s embodied in the person of Hillary Clinton, whom Richards and friends rightly view as the truest true believer.
As someone who wrote an entire book on Hillary Clinton about 10 years ago, and has long followed her very carefully, especially on matters of her faith and abortion beliefs, I can say without equivocation that she is not mildly or even strongly pro-choice; no, Hillary Rodham Clinton is an abortion fanatic. I believe Hillary Clinton would die for abortion. In fact, if Hillary loses the presidency this year, her next stop might well be Planned Parenthood. Cecile should watch out — Hillary Clinton would be the perfect next president for the organization. If not that, Hillary would be an ideal honorary president for life of Planned Parenthood.
In a statement, Mrs. Clinton said she was “honored” by the endorsement. Of course she was.
When Cecile Richards invokes Planned Parenthood’s past 100 years in her glowing endorsement of Hillary Clinton, it naturally brings to mind the matron of Planned Parenthood — one Margaret Sanger, a hero to Richards and to Clinton.
I’ve written here before of the checkered history of Margaret Sanger, especially on race, which liberals either excuse or avoid like the plague. There was her Negro Project, her May 1926 speech at a rally of the women’s chapter of the KKK in New Jersey, her general championing an ideology of “race improvement,” and much more. It is no surprise that a group of African-American pastors has been demanding the removal of the bust of the progressive icon from the Smithsonian’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit.
Sanger deemed certain human beings “morons,” “idiots,” “imbeciles,” “human weeds,” and “misfits.” She wanted her Planned Parenthood to spearhead a movement to generate “a race of thoroughbreds” from the misbegotten “dead weight of human waste” soiling the national landscape courtesy of undesired and “unfit” breeders. She admired Stalinist Russia’s birth-control policies, and urged after a fact-finding visit there in 1934: “We [in America] could well take example from Russia, where there are no legal restrictions, no religious condemnation, and where birth control instruction is part of the regular welfare service of the government.”
Chew that one over, comrade. That’s exactly where Hillary and modern progressives stand today: they demand that birth control be part of the regular welfare service of the government, and funded by taxpayers regardless of religious objection.
None of Sanger’s sordid history has deterred Hillary Clinton’s unflagging admiration, just as none of the video exposés of Chianti-sipping Planned Parenthood personnel fingering their Caesar’s salad as they discuss crushing the brains of unborn babies has deterred her crusade to keep America’s largest abortion funder awash in tax dollars.
“I don’t have all the facts but Planned Parenthood has apologized for the insensitivity of the employee who was taped,” protested Mrs. Clinton of the Center for Medical Progress’s video-sting revealing a Planned Parenthood employee casually discussing the “harvesting” of babies. “But for more than a century Planned Parenthood has provided essential services for women.”
There’s that 100 years of great work again.
Fittingly, to Mrs. Clinton, the bad guys in the video-sting of Planned Parenthood were the video-makers — that is, the exposers, not the perpetrators. “I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood had been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years,” she complained, “and it’s really an attack against women’s rights to choose.” To Mrs. Clinton, the exposers are the attackers; Planned Parenthood, apparently, does not attack anything.
No doubt. The organization gives more money to her (by far) than any other Democrat.
Fittingly, in 2009, Clinton proudly accepted Planned Parenthood’s self-described “highest honor,” its coveted Sanger Award. She blushed and gushed that she was “in awe of” the racial eugenicist. The then-secretary of state accepted her award at Planned Parenthood Federation of America Awards Gala, just after completing a visit to Mexico’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the pro-life movement. To Hillary, Margaret Sanger is the patroness of the women’s movement. She will defend Saint Margaret’s organization like a knight guarding the Holy Grail.
The fealty is mutual; thus the group’s historic endorsement of Clinton.
Someone in the media who can get near Mrs. Clinton should ask if she’s willing to repudiate Margaret Sanger and her organization’s highly questionable and objectionable history in everything from race to baby parts. Now that Clinton has received Planned Parenthood’s endorsement, it seems a fair thing to ask, doesn’t it?
To read more of Dr. Kengor’s work on Margaret Sanger, see his latest book Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.