Add Gary Bauer to the long list of wingnuts working hard to pretend that Martin Luther King would agree with him if he were alive today. Specifically on abortion, he says that King would be fighting against Planned Parenthood to stop “black genocide.”
Here’s what I think Reverend King, if he were alive today, would be focusing his efforts on:…
Far from promoting Planned Parenthood’s agenda, Reverend King would expose its racist roots and point out that it deliberately locates abortion facilities in inner city communities. He would weep at that fact, which has resulted in more than 20 million aborted black babies, a death toll the KKK could not reach in its most deranged dreams.
And now, a word from reality. In the real world, as opposed to the fantasy world that Bauer and his fellow right wingers occupy, King was given the Margaret Sanger Award by Planned Parenthood and accepted it gratefully, honoring Sanger in the process. His acceptance speech, read by his wife because he could not be there, began:
There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto life. Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous slums. Like we, she was a direct actionist — a nonviolent resister. She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions. Margaret Sanger had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them there would have been no beginning. Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her. Negroes have no mere academic nor ordinary interest in family planning. They have a special and urgent concern.
Many clinics are located in inner city areas because that is where poverty is and because both Sanger and King knew that one of the keys to reducing poverty was to reduce unwanted pregnancies. This talk of “black genocide” is moronic. This isn’t a dictator setting out to kill black people, it’s black women making their own decisions not to bring an unwanted child into a situation where they would only be poorer as a result of another mouth to feed (or any number of other reasons, all of which are personal to the woman making the choice; surely they know their own situation better than an old white guy like Bauer).
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