Category Archives: Racism

Social worker decries racism in abortion/birth control clinics

Albuquerque social worker Marla Cefuentes said in 1988: “Every chance they get, the clinic personnel here remind poor and Hispanic women that they can’t raise a family, that to have children is irresponsible,… They are constantly pushing for sterilization, even for … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood to mom on welfare- we won’t help unless you get sterilized

A mother of four on welfare describes how Planned Parenthood refused to provide her with any medical services unless she agreed to be sterilized: “Lydia Jones, a title X and Medicaid eligible welfare mother of 4, went to the Planned Parenthood … Continue reading

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Margaret Sanger is a “hero” at abortion clinic despite racism

From a pro-choice author who interviewed clinic workers for a book she wrote: “Many of the staff [at the abortion clinic] moreover, were aware of the family planning establishment’s historic ties to the eugenics movement. As Bernice, a black counselor … Continue reading

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NOW pres: It’s ok, Margaret Sanger didn’t just hate Blacks

Laurie Bertram Roberts, Mississippi State Pres. of the National Organization of Women, comments on Margaret Sanger’s racism: “First of all, Margaret Sanger did not work on abortion. She worked on birth control. Context is everything. I will never deny that … Continue reading

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Columnist: “poor, black, Indian” children are “marked for failure”

An American columnist said abortion is needed for the “at risk” population, “poor, black and Indian” whose children are “marked for failure.” The quote appeared in Tony Bouza “A Mother’s Day Wish: Make Abortion Available to All Women,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, … Continue reading

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Minorities don’t get support to keep their babies, former clinic worker says

From a former abortion clinic worker, Rayna Rapp, who is still pro-choice: “Many minority women, even if they are not poor, cannot count on support for their pregnancies, and pregnancy related decision-making, from their healthcare providers. Frankie Smithers, an African-American schoolteacher, … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood: Children of the Poor are Too Costly

A fund-raising letter of Planned Parenthood committee of Pittsburgh: “Have you ever stopped to consider how much the “unwanted” children of poor and ignorant parents are costing you in the community in increased relief load, state medical and mental care, … Continue reading

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Clinic worker on the “underlying” population “for which we have no use”

From a volunteer at an abortion clinic: “I always felt that Malthus was right. The population bomb was going to explode, that we are developing an underlying population for which we have no use, a part of society that doesn’t … Continue reading

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Pro-choice author talks about the “forced imposition” of abortion on minorities

Pro-choice author Rosalind Pollack Petchesky writes about how poor minority women are sometimes pressured to have abortions: “Especially in locales with large concentrations of poor blacks, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, Chicanos, and Native Americans, a more serious problem regarding abortion may … Continue reading

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s racist comment about Roe versus Wade

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an interview that she was surprised at a 1980 court ruling that prevented the restoration of Medicaid funding for abortions, because, in her opinion, when Roe V Wade was decided: “Frankly, I … Continue reading

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