1. Hispanics: The Fastest Growing Minority in the U.S.
“The U.S. Hispanic population in the U.S. is around 54 million, or about 17% of the total population. Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the country: their projected population for 2050 is 127 million, at which point they will constitute 29% of the nation’s population.
2. Brief History of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
Margaret Sanger, PPFA founder, denounced monogamous marriage as “a degenerate institution” and supported “free love.” She viewed motherhood as the enslavement of women, and birth control was the means to liberate women from this biological servitude.1 Sanger was a convert to racial eugenics. She and her colleagues, such as W.E.B. DuBois, published racist articles in her journal, The Birth Control Review: “. . . the mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that part of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly.”2
Sanger considered most U.S. immigrants to be inferior, and believed that eugenics were the answer: “That these foreigners who have come in hordes have brought with them their ignorance of hygiene and modern ways of living and that they are handicapped by religious superstitions is only too true . . . . I believe that now, immediately, there should be national sterilization for certain dysgenic types of our population who are being encouraged to breed and would die out were the government not feeding them.”3
To this day, PPFA upholds and promotes Sanger’s ideals.
PPFA claims to be the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate, with 82 independent local affiliates that operate 749 centers throughout the U.S., nearly one-fourth of which perform abortions. PPFA is a multi-million dollar abortion and contraception empire. It collected $542.4 million in government grants and contracts during the 2011/2012 fiscal year, and ended that year with $87.4 million in profits.
Abortion was not legal during Sanger’s times, but the idea was on her mind: “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”4 Today, of the 749 “reproductive healthcare” centers PPFA operates, 322 are abortion facilities.5 As of January 1, 2013, Planned Parenthood has aborted 6.4 million preborn babies, and is currently responsible for 29 percent of all abortions in the U.S.6
4. Contraception and sex “education”
Sanger’s birth control ideology was tied to her eugenics mindset: “More children for the fit; fewer for the unfit, this is the essence of birth control’.”7
Many modern contraceptives have an abortifacient effect, e.g., the Pill and the IUD. They also have harmful side effects on women: breast cancer, increase risk of heart disease.8
Planned Parenthood has developed abortion, contraception, and sex “education” programs to target Hispanics, e.g., “La Promesa” (“The Promise”) in Palm Beach County, Florida; Hispanic Initiative (“Abriendo Caminos” – “Opening Passageways”) in Metropolitan Washington; and an outreach to Hispanics of South Texas.
PPFA sex “education” promotes among teens contraception, abortion, fornication, and homosexuality. This is evident from its website, which includes a section in Spanish that targets Hispanics.19
5. Importance of Hispanics for the pro-life cause in the U.S.
The majority of Hispanics are Catholic and their culture is pro-life/family. Because of their lack of resources, however, they are easily deceived by Planned Parenthood when they arrive at this country and seek help.
It’s time for Hispanics to cease being victims and become collaborators in the fight against the culture of death. Educating our families and communities about pro-life/family issues is crucial if we are going to preserve Hispanics’ natural love of family and faith, and build a culture of life.
1. Don Feder, A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America (Huntington House Publisher: LA, 1993), 103.
2. W.E.B. DuBois. “Black Folk and Birth Control.” Birth Control Review, Vol. XVI, No. 6 ( June 1932, the “Negro Number”), 167.
3. Quoted in Linda Grant. “A Laboratory of Women.” The Independent on Sunday, September 19, 1993, pp. 14-15.
4. Margaret Sanger. “Woman and the New Race [New York City: Brentano’s], 1920, pp. 62-63.
5. STOPP, “2011 Report on Planned Parenthood Facilities in the United States.”
6. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Annual Reports.
7. Sanger, The Birth Control Review, May, 1919.
8. Brian Clowes, PhD, HLI’s Pro-Life DVD Library, 2010 Edition, “The Facts of Life”, “Abortifacients”.