Following a 700 Club segment about black ministers who oppose abortion, Pat Robertson claimed that Planned Parenthood supports "black genocide" and wanted to use Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a black minister "who could do that for them."
On the May 11 edition of the Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson claimed that Planned Parenthood supports "black genocide" and wanted to use Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a black minister "who could do that for them."
Following a segment about black ministers who oppose abortion, Robertson attacked Planned Parenthood, claiming the family planning organization that also provides abortion services is "an organization that's trying to set up black genocide," adding that the group's "dirty little secret" is that foundations that provide financial support to it "didn't want to support a bunch of indigent black babies" and "want to cut down on the incidence of black birth." Robertson then asserted that birth control pioneer and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger also wanted "black genocide," and that she proposed a Planned Parenthood effort to hire "a leading black minister to lead the charge" and "selected Martin Luther King as possibly the person who could do that for them." Robertson concluded that "the record is out there; it's very clear. This isn't some conspiracy theory."
Planned Parenthood's response to allegations that Sanger supported a racial application of eugenics, a theory of socially controlling human reproduction, can be found here.
Media Matters for America has documented a number of comments Robertson has made about race. In November 2005 he said "Black folks aren't going to vote" for a Democratic nominee not nicknamed "Bubba." In February 2006, he suggested Europe was committing "racial suicide," and in March 2006 he called Muslims "satanic."
From the May 11 edition of the Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club:
ROBERTSON: Planned Parenthood has gotten $100 million, $50 million each, from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Why do these wealthy, so-called Republican organizations pay for it? Because they were alarmed by the growth of the black community and they didn't want to support a bunch of indigent black babies. I mean, that's the dirty little secret in there. And the government itself has been funding Planned Parenthood to the tune -- much in excess of $100 million a year.
And if [Rev.] Barry Lynn [executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State] is concerned about a few people in prison praying for Jesus, he ought to be concerned about $100 million in an organization that's trying to set up black genocide because that's what Margaret Sanger wanted. And she also says that "I've got to find a leading black minister to lead the charge," and they selected Martin Luther King as possibly the person who could do that for them. So they were looking around to get somebody that they could hire to take this message that birth control is a good thing for the black people and abortion is a good thing. It's all there. I mean, you talk about a plan, it's a definite plan. I'm not trying to look at conspiracies, but the record is clear, and these black ministers, God bless them, have got great clarity in light of what's happening because it is black genocide, that is the idea, and the people who are funding these programs want that. They don't want a whole lot of unemployed young black people. They want to cut down on the incidence of black birth. And they're paying great sums of money to organizations like Planned Parenthood to bring that about. There was a big scandal a few years ago about the fact that they were setting up their abortion clinics in black neighborhoods, in the poor areas of cities. So the record is out there; it's very clear. This isn't some conspiracy theory. They've made it clear what they want to do, and the money is sloshing in from your taxes.