Birth Control, said Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, “means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks.”

“We are thrilled to announce that Missouri women can now access safe and legal abortion services at our midtown health center,” enthused the interim CEO of the local Planned Parenthood chapter, Aaron Samulcek. “Midtown” is a euphemism for the corner of Troost and Emanuel Cleaver Blvd.

For Planned Parenthood, the location makes perfect business sense. Historically, 43 percent of the abortions in Missouri are performed on African American babies. The state as a whole is 12 percent African American. The math here is numbing. A black unborn baby is more than three times likely to be aborted than a white baby in Missouri. The NAACP brass recently put out a travel advisory for blacks in Missouri. They should have noted that the most dangerous place for young African Americans is at their neighborhood abortion clinic. More than 20 million black unborn babies have had their lives ended in those clinics since Roe v. Wade.

It is fitting too that these babies will end their days on a street named after Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. A few years back, Planned Parenthood praised Cleaver for his “tireless work on behalf of millions of women . . . who faced the most aggressive attacks on women’s health and rights in a generation.”

The Reverend Cleaver was not always a Planned Parenthood favorite. According to the Christian Post, “There was a time, before the character-morphing act of running for national political office, that he was passionately pro-life.” Indeed, as late as 1990, he served on the Advisory Board of Missouri Citizens for Life.

Now, however, Cleaver champions Planned Parenthood, an organization whose founder, Margaret Sanger, hoped her efforts would lead to the elimination of people who looked like Emanuel Cleaver. The great challenge of the day, said Sanger, was “to prevent the sexual and racial chaos into which the world has drifted.”

Any plan to outbreed the “ever-increasing army of under-sized, stunted, and dehumanized slaves” would inevitably fail the race and deny fit women mastery over their own biological destiny. Society, said Sanger, simply could not leave to “chance and chaotic breeding” the perpetuation of the unfit.

Sanger insisted on more active measures, measures that might have to be “drastic and Spartan.” This message played well to the Ku Klux Klan audiences to which Sanger spoke. It is beyond perverse that Cleaver and the organization he chairs, the Congressional Black Caucus, would be promoting the organization Sanger founded, but it sure as hell belongs on Cleaver Blvd.

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