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Justice Clarence Thomas: Abortion is tool of modern-day eugenics

Posted in Black Genocide, Eugenics, Margaret Sanger, Margaret Sanger and AES, Margaret Sanger Legacy Society, Supreme Court with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2019 by saynsumthn

 

Part One of Two.

In deciding the recent case Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc., United States Supreme Court Justice sent a warning to the Court, suggesting that states have a “compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics,” even going as far as to implicate Planned Parenthood’s founder and leaders. In the decision, the Court allowed one provision of an Indiana law requiring the humane burial of aborted children to stand, while denying another provision to bar abortions on the basis of sex, race or disability.

Justice Thomas penned a multi-page response to address the Court’s decision, which began (emphasis added):

I write separately to address the other aspect of Indiana law at issue here—the “Sex Selective and Disability Abortion Ban.”… Each of the immutable characteristics protected by this law can be known relatively early in a pregnancy, and the [Indiana] law prevents them from becoming the sole criterion for deciding whether the child will live or die. Put differently, this law and other laws like it promote a State’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.

He then pulled no punches, making it plain that Planned Parenthood — the defendant in the case — was founded in eugenics:

The use of abortion to achieve eugenic goals is not merely hypothetical. The foundations for legalizing abortion in America were laid during the early 20th-century birth control movement. That movement developed alongside the American eugenics movement. And significantly, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger recognized the eugenic potential of her cause.

Sanger was a known member of the American Eugenics Society. In addition to speaking at a Ku Klux Klan meeting by invitation, about which she wrote in her autobiography, the Planned Parenthood founder also advocated forced sterilization to rid the planet of those she deemed “unfit.” Despite this involvement, as Live Action News previously documented, Sanger’s namesake is listed on two current Planned Parenthood awards as well as Planned Parenthood facilities and Legacy Societies, with no condemnations from the abortion-friendly media.

Justice Thomas went into great detail, recording for posterity and for the public the truth about Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger. While we will not list all of the comments in detail here, some are more notable:

  • Sanger viewed birth control as a way to reduce the “ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”
  • Sanger argued that “Birth Control . . . is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method” of “human generation.”
  • In her view, birth control had been “accepted… as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health.”
  • Sanger accepted that eugenics was the best way toward a “solution of racial, political and social problems.”
  • Sanger believed that the imbalance between birth rates of the “fit” and “unfit” was “the greatest present menace to civilization.”
  • Sanger believed in “stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care for those who are born in health.”
  • In Sanger’s view, frequent reproduction among “the majority of wage workers” would lead to “the contributing of morons, feeble-minded, insane and various criminal types to the already tremendous social burden constituted by these unfit.”
  • [I]n 1939, Sanger initiated the “Negro Project,” an effort to promote birth control in poor, Southern Black communities.
  • In a report titled “Birth Control and the Negro,” Sanger and her coauthors identified Blacks as “the great problem of the South.”
  • She recruited Black clergy to reassure the Black community on the benefits of controlling their birth rates and to keep them from the idea that Sanger “want[ed] to exterminate the Negro population.”

Justice Thomas correctly points out that Sanger herself did not advocate abortion but regarded “the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year [as] a disgrace to civilization.” He made it clear that “[…]Sanger’s arguments about the eugenic value of birth control in securing ‘the elimination of the unfit’ apply with even greater force to abortion, making it significantly more effective as a tool of eugenics.”

“Whereas Sanger believed that birth control could prevent “unfit” people from reproducing, abortion can prevent them from being born in the first place,” he said, noting that abortion is a mere extension of Sanger’s eugenic mindset.

For further reading, Live Action News has detailed Planned Parenthood’s eugenic history in articles below:

“This case highlights the fact that abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation,” Thomas wrote.

In part two – we will review the Justice’s view of PP’s former doctor and president, Alan F Guttmacher.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a longer – edited- version of one also published by Live Action News. 

North Texas community embraces people with Down syndrome

Posted in Disability, Down Syndrome with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2018 by saynsumthn
Down syndrome

Blake Pyron, who lives in the small North Texas town of Sanger, has become the state’s first businessman with Down syndrome. Live Action recently sent a film crew to Denton County, Texas, to meet Blake, who, with the encouragement of his amazing family and supportive community, started Blake’s Snow Shack at the young age of 20.

Blake’s mother, Mary Ann, told Live Action News that she always wanted to be a mother. She has two sons: Mitchell, and his younger brother Blake, who was born with Down syndrome.

Blake became the youngest person in his city to own a business and he also became the first business owner with Down syndrome in his hometown of Sanger (and possibly all of Texas).

Image: Mary Ann and Blake Pyron for World Down Syndrome Day

Mary Ann and Blake Pyron for World Down Syndrome Day

As a result, Blake’s business has been recognized by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as well as other dignitaries, and Blake has been featured on many media outlets both nationally and internationally. Blake’s Snow Shack has also received a NASCAR endorsement.

Live Action News spoke with Mary Ann about how the community has embraced Blake. “Early on, I thought that it would be harder for Blake to make friends than his brother Mitchell,” she said. But that wasn’t the case. Blake is extremely outgoing and has become quite a legend in his community.

Image: Blake and brother Mitchell Pyron

Blake Pyron (R) and brother Mitchell Pyron (L)

“Once people people get to know him, they find it easy to like him. He has a lot of friends,” she stated.

One of Blake’s oldest and best friends is the son of Jennifer Watts, a long time friend of the family. Jennifer told Live Action News how her son Brance, who is currently playing football at Emporia State University in Kansas, became good friends with Blake.

Image: Jennifer Watts

Jennifer Watts

“My son was one of Blake’s ‘helpers.’ They were friends through school and lived in the same neighborhood,” she said. Blake and Brance began their friendship in the fourth grade. “Brance’s teacher, Mrs. Morris, was the one who was instrumental in that,” Jennifer said. “They were in the same home room and she knew Blake needed a helper. She had two or three students capable of managing their work and helping others. My son was one of them.”

Image: Brance Watts and Blake Pyron

Brance Watts (LH) and Blake Pyron (RH)

Jennifer said that the concept behind “Blake’s helper” was inclusion, and if Blake needed help, Brance would be a peer helper for him.

“Blake nicknamed Brance ‘Kip.’ And the name has stuck,” she said. “When Blake was participating in Special Olympics, Brance would get on the field and do his warm up walks and cheer him on.”

“Whenever Blake and Brance were in High School, Blake was part of their football team. He started out as a water boy and would run out through the sign. Their senior year, Blake was made an honorary team captain, ” Jennifer recalled.

Image: Blake Pyron and the Sanger football team

Blake  out front with Sanger football team

Pastor Jim Mann, an avid sports enthusiast and lead pastor at New Life Church in Sanger, has watched the community support Blake for years. Pastor Mann said that by the time he first met Blake, he was already embraced by the community. “He was a popular football team player, just one of the guys. That says a lot about a community to me.”

Image: Pastor Jim Mann

Pastor Jim Mann

Pastor Mann pointed to Blake’s family and praised the way Blake’s parents always encouraged him to do what he wanted to do.

Blake’s mom, Mary Ann, said exposure is key, and that Blake and her entire family loved to volunteer and do things around the community:

Our family served the community and that included Blake.  Because of that, we have had families tell us that their children are better people for having Blake as a friend. Family dynamic has also helped. His big brother Mitchell has been his biggest fan since day one.

Blake wanted to play football just like his big brother Mitchell, so Sanger High School and his coach made him the manager. He would run out with the flag in support of the team.

Blake’s football coach, Chuck Galbreath, was part of the community support for Blake and others with disabilities. He named not only Blake but another young student with Down syndrome, Austin Waters, as Honorary Team Captains.

“They’re an inspiration for all of us. I know for me, specifically,” the coach told the media in the video below.

“Whenever I talk to other moms, I tell them to be involved. All moms should be involved with their kids lives, but moms of kids with special needs have to do double time,” Mary Ann said.

She told Live Action News that as a result of the way Blake brought the community together around football, he was granted Sanger’s Citizen of the Year award in 2015.

Image: Blake Pyron gets Citizen of the Year Award

Blake receives Citizen of the Year award from Sanger, Texas

Blake graduated in 2015, but Mary Ann told Live Action News that because Blake paved the way, there is now another young man with Down syndrome at his old school who will have the same opportunities opening up to him. “If Blake had not paved the way, that wouldn’t be happening.”

In addition to football, Blake also loves music. His mother said she allowed Blake to follow his dreams and as a result, it was Blake that changed the world. “Blake loved music and we had a friend who taught him the guitar,” Mary Ann said. “He said, ‘If it doesn’t work, no hard feelings.’ And it worked.”

Image: Blake Pyron has Down syndrome and plays guitar

 

“[Our friend] said, ‘I never thought Blake could play the guitar. I am so glad I gave him the chance.’ He is now teaching a young lady with autism. Blake has opened his heart to expand.”

Pastor Mann said that family, church and community are key to coming alongside any family who has a child with special needs. New Life Church embraces all kinds of people, he said, pointing out that he has several families in his congregation who have disabilities or children with special needs. “When you have a church and an entire town behind you, it makes it a lot better,” he said.

Pastor Mann recalled the day that Blake hung out his shingle at Blake’s Snow Shack. “He was tearing it up – he had a lot of people eating snow cones.”

Image: Blake Pyron owns Blake's Snow Shack

Blake Pyron owns Blake’s Snow Shack

Although he usually doesn’t eat snow cones himself, Pastor Mann makes an effort to buy them from Blake anyway. “We’ve hired him a couple of times to do Vacation Bible School (VBS); he’s always the main attraction. The line is long.”

Live Action News asked these three how other communities could embrace people with Down syndrome just like Sanger has.

“Just embrace them like anyone else – just give them a chance,” Blake’s mother said. “Be accepting. Open your heart up to them as an individual, regardless of any diagnosis. Everyone should be seen as an equal. We are really all more alike than we are different.”

Jennifer agreed. “It means everything, the teacher being instrumental in creating a classroom environment where students of all abilities are welcome and where children help one another, the comradery and the team aspect, the environment she created — that’s real. I know it taught my son. It gave him an opportunity to help someone else and he felt good about that. It gave him an opportunity to help others. I felt it was just as beneficial to the quote unquote ‘normal students’ as it was to the students of disabilities.”

“Part of the solution is to celebrate people like Blake,” Pastor Mann stated. “Sanger has really embraced him, without being told they have to. It was authentic. It was real.”

“Blake brings hope to people,” said his number one fan, his mother Mary Ann. “He has such a wonderful personality. A lot of people with Down Syndrome do. I feel like these people who have gotten to know Blake – if they ever receive a diagnosis of Down syndrome, they will say, ‘Hey, I knew this really cool kid with Down syndrome.’”

Image: Blake Pyron

Down syndrome business owner Blake Pyron

 

Pastor Mann summed it all up: “You celebrate these people as people. See them for what they are and what they can contribute. Blake is always smiling. He always gives you a thumbs up. He is Sanger’s most famous resident. ”

Special Note: Wednesday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and Blake, as one of 12 speakers across the globe, has been invited to speak on Disability Employment at the United Nations Headquarters. Blake is expected to speak about the benefits and struggles of owning his own business, the reach of families that come to see him, and the impact his business has had within the community. The following day, on March 22, 2018, Blake will ring the NASDAQ opening bell at 8:30 am CT. Blake may be one of the first men with Down syndrome to to this.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

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Blake speaks to United Nations (2018)

 

 

Blake was invited to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange as well:

Down Syndrome youth becomes youngest business owner in his home town

Posted in Down Syndrome with tags , , , , , , , on February 12, 2016 by saynsumthn

The owner of a Texas snow cone business is showing the world what Down Syndrome people can accomplish. 20 year-old Blake Pyron is the youngest person in his city to become a business owner. Blake is like every other young man. He has a girlfriend and he wants to earn his own money to take her to the movies. What makes Blake unique is that he has Down Syndrome. Blake is also the first Down Syndrome business owner in his hometown of Sanger and possibly in the whole state of Texas.

Blake Pyron Downs Business OWner

Blake was born to Mary Ann and Billy Pyron in 1996. Mary Ann told Live Action News that she was asked by her doctor to have an amniocentesis, but she refused. The couple had vowed to accept any child the Lord gave them, “We didn’t take it because we knew we would never have an abortion,” she said.

Mary Ann, was also born in Sanger and she said that she had never really heard about Downs before Blake’s birth. She detailed a gloomy prognosis for her son which was given to her family from medical personnel who she said gave her no hope. Her biggest fear was that Blake was going to die.

“Whenever Blake was born, I did not know what Down Syndrome was. I was just 25 years old and his father was 26. When the doctor came in and said she thought he had it, I said, she is crazy, he is so perfect. They just didn’t give us a lot of hope.”

Blake Pyron now age 20 (image credit: Blake's Facebook page)

Blake Pyron now age 20 (image credit: Blake’s Facebook page)

As Live Action News has previously reported, women who are told their preborn child has Down syndrome are often pressured into an abortion, something disability advocates call a horrible and violent form of discrimination. A 2012 academic review of published literature on abortion after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in the United States found that more than half of preborn children with Down syndrome are aborted. Nine hospital-based studies showed the rate of abortion to be as high as 85% when a preborn child is diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Mary Ann and Billy Pyron, big brother Mitchell Pyron, and Blake Pyron (photo credit : Pyron Family)

Mary Ann and Billy Pyron, big brother Mitchell Pyron, and Blake Pyron (photo credit : Pyron Family)

The prognosis the Pyron family received was bleak, but, Mary Ann said she and her husband refused to believe that report. “In the hospital they were like, ‘Well, he might be able to walk, he might be able to talk,‘” Mary Ann recalled. “They didn’t give us much hope for Blake’s plans. But we had faith,” she told WFAA a local Dallas news outlet.

We always knew in our heart that this wasn’t the truth – that God has a plan for Blake.” And Mary Ann was right. Blake far superseded the doctor’s predictions and went on to become a football captain, the prom king, citizen of the year for Sanger, DFW super Star, and has been in a country music video.

“We are the ones that label the disabled, no where in the Bible does it say disabled. That is a man-made label we chose to put on these kids.”

“Blake is removing boundaries for these kids,” his mother said.

Mary Ann explained that when Blake was born the family did not have blogs, Facebook or websites to go to and reach out to others with the same struggles. She said only one family that she met had a Downs child. “We just raised Blake like we raised our oldest son Mitchell. Downs was such a small part of Blake, we knew God had plans for Blake.”

Blake Pyron (image credit: Blake's Snow Shack)

Blake Pyron (image credit: Blake’s Snow Shack)

Part of God’s plan is Blake’s Snow Shack which has opened a door for Blake and his family to tell their story. In October, Blake applied for a permit for the business. He then appeared before the City Council. Mary Ann reports that as God would have it, the approval letter for Blake’s Snow Shack arrived 20 years to the date when she and her husband said they received Blake’s diagnosis.

Blake is first Downs business owner in Sanger, Texas

Blake is first Downs business owner in Sanger, Texas

“We did some research and came across this snow cone business. When we finally got the paper from the city we realized that it was 20 years ago at that exact same time that the hospital was telling us he had Downs. And here he is becoming the first Downs business owner in Sanger and the youngest business owner. Possibly the only one person with Downs in Texas to own a business.”

Blake and his best friend Tanner (image: Blake's Snow Shack FB page)

Blake and his best friend Tanner (image: Blake’s Snow Shack FB page)

Blake who is the president of the company told Live Action News and that he is very excited about the business and he loves all the interviews. He has always wanted to be a business owner and said he looks up to his friend and neighbor Tanner Maple who will help him as his first employee. Blake admits that he really loves snow cones, noting that his favorite flavor is “blue coconut.” Live Action News asked Blake how many flavors Blake’s Snow Shack will provide, and he replied, “We are going to have a bunch.”

Blake Pyron (image credit Blake's Snow Shack FB page)

Blake Pyron (image credit Blake’s Snow Shack FB page)

Blake’s Snow Shack will open in April. After hearing Blake’s story, a Dallas Ad agency reached out to the Pyrons and has committed to helping Blake with his grand opening which will take place May 7, 2016.

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In advance of the opening, supporters of Blake and his business venture can place orders for a Blake’s Snow Shack T-shirt on his Facebook page here.

For Mary Ann it has never been about a snow cone business, for her it is about the babies and how Blake’s story will help mothers of these children understand how full their lives are, “Our lives are so rich because of Blake, I couldn’t imagine life without him,” Mary Ann said.

“I love it – when Blake was born we literally had one family to go to. I am deeply concerned that mothers of Downs babies are getting these blood tests and people that would never consider abortion lean towards it because doctors are telling them horrible things about it.”

Mary Ann said that Blake’s story has been picked up by a number of major media outlets and as a result she has been contacted from mothers as far away as Europe. Mary Ann said that because of Blake’s story, she has counseled many mothers who have received a report of Downs. She wants any mother who is given this diagnosis to feel free to reach out to her and has given Live Action News permission to publish an e-mail address where she can be reached. That address is maryannpyron@hotmail.com.

“I’ve had people tell me that Blake has changed them. I know that is the reason God put Blake here.”