Wednesday night, after receiving – rather ironically – a human right’s award, retiring Planned Parenthood (PP) President Cecile Richards had the audacity to quote famed civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free,” said Richards – who for 12 years oversaw that organization responsible for around 320,000 abortions in each of the past several years. Of course, she was quoting a woman who called voluntary abortion “legalized murder.”
The Council and the Award
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights held its 42nd annual Herbert H. Humphry Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner at the Washington Hilton Wednesday, May 16. Since 1977, The Leadership Conference has bestowed the award annually on those who they feel best exemplify “selfless and devoted service to the cause of equality.”
This year, the honorees were Tarana Burke (founder of the #MeToo movement), the Dreamers (all of them, apparently), and, of course, the aforementioned abortionist and activist, Cecile Richards. The Conference is proud, they say, to add the names of these “courageous honorees” to “the roll of civil and human rights activists who continue to make this country as good as its ideals.”
A Little About Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Townsend grew up poor as a sharecropper – the same work she and her husband, Perry “Pap” Hamer, continued after their marriage. However, Mrs. Hamer eventually found her calling as a civil rights activist after attending a protest meeting.
In 1964, after the Democratic Party turned her away, she helped establish the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. The next year, she ran as the first black candidate to the Mississippi House of Representatives.
The Planned Parenthood Connection
In 1961, Mrs. Hamer was diagnosed with a small uterine tumor, which she had removed at the Sunflower City Hospital. However, without first making her aware and securing her consent – and without any indication of medical necessity – the operating physician performed a full hysterectomy.
Mrs. Hamer later called her operation a Mississippi Appendectomy. It went on to become a popular reference to the involuntary sterilization of the poor, the physically disabled, and the feeble-minded, who – surprise, surprise – so often turned out to be black.
And that’s what makes Cecile’s more recent quote so insidious. It was the American Eugenics Society (AES) that pushed for and supported such racist practices as the involuntary sterilization of black women.
.@CecileRichards is accepting the 2018 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award and quotes the great Fannie Lou Hamer: “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” #HHH2018 pic.twitter.com/fTfAqptuNX
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) May 17, 2018
What does that have to do with our favorite group of abortionists today? Everything. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a member of the AES. She also demanded that Congress pass a law to regulate who would be allowed to have children. She called it a “baby code,” and included provisions that would have required married couples to apply for permits to have babies. Also included was this little bit:
Planned Parenthood founder and well-known eugenicist, Margaret Sanger
“Feeble-minded persons, habitual congenital criminals, those afflicted with inheritable disease, and others found biologically unfit by authorities qualified judge should be sterilized or, in cases of doubt, should be so isolated as to prevent the perpetuation of their afflictions by breeding.”
That’s not enough, you say? Fine. Let’s keep looking at the charter members. Henry P. Fairchild was vice president of PP, and former president of AES. Also members of both AES and PP were Samuel W. Anderson, CP Blacker, Dorothy Brush, C. Lalor Burdick, Robert L. Dickinson, and Dr. Haven Emerson, though they certainly aren’t the only ones.
Hilda Cornish, another AES member, was also an officer of the Arkansas Eugenics Association – which later became Arkansas Planned Parenthood. Cornish, of course, was then made executive director.
Dr. Charles F. Dight was the president of Minnesota Eugenics Society, and in the 1930s, joined the Minnesota Birth Control League – which later became Planned Parenthood of Minnesota. In 1933, the good doctor wrote to Adolf Hitler, wishing him success in “stamping out mental inferiority among the German people.” Of course, both men were of the opinion that one of the world’s greatest needs was the “biological race betterment through Eugenics.”
A Twisted Message
Is it any wonder that Fannie Lou Hamer called government abortion and birth control plans a plot to commit black genocide? How can we believe Planned Parenthood today, when they say that those members don’t reflect the ideals of the current organization? It was Frederic Osborn – a founding member of the AES and Sanger’s Citizen’s Committee for Planned Parenthood – who wrote that “Eugenic goals are most likely attained under a name other than eugenics.”Fannie Lou Hamer
According to journalist Samuel Yette, Mrs. Hamer was invited to the White House Conference on Food and Nutrition in 1969. There, while expecting to get food to feed the poor, she heard a plan to eradicate hunger that included granting birth control devices, free of charge and without need for parental consent, to girls aged 13 and up; mandatory abortions for unmarried girls within their first three months of pregnancy; and forced sterilization of any unmarried girl giving birth out of wedlock for the second time.
In response, she called voluntary abortion “legalized murder” and regaled those present with the story of her own “Mississippi Appendectomy.” After about 10 minutes of addressing the conference and their evil plan, she – with the aid of a dozen or so large black men – convinced them to drop their population control plan.
Mrs. Hamer spoke the words “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free” in reference to racial equality. And she suffered greatly for that belief. She was beaten. She had her ability to mother children stolen from her. Fifty-seven years after that horrible act, the president of an organization that supported such “medical procedures” – which just so happens to be the nation’s largest abortion provider today – defiled those words. Cecile Richards has long advocated the imagined right of a woman to kill her unborn child as a matter of convenience, but she must know that’s a “freedom” that would have Fannie Lou Hamer rolling over in her grave.