The Trifecta: Racism, Eugenics, and Abortion

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” Margaret Sanger once wrote in a letter.

It’s a little surprising that she would be so reticent, given that she also authored pieces entitled “The Purpose of Eugenics,” “Birth Control and Positive Eugenics,” and “Birth Control: The True Eugenics.”

The founder of Planned Parenthood wasn’t alone in her efforts to stifle non-white populations through birth control. In fact, more than 60,000 people were sterilized in 32 states during the last century. Black women were disproportionately targeted in this effort.

And that effort continues today.

In the years between 1997 and 2010, unwanted sterilizations were performed on roughly 1400 women incarcerated in California prisons. This outrage is the subject of “Belly of the Beast,” a documentary film released last year.

In 1927, the US Supreme Court ruled in Buck v. Bell that a state statute permitting compulsory sterilization of “the unfit” for “the protection and health of the state” did not violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The Supreme Court has never expressly overturned this decision–yet most Americans would be horrified by the thought that a woman could be sterilized against her will, especially if she were a woman of color. Where is all the supposed progress we have made?

The fact is, the abortion industry continues to tell women that they are unfit–and that’s why they need to abort their unborn children.

Anyone would be horrified at the forced sterilization of an individual. But too many people fail to understand that the abortion industry is just another branch of that same eugenics tree.

Racism eugenics, and abortion are the trifecta of population control.