Debate has raged for decades on whether Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was racially motivated. News stories that broke onto the national scene this summer about the modern version of Planned Parenthood have given fodder to those who claim that abortion has a racist impact which Planned Parenthood refuses to reject and may even embrace.
In secretly recorded conversations with Planned Parenthood fundraisers, callers posed as potential contributors who wanted to contribute money to the nation’s largest abortion provider for one reason – to exterminate black unborn children. The callers played up the racist motivation making such observations as: “I don’t want my child competing with black children for jobs” and “there are just too many of them as it stands now.”
In each instance, Planned Parenthood gratefully accepted the donation. In one particularly telling moment, one Planned Parenthood fundraiser asks the caller for forgiveness explaining that she is somewhat breathless because “she is so excited” and “wants to make sure she handles the call correctly.”
The release of these tapes caused somewhat a national sensation with protests in various parts of the nation. A group of black pastors marched in Washington demanding the end of federal funding for Planned Parenthood. News conferences were held, petitions signed, media stories printed and aired – except in one state – Kansas.
No coverage by the Kansas City Star or Wichita Eagle. The controversy did not happen. In the jurisdiction of the only criminal case ever filed against Planned Parenthood: the controversy did not exist because the paper did not report on it.
The following is just some of the coverage and a few of the recorded conversations that you missed hearing about in Kansas.