WASHINGTON, DC – Rev. Dean Nelson, the Executive Director of Human Coalition Action and African American minister, made the following statement on Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s decision to remove its founder from its Manhattan clinic.
“This Planned Parenthood chapter’s decision to remove its founder and infamous eugenicist Margaret Sanger’s name from its Manhattan abortion clinic is long overdue. However, it’s just a small step. You cannot acknowledge the racist person and history with out admitting to the racist vision that has resulted in nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities being located within walking distance of Black neighborhoods. This is the fulfillment of Margaret Sanger’s vision. It is unconscionable that the taxes of Americans go to an organization with racist founding and mission. There’s no redeeming Planned Parenthood’s tainted origins and current day racist practices, and I call on Congress to follow Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s lead and fully defund Planned Parenthood.”