Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed today on Fox News that Planned Parenthood was targeting black neighborhoods with the intention of controlling the populations (video below).
According to Mediaite.com, Carson stated:
Well, you know, maybe I'm not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood, but you know, I know who Margaret Sanger is. I know that she believed in eugenics and that she was not particularly enamored with black people.
And one of the reasons that you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find a way to control that population.
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And I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger, who founded this place, the woman who Hillary Clinton, by the way, says that she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her.
In reality, Sanger opposed abortion and supported birth control as a way to avoid abortion, according to her papers posted online by NYU. Sanger died in 1966, years before abortion was legalized in 1973.
She did work to provide birth control in poor areas, and to open a clinic in Harlem with the support of black leaders of the day - Mary McLeod Bethune, W. E. B. DuBois (founder of the NAACP) and Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accepted the Margaret Sanger award in 1966, notes the Planned Parenthood website.
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center Multimedia Learning Center noted that Sanger's books were burned by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, who was Hitler's minister of propaganda.
Sanger did support birth control as a form of eugenics in the 1920s (as many others did) to try to stop mental and physical disabilities from continuing on for generations.
While misguided and wrong, Sanger did not advocate for the end of the black race.
Carson didn't provide any proof that Planned Parenthood had an agenda to forcefully control the black population against their will.
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain made similar claims and was debunked by FactCheck.org in 2011.