By Jim Sedlak
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates have a racism problem, and they say they want to correct it—but their actions belie those stated intentions.
In 2020, American Life League released a 16-page report on the racism that exists in Planned Parenthood today—Planned Parenthood’s Racism . . . In Their Own Words. It documented how Planned Parenthood affiliates that operate in 33 states across the country specifically stated that they have systemic racism within their organizations. In doing so, many of the affiliates specifically used the term “White supremacy” in describing their problems.
At the time, the national office, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was relatively silent on the problem. But PPFA has now released its latest Annual Report, and it contains the following joint statement by its (Black) president, Alexis McGill Johnson, and its (White) board chair, Aimee Cunningham. They state: “Planned Parenthood is 104 years old, and we’re committed to addressing structural racism, both historic and current, in the federation.” (underline added)
The position of the Planned Parenthood Federation seems to be: We’ve been a racist organization for 104 years, but we are going to change everything now. Trust us.
As we documented in the racism report, Planned Parenthood employees don’t believe it, and neither should we. As we pointed out in our report, when told of PP’s intentions to change, they replied:
(From BuzzFeed article): “This assessment was great but, what’s next? This assessment took three years to do. Are we gonna have to wait another three years before they implement any policies?” one of the employees asked. “I don’t trust them to make these changes, because Planned Parenthood is filled with people who, because they do work in reproductive rights, think they can’t be racist or prejudice [sic], but keep saying and doing racist things, and nothing is being done about it.”
Employees of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York told their board of directors: “After years of complaints from staff about issues of systemic racism, pay inequity, and lack of upward mobility for Black staff, highly paid consultants were brought in three separate times to assess the situation. Each time, employees of color were brutally honest about their experiences, but nothing changed.”
A letter from Planned Parenthood Great Plains documents the problems at the affiliate due to management that apparently caused the affiliate to be placed on probation by PPFA. Yet, the CEO—who the letter says was responsible for the upheaval—was moved to a larger affiliate with a significant pay raise, despite warnings from PPGP employees.
Then, of course, there is the matter of Planned Parenthood slaughtering millions of Black and other minority preborn babies over the years. In the same annual report where Planned Parenthood is promising to change, it admits to committing 354,871 abortions in 2019. Planned Parenthood is the abortion industry in the United States. It operates 54 percent of all the surgical and pill abortion facilities and commits over 41 percent of all abortions.
When the CDC reports that 38 percent of all abortions are committed on Black women, statistically that means that Planned Parenthood killed at least 135,851 Black preborn children in one year. Remember that each of those babies was created by God for a specific purpose.
When asked about its abortion business, Alexis McGill Johnson says that Planned Parenthood is a “proud abortion provider.”
How are you proud of killing 372 Black babies a day and still claim that you are going to end racism in the organization?
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.