This morning, amid a women’s health rally in Washington, D.C., hosted by Planned Parenthood, the “Black Genocide” movement made a small appearance in front of House Speaker Rep. John Boehner’s office.
Christian Defense Coalition Director Rev. Patrick Mahoney and a handful of other anti-abortion activists gathered in front of the speaker’s office to make a statement about “public money [being] given to an organization founded by a racist and Klan supporter” — the “racist Klan supporter” being American Birth Control League founder, Margaret Sanger.
The group displayed “white sheets,” a symbol of the Ku Klux Klan, in an effort to highlight a link they argue exists between anti-African-American actions and Planned Parenthood. A press release circulated by Mahoney explains:
We are calling upon the members of Congress, who have given billions of public money to Planned Parenthood over the years, to defund this organization whose roots are racist, bigoted and extremist. Our tax dollars should be given to groups that have embraced human rights, equality and justice for all, not to organizations founded by racists who embraced the agenda and philosophy of the KKK.
The argument that many abortions are for racist purposes has become popular. A billboard campaign highlighting the supposed link made its way all over the country, including Florida. The movement has gotten significant push-back from pro-choice advocates who see this movement as a way to “[use] a divisive message around race to restrict access to medical care” and to advertise for crisis pregnancy centers that routinely “distribute medically inaccurate information.”
Last month, the movement spurred actual legislation. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that makes abortions “based on the sex or race of the fetus” a felony in the state of Arizona.