Letter: Health care is ‘fundamental human right’

Letters to the editor illustrate that Planned Parenthood (PP) is one of the most controversial organizations in this country. Discussions involving PP should include research to obtain facts rather than dealing in generalities. Attitudes and philosophy are best expressed by officials who speak for the organization.

Margaret Sanger, founder of the organization that became PP, was a vocal eugenics enthusiast. In her desire to create a cleaner race, she penned her desire to exterminate individuals she deemed unfit for the human family. After all, birth control is nothing more or less than weeding out ... the unfit — the dead weight of human waste. (Pivot of Civilization, 1922)

While wanting to rid the world of inferior human groups she stated that feeble-minded persons, habitual congenital criminals, those afflicted with inheritable diseases, and others found to be biologically unfit should be sterilized. (American Weekly Magazine, 1934)

Also, the most merciful thing a large family does to one of its members is to kill it. (Woman and the New Race, 1920)

Moving forward, PP asserts that ten-year-olds have the right to contraception, sterilization and abortion without their parents’ knowledge. (International Planned Parenthood Foundation, Adolescent Fertility, London, 1983)

When appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Cecile Richards, president of PP, defended her organization against allegations of selling fetal tissue for profit.

Annual reports state PP is essential in providing health care. Instead, through its grotesque abortion policy, it is involved in the destruction of the unborn and society in general. Since Roe v. Wade, PP has taken the lives of more than seven million unborn children while collecting billions of taxpayer dollars. These funds would be better directed to health care centers that would provide a full range of health care for men, women and children.

Health care is a fundamental human right that should never include the destruction of humanity.

— Carol Schneider Milford