Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and top-tier Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Your World” Wednesday and said Planned Parenthood puts “most of their clinics in black neighborhoods” so they can “control that population.”
“I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger, who founded this place—a woman who Hillary Clinton, by the way, says she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her,” Dr. Carson said.
Indeed, Margaret Sanger is the founder of Planned Parenthood and, Carson says, “I’m not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood. But you know, I know who Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believed in eugenics, and that she was not particularly enamored with black people.”
“And one of the reasons that you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find a way to control that population,” Carson said.
Dr. Carson isn’t creating these facts from thin air.
The map below, produced by protectingblacklife.org, shows Planned Parenthood abortion facilities “located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.” African-American neighborhoods are represented by blue, and Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods are represented by red.
We are told that Planned Parenthood’s principal focus is to provide health care for men and women and that abortion is simply about a “women’s right to choose.”
Let’s set that argument aside.
Look again at the map above. Now consider the fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control data, that in 2010 “non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic black women accounted for the largest percentages of abortions (36.8% and 35.7%, respectively).”
Some math: Non-Hispanic white women account for about 38.5 percent of the population. I arrived at that number by cutting the number of all non-Hispanic whites in half. Using census and CDC data, that 38.5 percent of white women accounted for 36.8 percent of abortions in 2010.
Conversely, non-Hispanic black women make up about 6.6 percent of the population. That’s the black population divided by two. And, again, using census and CDC data, non-Hispanic black women accounted for 35.7 percent of the abortions performed in 2010.
Is that not a horrifically blatant disparity (especially considering less than that 6.6 percent consists of black women of actual childbearing age)?
The map and the figures above seem to legitimize Dr. Carson’s assertion that Planned Parenthood has strategically cornered the market on aborting black babies.