The House of Representatives voting to defund Planned Parenthood pointed out an irony that somehow has escaped the media. The action has been decried as a “defunding rampage” and that “Family Planning not a GOP Family value” and called “an over the top right wing Republican antic”. Those comments are mild compared to some of the more extreme members of the left. The irony is that these same commentators routinely excoriate high rate lenders as predatory, preying on low income and minority communities. They point out that compared to low rate lenders such as banks, the clientele of lenders in subprime mortgages, payday lenders and even small consumer lenders are disproportionately low income and minority. I have always thought that this is a curious criticism and instead of stating that these lenders are serving minorities and urging other lenders to offer products to these customers, instead they have condemned them. Indeed one often cited source says “the financial institutions that do exist in minority areas are likely to be predatory—for example, pawn shops, payday lenders, and check cashing services that charge high fees and usurious rates of interest—so that minority group members are accustomed to exploitation and frequently unaware that better services are available elsewhere.” Also predatory lenders are said to aggressively market in minority communities. Of course, this seems reasonable that if minority communities provide the base of business that this is where the businesses should be located and where the advertising should be concentrated. However, the mere concentration of locations and advertising are enough to confirm predatory behavior.
What is ironic is that using the same criteria, Planned Parenthood is predatory, preying on low income and minority communities. The website of Blackgenocide.org points out that 78 percent of Planned Parenthoods clinics are in minority neighborhoods even though blacks make up only 12 percent of the US population. However, 35 percent of America’s abortions are on blacks. It seems reasonable to ask if Planned Parenthood is targeting black communities and poor women? Although the jaded may point out that targeting black women is consistent with Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger’s feeling that “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated”. She also gave speeches to women’s auxiliaries of the Ku Klux Klan. Sanger talks about purifying the human race and established a birth control clinic in Harlem in 1930. One of her letters says "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the 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 to any of their more rebellious members."
Thus, the same groups that urge the shutting down of high rate lenders because they are seen as preying on low income and minorities should be applauding the US House for moving to shutting off the funding of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is obviously preying on poor black women and should be funded only by racists like Planned Parenthood’s founder.
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