The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is attempting to disavow its founder, Margaret Sanger, for her views on race but is encountering criticism from those who say the abortion provider is perpetuating racism in its current practices.
In a New York Times op-ed Saturday, the organization acknowledged Sanger’s past with eugenics and it committed to “reckoning” with her legacy by, among other things, making her less prominent in their “present and future.”
“We will no longer make excuses or apologize for Margaret Sanger’s actions,” said CEO and president Alexis McGill Johnson.
“But we can’t simply call her racist, scrub her from our history, and move on. We must examine how we have perpetuated her harms over the last century — as an organization, an institution, and as individuals.”