A Republican Representative from Kansas on Friday told the Values Voter Summit that Planned Parenthood was a “racist organization” that targeted unborn minority children to be murdered.
“The biggest war against our liberties is the war that is being waged against those that are not here today: the unborn,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp insisted to the conservative crowd. “Besides slavery, abortion is the other darkest stain on our nation’s character. And this president [Barack Obama] is looking for every way possible to make abortion more available and more frequent. And he wants you to pay for it even if you disagree with it.”
“Like the pro-slavery forces who invaded Kansas, the pro-abortion forces in Washington and elsewhere want us to believe that abortion is not murder — that being born is worse than death, that the unborn baby is property, not a person. We’ve heard that before — 150 years ago,” he continued.
“And not shockingly, we see this administration opposing any reductions in taxpayer funding to the one private corporation, the largest abortion business in the entire country — Planned Parenthood,” the Kansas Republican said. “Would not allow any single reductions, more than $300 million tax dollars to this entity.”
Huelskamp noted that he was the father of four adopted children, “each of them either black, Hispanic, Native American.”
“I am incensed that this president pays money to an entity that was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine,” he said. “A racist organization, and it continues specifically to target minorities for abortion destruction. Shame on this president and shame on that [Democratic] party.”
Anti-abortion activists often misquote Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger as saying, “[W]e want to exterminate the Negro population.”
But in full context, the quote has the opposite meaning. In a 1939 letter to pro-birth control advocate Clarence J. Gamble, Sanger argued that black leaders should be involved in the effort to deliver birth control to the black community.
“We do not want 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,” she wrote (PDF).
According to the Guttmacher Institute (PDF), “[f]ewer than one in 10 abortion clinics are located in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, or those in which the majority of residents are black.”
Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast Sept. 14, 2012.
(h/t: NBC News)