In a new item posted on LifeNews.com, the Radiance Foundation’s Ryan Bomberger continues to react to his recent interview with NPR, which he maintains was heavily edited. Bomberger also continues to allege that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was on a “eugenics-based” crusade against the black community, a campaign that continues to this day.
From Bomberger’s op-ed:
Last week’s NPR interview on “Tell Me More” really should be called “Tell Me Less”. Their heavy editing of only The Radiance Foundation’s perspective, while preserving every word spoken by Reverend Carlton Veazey,revealed NPR’s typical liberal bias and uninformed defense of Planned Parenthood. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice CEO’s closing remarks (nearly two minutes versus mine which were cut down to 15 seconds) were just a continuation of pro-abortion histrionics by the historically challenged.
During his interview with NPR’s Michel Martin, Bomberger mentioned Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and the “irrefutable, historically documented proof” of her affiliation with the Negro Project, which he claims was an effort to reduce the birthrate of poorer blacks. ”No, I’m sorry, I don’t know that there’s. … It is true that there were projects aimed at encouraging contraceptive use among African-Americans, but I don’t know that there’s any data to show that abortion was part of that conversation,” said Martin, in reply.
The debate over Sanger’s history with abortion and race is a heated one. Many anti-abortion activists insist Sanger was an advocate of selective breeding and forced sterilization, because of a program that sought to bring birth control to the African-American community (dubbed the Negro Project in papers she herself penned, which were at the time supported by many black leaders). Other reports suggest that Sanger herself was against abortion. In an essay penned in December 1918, Sanger wrote that “hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.”
In addition to criticizing NPR, Bomberger blasted Rev. Carlton Veazey, who joined him for last week’s interview. “We’re a society that loves to quickly categorize people and simplistically label what requires more complex thought and explanation,” writes Bomberger, after saying that Veazey denounced him for being part of the “religious right.” The Radiance Foundation head then goes on to label Veazey, “regardless of his motives,” “merely a part of the Negro Project 2.0.”
Bomberger’s Radiance Foundation is responsible for a string of billboards claiming that abortion is an epidemic in the black community — one fueled largely by Planned Parenthood. Some of the ads even liken abortion to slavery, proclaiming, “The 13th Amendment freed us. Abortion enslaves us,” with a link to the foundation’s toomanyaborted.com.