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OH, THE FERGUSON IRONY! (Or Biggest Face Palm Ever)

Not sure if you’ve noticed it on Facebook or Twitter, but a new hashtag has exploded in social media since the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson was handed down. The hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter went viral. Yesterday I noticed something that made me roll my eyes so hard they fell out and I had to pick them up off the floor.

So what was that post? Well, Planned Parenthood jumped into the fray. Yes, really. They posted the following tweet on their Twitter feed:

We are joining #Ferguson organizers and protesters in DC today — standing in solidarity with you! #HandsUpWalkOut #BlackLivesMatter

Just the fact that PP would post that any lives matter is enough to cause a rational person to totally face-palm. But the irony here, no the self-awareness fail here, is so overwhelming that it just begged to be my article for this week. The hashtag was set up to make people aware of the supposed failures in our legal system that, again allegedly, give people of color less protection than white people. Whether you agree with that or not, the fact remains that Planned Parenthood is a huge threat to unborn children of color – far more than children of white women.

How so? Well in 2012 in New York City there were more abortions performed on black women than there were black children actually born. In that same city in 2011, 77.56% of the abortions performed were performed on black and Hispanic women, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC published a report called The Abortion Surveillance and in 2011 76,251 abortions were performed in New York City. That number broke down by race as follows: 9,550 white babies (12.5%); 35,188 babies were black (46.1%); 23,959 were Hispanic (31.4%); and another 7,554 were “other” which includes Asians and Native Americans and unreported race (9.9%). Margaret Sanger would be thrilled.

Let’s be clear about another little fact: Blacks in New York City comprise only 25.5% of the population and Hispanics comprise only 28.6% of the population (making both together a grand total of 54.1%) yet they killed their unborn children in a much higher percentage. Whites, on the other hand, only make up 44% of the population, yet only a small percentage decided that murdering their unborn was the thing to do. Again, Margaret Sanger would be jumping up and down for joy.

And that was just one US city. Nationally, and I when I say nationally I mean that the report only covers 27 areas that report, the numbers are also consistent with New York City in that blacks and Hispanics have much higher rates than white women. Per the report “Among the 27 areas that reported cross-classified race/ethnicity data for 2011 (Table 12), non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic black women accounted for the largest percentages of abortions (37.2% and 36.2%, respectively), and Hispanic women and non-Hispanic women in the other race category accounted for smaller percentages (19.7% and 7.0%, respectively). Non-Hispanic white women had the lowest abortion rate (8.0 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and ratio (132 abortions per 1,000 live births), and non-Hispanic black women had the highest abortion rate (29.7 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and ratio (459 abortions per 1,000 live births).”

The good news is that generally abortion numbers are dropping and continue to drop. Again, from the report: “From 2010 to 2011, the total number and rate of reported abortions decreased 5% and the abortion ratio decreased 4%, and from 2002 to 2011, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 13%, 14%, and 12%, respectively. In 2011, all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2002–2011).” Praise God for that!

Another little bit of fact to chew on about what lives matter: African-American women make up only 13 percent of the United States population of women who are of child-bearing age, yet 37 percent of all abortions are performed on black women. The abortion rate among black women is more than three times higher than that of white women. Rev. John J. Raphael of Howard University has calculated that approximately 13 million black children have been killed in utero since Roe v. Wade, representing a population decrease in the black community of nearly one quarter. Almost 40% of all black pregnancies currently end in abortion.

If Planned Parenthood truly worried in any way about any lives mattering, they would put themselves out of business. They certainly don’t care about black lives, or they would stop killing them in those outrageous numbers before they even have a chance to have a life that matters. In fact, they don’t and never have. If you haven’t heard the history of this dubious organization, it was, in short, started by a woman who hated minorities, people of faith and anyone disabled.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of the American Birth Control League, which later became Planned Parenthood, gave a speech at a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, and warned of the peril posed to society by the “black” and “yellow.”

Sanger was an avowed and proud racist. She spoke at length about sterilization of anyone she deemed “unfit” including minorities, the disabled and those “whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers.” Sanger founded the Birth Control Review in 1917 and published articles like “Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics” (June 1920), “The Eugenic Conscience” (February 1921), “The Purpose of Eugenics” (December 1924), “Birth Control and Positive Eugenics” (July 1925), and “Birth Control: The True Eugenics” (August 1928), among many others. More information about the Sanger legacy of Planned Parenthood can be found at

That Planned Parenthood targets those of color today can’t be ignored. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, which is the research arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, more than 90 percent of all abortion providers are located in metropolitan areas. Planned Parenthood is America’s leading abortion promoter and provider and they themselves identify their core clients as young, low-income women of color.

As I said in my own post the day I first saw the hashtag: Newsflash, if you support Planned Parenthood and use #BlackLivesMatter, you are either very confused, underinformed or don’t understand the hashtag.

I added in some of the facts found above, then finished with: So if you really think that #BlackLivesMatter maybe you should really start thinking that #AllLivesMatter.




Suzanne Olden

Suzanne Reisig Olden is a Catholic Christian, Conservative, married mother of two, who loves God, family and country in that order. She lives northwest of Baltimore, in Carroll County, Maryland. She graduated from Villa Julie College/Stevenson University with a BS in Paralegal Studies and works as a paralegal for a franchise company, specializing in franchise law and intellectual property. Originally from Baltimore, and after many moves, she came home to raise her son and daughter, now high school and college aged, in her home state. Suzanne also writes for The Firebreathing Conservative website ( and hopes you'll come visit there as well for even more discussion of conservative issues.