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Yes, Planned Parenthood’s founder spoke to the Klan – but the photo is a fake

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With the topic of America’s history in racism once again a focus in the news, a fake image of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger speaking to the Klu Klux Klan has been circulating online. While the image is not real, what is quite real is the fact that Sanger, a proponent of eugenics, spoke to a meeting of the women’s branch of KKK in 1926.

The event took place in Silver Lake, New Jersey, and Sanger described in it in her autobiography:

I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…. I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…. I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…. In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered. (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)

Sanger called that event “one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing.”

That being said, the image below, which purports to show Sanger giving that speech before her adoring Klan supporters is not authentic. The image was part of a blogger’s photo contest.

Photo of Margaret Sanger W/ KKK is fake

Sanger and Klan image was part of blog photo contest in 2005 — it is not authentic.

The Sanger/Klan fake was published by the “Margaret Sanger Blog Spot” which held an annual photo contest because, in the blog’s words, “The Big Abortion Industry still holds Margaret Sanger out as an icon. Artwork is one more important ways to promote the truth about Margaret Sanger.”

The blog’s instructions for the contest were to “commemorate Sanger at the Klan rally in unique artistic ways,” including “modern interpretations of Sanger speaking to the Klan.”

But Sanger’s views were so outrageous in and of themselves that there is no need to circulate inaccurate depictions, which could lead to attempts to discredit her meeting with the Klan altogether.

Sanger has a very controversial history as an enthusiastic proponent of eugenics and a member of the American Eugenics Society. This philosophy not only fed her work within the Planned Parenthood movement, but her lesser known advocacy of euthanasia as well. The organizations Sanger founded, such as The American Birth Control League (ABCL) and later, Planned Parenthood, also have ties to many eugenics proponents.

Clarence Cook Little

Clarence C. Little

One of those connections was a man by the name of Clarence Cook Little.

According to a biographical memoir published by the National Academy of Sciences, Little held various distinguished positions. He was the president of the University of Maine and of the University of Michigan, and he was the managing director of the American Society for the Control of Cancer.

He was named the director of The Jackson Laboratory and later accepted a position as scientific director of the Tobacco Industrial Research Committee. He was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Sadly, Little was also president and founding member of The American Eugenics Society, as well as a board member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League. He was also the Birth Control Federation President, and sat on the previously mentioned American Euthanasia Society board.

Little was also listed on the 1938 Committee for Planned Parenthood.

CC Little ties to Eugenics and Sanger’s ABCL

Little has since been denounced by some in modern society who have called for his name to be removed from the University of Michigan’s science building for his belief in eugenics. An op-ed penned by the daughter of an interracial couple and a student at the University of Michigan published last year by MTV.com shows the disdain for Little:

There is a building (and a bus stop) on the University of Michigan campus named for Clarence Cook (C.C.) Little. He was the University’s president in 1925, and an outspoken “scientific” racist and eugenicist, who believed that “inferior” races should undergo involuntary sterilization. I often sat at the bus stop bearing his name while I waited to go to class. Little would have hated that.

Despite the merit of these denouncements, few have expressed concern over Little’s ties to Planned Parenthood’s history.

Hilda Cornish

Another interesting eugenics connection to both Sanger and Planned Parenthood is a woman by the name of Hilda Kahlert Cornish. Hilda Cornish chaired the Arkansas Eugenics Association. According to a 1986 article in an Arkansas newspaper, Cornish received much of her counsel directly from Margaret Sanger. In fact, the Blytheville Courier Press notes that the sons of the two leaders were roommates at Yale University.

The documentary film on eugenics, Maafa21 (clipped below) details disturbing connections the Arkansas Eugenics Association had to Planned Parenthood:

The film states:

From its beginning, Planned Parenthood always had powerful ties to the American Eugenics community. In fact, in many places they were often one in the same.

For example, when the first birth control clinic was opened in Arkansas, it was operated by the Arkansas Eugenics Association and overseen by a woman named Hilda Cornish.

Later, the Arkansas Eugenics Association would become the Arkansas State Affiliate of Planned Parenthood and Cornish would be named its executive director.

Documents obtained by Live Action News confirm this fact.

A 1945 Planned Parenthood directory reveals that Mrs. Edward Cornish was the director of the Planned Parenthood Association of Arkansas. Cornish was active with the Democrat Party and married to banker Edward Cornish, according to Arkansas historians.

She is also listed as a member of the American Eugenics Society.

According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas:

In the summer of 1930, [Cornish] met Margaret Sanger… The two developed a friendship maintained by correspondence and occasional meetings. During that summer, Cornish visited Sanger’s Clinical Research Bureau in New York, and she launched the Arkansas birth control movement later that same year.

At Cornish’s initiative, a group of physicians, business and religious leaders, and women active in civic work formed the Arkansas Eugenics Association (AEA)…. In early 1931, the association opened the Little Rock Birth Control Clinic in the basement of Baptist Hospital…. Cornish also worked with the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control.

The online historical site added that in 1942, The Arkansas Eugenics Association changed its name… to the Planned Parenthood Association of Arkansas.

Segregated Clinics

Authors of the bookHidden Histories of Women in the New South, noted that the “first report of the Arkansas Eugenics Association stated that the Little Rock clinic registered 161 White women during its first eleven months of service.”

The book concludes that Cornish was more aligned with promoting birth control than the national eugenics movement. (That being said, Sanger herself wanted to merge her publications with the national eugenics organization.)

The book‘s authors reveal that the clinic “directed its efforts towards poor women only,” yet they imply a prejudice against Blacks by writing that “African American women were not invited to the [Arkansas Eugenics] clinic from its start in 1931.”

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The authors add that “until 1937, only white women actually had the opportunity to receive services” and the organization “held separate hours for white and African American women.” The book also notes that “most of [the American Birth Control League’s] clinics were segregated.” The ABCL later changed its name to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s beloved founder Margaret Sanger reached out to many people who saw Blacks as less than equal, and this includes the Klan and the Eugenics movement.

Today, many believe that Sanger’s racist ideologies have penetrated much of her work. And even without an image to document Sanger’s speech before the Klan, Planned Parenthood knows her history, as revealed in her own autobiography.

Instead of repudiating Sanger, taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood honors her as a hero, naming their most prestigious award after her. It’s despicable.

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

Pro-lifers want investigation into abortion doc who used kitchen tools in abortions

Posted in Abortion Training, Abortionist, Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by saynsumthn

Pro-lifers are calling for the investigation of a Planned Parenthood abortion doctor caught talking about fetal research on secretly recorded tape. Lisa Harris, who once wrote that she “does society’s dirty work”, also bragged that she felt liberated after using “ordinary kitchen tools” to perform legal abortions.

Lisa Harris kitchen tool abortion PP

Lisa Harris the Planned Parenthood abortionist, writes in the Atrium, a Report of the Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bio-Ethics Program in 2014:

    “I set down the tray and pour the bowl’s contents into a hand held kitchen strainer. It is an ordinary kitchen strainer that I purchased at the bed and bath store…I run water through the strainer to clear away the blood and empty the strained contents onto another tray. The patient whose abortion I have just done was early in her pregnancy…I move the tissue into a square Pyrex baking dish…I use ordinarily kitchen tools…I do society’s dirty work….I turn women into non-mothers…(I know full well that most women seeking abortions are mothers…)And fetuses die at my hands.”

In leaked undercover video footage from the Center for Medical Progress, received this week by GotNews.com after being put online by a hacker, the Michigan Planned Parenthood abortion doctor was recorded telling a NAF audience that a baby’s head sometimes gets stuck when dismembering them in an abortion and that she is concerned about the regulations that govern research.

Lida Harris Univ of Michigan

Saynsumthn has previously reported that in a separate recording, Harris told CMP that all “research projects” at the Planned Parenthood affiliate she is with go through their VP of medical services. She also said that, “All research projects pay – pay for the effort but there’s never been like a per specimen fee.” In addition Harris expressed concern that “research regulations” “get in the way.”

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As a result of her statements, 50 pro-life activists gathered in front of the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood where Harris works to call for Michigan’s Attorney General to investigate the abortionist. Planned Parenthood has of course denied any wrongdoing but pro-life activists are not convinced.

“I think there’s evidence to the allegations we’re making and we believe this is something that needs to be looked into
,” Monica Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society who organized the event, told MLive.com.

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In the video it says quite clearly what she’s doing,” Miller added.

Planned Parenthood receives $528 million federal tax dollars annually and pressure is mounting to have them defunded after a steady flow of shocking video has been made public from the Center for Medical Progress and other sources.

I don’t believe Planned Parenthood could be what it is today without the millions of dollars they get from the federal and state government,” Pro-lifer Lynn Mills, who also helped organize the press conference, said. “They need to be cut off.”

As Saynsumthn has previously reported, this abortionist once described doing a late-term abortion while pregnant. Harris also admitted that abortion procedures are violent, that abortion victims really do look like pro-lifers’ photos and has said that re-assembling fetal body parts often elicits “feelings of awe” in abortionists.

Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills

Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills

Mills, who is the director of Pro-Life Detroit, told Saynsumthn that she would like for every pro-lifer who reads this story to contact the Michigan Attorney General and request that Planned Parenthood and Harris be investigated, “The words that came directly out of Lisa Harris’ mouth alone should prompt an investigation.” Mills said.

Harris herself challenges fetal tissue regulations and how they restrict what she can do. In past interviews with media outlets that I have listened to, Harris has bemoaned all abortion restrictions claiming abortion operators should be able to self-govern and self-rule. Well, is this what you get when you self-rule? Abortionists selling baby parts?”

“I urge concerned citizens everywhere to call 517-373-1101 and tell Attorney General Bill Schuette to launch an investigation,” Mills added.

A representative from state Senator Patrick Colbeck’s office said the senator has forwarded the video to the attorney general and requested that he investigate the matter further. Colbeck has also introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in Michigan by halting any state money flowing to the organization, according to MLive.com.

( Images of press conference credit: Lynn Mills Facebook)

Planned Parenthood doc in leaked vid once did abortion while pregnant

Posted in Abortionist, Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood abortionist, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2015 by saynsumthn

Leaked undercover video footage shows a pro-life group talking with a Michigan Planned Parenthood abortion doctor who once described doing a later term abortion while pregnant.

Lida Harris Univ of Michigan

The focus of the video is abortionist Lisa Harris who is described by the pro-abortion blog, RH Reality Check as a Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan and is co-medical director of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan, and the Director of University of Michigan’s Fellowship in Family Planning. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Reproductive Health Technologies Partnership.

The never-before-released video footage recorded by the Center for Progress (CMP) video, was leaked by GotNews.com who said they got them after a hacker allegedly uploaded them to YouTube. CMP videos released to date have exposed Planned Parenthood’s horrific baby parts operation prompting some members of Congress to question their $528 million dollar a year funding by tax payers.

In a 2008 paper entitled, “Second Trimester Abortion Provision: Breaking the Silence and Changing the weeks Discourse,” Harris describes performing an abortion on a preborn baby at 18 weeks while she herself was 18 weeks pregnant.

Harris writes, “I went about doing the procedure as usual.

“I used electrical suction to remove the amniotic fluid, picked up my forceps and began to remove the fetus in parts, as I always did. I felt lucky that this one was already in the breech position – it would make grasping small parts (legs and arms) a little easier.”

The abortionist continued:

“With my first pass of the forceps, I grasped an extremity and began to pull it down. I could see a small foot hanging from the teeth of my forceps. With a quick tug, I separated the leg. Precisely at that moment, I felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus. It was one of the first times I felt fetal movement. There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a “thump, thump” in my abdomen.”

Lisa Harris

To recap, the now Planned Parenthood abortionist who was 18 weeks pregnant wrote that she, “felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus” as while dismembering another woman’s 18 week preborn baby.

But wait…there is more.

In the same paper, Harris later writes about a 23 week abortion she performed and how she had to assemble the parts of the baby:

“As a third-year resident I spent many days in our hospital abortion clinic. The last patient I saw one day was 23 weeks pregnant. I performed an uncomplicated D&E procedure. Dutifully, I went through the task of reassembling the fetal parts in the metal tray. It is an odd ritual that abortion providers perform – required as a clinical safety measure to ensure that nothing is left behind in the uterus to cause a complication – but it also permits us in an odd way to pay respect to the fetus (feelings of awe are not uncommon when looking at miniature fingers and fingernails, heart, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands), even as we simultaneously have complete disregard for it.”

Adding that after she dismembered a 23 week preborn baby she, “rushed upstairs to take overnight call on labour and delivery.”

The image you may have gotten from Harris is that she is some sort of Frankenstein. Her words conjure up pictures of a mad serial killer who can repeatedly kill without feelings of empathy for her victims.

When you meet Harris, you do not get the image of a heartless killer who would cherish her baby’s life while destroying another. In the video below, you get a sense that Harris is a decent person who simply cares for the health of women. That is, if you did not know with her own words what Harris does to these children.


In the footage released by GotNews.com, Harris speaks with an investigator from the Center for Medical Progress who asks her how far abortions are performed at her Planned Parenthood facility. Harris tells CMP, “19 and 6” meaning 19 weeks, 6 days. She also tells CMP that she has been involved in fetal tissue research in the past with, “independent / individual researchers” who needed either fetal tissue or organs.

Lisa Harris Planned Parenthood Center for Medical Progress

Harris, who asked in her paper mentioned above, “What normal person does this kind of work?” told CMP that all “research project” at the Planned Parenthood affiliate she is with go through their VP of medical services. She also says that, “All research projects pay – pay for the effort but there’s never been like a per specimen fee.”

Harris appears distracted during the conversation but made it clear to CMP that she was most concerned about the “research regulations” that “get in the way.” She said her interest in using aborted children for research was that women be allowed to “feel good” about their abortion.

Despite wanting women to think they are doing something good when they have an abortion, Harris once admitted that there is violence in an abortion even suggesting that the label of abortionists as “butchers” might be accurate:

There is violence in abortion, especially in second trimester procedures…Instead of acknowledging what is on the placards, abortion rights activists may say in response to them that they are fake pictures or that abortions don’t really look like that. However, to a doctor and clinic team involved in second trimester abortion, they very well may. Of course, acknowledging the violence of abortion risks admitting that the stereotypes that anti-abortion forces hold of us are true – that we are butchers, etc.,” she wrote.