NFL player Ben Watson has made a radical charge against Planned Parenthood. The 35-year-old Baltimore Ravens tight end alleged Planned Parenthood was created to eliminate the black race while discussing how race factors into abortion during an interview with the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, CBS Sports reported Sunday.
“I wouldn’t say I have any unique insight,” he said. "I do know that blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and [Margaret] Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks, and it’s kind of ironic that it’s working.”
According to Watson, who has written lengthy and popular essays highlighting the many social injustices faced in the black community, Planned Parenthood is one of the biggest forces pushing minorities to get abortions.
“We [as minorities] support candidates, and overwhelmingly support the idea of having Planned Parenthood and the like, and yet, that is why she created it," Watson said. "We are buying it hook, line, and sinker, like it's a great thing. It's just amazing to me and abortion saddens me period, but it seems to be something that is really pushed on minorities and provided to minorities especially as something that they should do."
Over the years, Sanger has received a lot of criticism over her ideals about abortion and the black community. In the late 1930's, Sanger started "The Negro Project," which was aimed at providing abortion and pregnancy prevention services in the rural south. Her known support of the Nazi party's eugenics movement, the idea of improving the human race by encouraging reproduction based on specific genes, has led to backlash in recent years, the Washington Post reported.
However, when the first Planned Parenthood opened in 1916, the facilities were targeted at immigrant women, not blacks. The first facility Sanger opened was in an area with a large population of Italians and Eastern European Jews.
A 2011 report by Life Dynamics found only 110 locations out of about 800 Planned Parenthood facilities were located in areas where the black population exceeds 25 percent of the overall population. A separate report conducted by the Guttmatcher Institute in 2011 concluded 60 percent of all abortion providers including Planned Parenthood are found in predominately white neighborhoods.
A 2011 study conducted by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while the rate for minority women getting abortions was on the decline, Hispanic and black women were still four times more likely to get an abortion compared with white women.
Watson said young white females who get pregnant are glamorized and encouraged to keep their children, while young minority females who get pregnant are urged to get abortions.
"In the public, it seems to be painted that when minorities get pregnant they need to get abortions, especially when it comes to teen pregnancy," he said. "It's like when black girls are pregnant, it's like a statistic, but when white girls get pregnant, they get a TV show [like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant”]."
Watson later wrote a Facebook post claiming men also play a major role in the minority abortion rate.
“(A) lot of the women wouldn't be having abortions if the men would step up and be a part of what they are already biologically a part of," he wrote.