National pro-life organization Personhood USA established an affiliate in New York City this week, intentionally aiming to frustrate the goals of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, which, they say, follow the eugenics mindset of Margaret Sanger.
"This is where Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood and where Planned Parenthood targets women in minority neighborhoods," Josh Craddock, Personhood NY spokesperson and board member, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. "We know that the political climate in New York is hostile to life and hostile to personhood legislation, so we hold education as a goal."
The spokesman explained that personhood legislation "would protect human life from beginning to natural end," and announced the organization's plans to submit such laws in order to open dialogue about pro-life issues. Craddock praised the resurgence of Christianity in "the Big Apple" and said Personhood NY prioritizes church outreach to galvanize support for pro-life laws. He recalled a forum Tuesday night involving New York City clergy.
"Because Planned Parenthood began in New York, part of our educational outreach will be undoing the brand that Planned Parenthood has and their credibility, especially with minority groups," Craddock explained. He especially prioritized "exposing their eugenics agenda and the way that they exploit poor and minority women."
Craddock argued that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's "eugenic mindset is still present today, when we see that Planned Parenthood intentionally locates the majority of its clinics in minority areas." He cited abortion statistics that put the number of African American pregnancies ending in abortion around 60%.
Ayesha Kreutz, president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York (FDFNY), agreed with Craddock's assertion. Her organization was among the first to endorse Personhood NY. "Planned Parenthood targets minorities in the inner city, the poor," Kreutz argued. She compared the Pro-life Movement to the Civil Rights Movement and contrasted both with the Gay Rights Movement.
"As a black, there was a time when they said I wasn't fully human," Kreutz explained. The personhood initiative, she claimed, will determine the humanity of unborn babies once and for all."
The Gay Rights Movement, however, advocates for special privileges, she argued. "Your sexual orientation is between you and God – giving it a special right means we have to apply that to everyone," she said. While the pro-life movement deals with who is and isn't considered a person, Kreutz believes the LGBTQ movement focuses on preferences.
Kreutz also emphasized education as more important than legislation. "Once you get to the point where you could pass a constitutional amendment or a law," she explained, "the law is no longer needed because our culture has already changed."
The FDFNY president recalled her own abortions – she had two – and explained that "the black community has bought into something false." Although African American girls hear that the fetus is just a clump of cells, "afterwards you realize that you were lied to, and you try to convince yourself that you didn't kill a baby." Kreutz lamented that abortion advocates "are killing me as a woman – I am dying inside after I've done this."
Lila Rose, founder and president of the pro-life advocacy group LiveAction, also announced her support for Personhood NY, and condemned Planned Parenthood's allegedly race-based mission. "I support the efforts of Personhood New York … a much needed step to fight for complete protection for the preborn child," Rose told CP.
"In New York City, there's a 40 percent abortion rate, but on top of that the abortion rate among blacks is even higher," Rose said. She argued that "more than half of children who are black are killed before they are born," and blamed Planned Parenthood for this number. "This is the result of a long term plan put in place by the eugenic vision of Margaret Sanger," Rose alleged.
Rose declared that the pro-life cause "is not only the new civil rights movement, but the most important civil rights issue of our day." She claimed that "demanding personhood for all people regardless of their age, their development, or their dependency, is crucial to a nation respectful of human rights."
The Christian Post reached out to Planned Parenthood but did receive a response by the time of publication.