Walter Hoye

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic

In Abortion on September 20, 2010 at 3:11 am

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., founder Margaret Sanger created the Negro Project in 1939, after the organization changed its name from the American Birth Control League (ABCL) to the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA) (Robert G. Marshall and Charles A. Donovan, Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1991, 24-25.). In 1929, ten (10) years before Sanger created the Negro Project, the ABCL laid the groundwork for a birth control clinic in Harlem, a largely Black section of New York City. It was the dawn of the Great Depression, and for Black Americans that meant double the misery. Black Americans faced harsher conditions of desperation and privation because of widespread racial prejudice and discrimination.

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic and Private Funding

From the American Birth Control League’s (ABCL) perspective, Harlem was the ideal place for this “experimental clinic,” which officially opened on November 21, 1930. Many Black Americans looked to escape their adverse circumstances and therefore did not recognize the eugenic undercurrent of the clinic. The clinic relied on the generosity of private foundations to remain in business (Letter from Nathan W. Levin, comptroller for the Julius Rosenwald Fund, responding to Sangers request for funds, which opens with, “I am pleased to enclose our check in the amount of $2,500, representing the balance of our appropriation to the Harlem Birth Control Clinic for 1930.” 5 January 1931, MSCLC.). Please note that the Julius Rosenwald Fund was also one of the original backers of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. The Tuskegee Syphills Study has been cited as “arguably the most infamous biomedical research study in U.S. history.” (Katz RV, Kegeles SS, Kressin NR, et al., November 2006. “The Tuskegee Legacy Project: Willingness Of Minorities To Participate In Biomedical Research”, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) 17 (4): 698–715.)

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic Experiment Worked

Today Planned Parenthood is not simply funded by private investors. Today Planned Parenthood is also federally funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars. Today Planned Parenthood is no longer experimenting with birth control clinics. Today Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the world. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood opened their fourth (4th) “Super Center Clinic” in Houston, Texas. This “Super Center Clinic” is the largest of the new clinics, standing six stories tall with 78,000 square-feet on six acres. Brothers, abortion is killing us. Even Margaret Sanger, the founder and past president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, knew that abortion takes a human life. In her 1938 autobiography she says: “no matter how early it (i.e., abortion) was performed it (i.e., abortion) was taking life” (Sanger, Margaret (1938). Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography. New York: W. W. Norton. p. 217.). Today, as a Black man of the cloth, I am begging Pastors everywhere to see the handwriting on the wall. George Santayana once said and has been credited with this quote: “Those who cannot learn from [their] history are doomed to repeat it.”

Brothers, we really need to talk.


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