NY Planned Parenthood Removing Margaret Sanger's Name From Clinic Over 'Harmful Connections'

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Planned Parenthood of Greater New York is removing the name of its late founder, Margaret Sanger, due to the abortion provider's "harmful connection to the eugenics movement."

The decision comes after more than 350 current and former staffers and 800 donors to the clinic deemed Sanger "a racist white woman," according to a report from The New York Times.

Lila Rose, founder of the pro-life group Live Action, commented on the decision to remove Sanger's name from the Manhattan facility, writing, "The evil that Margaret Sanger started when she founded Planned Parenthood 100 years ago pales in comparison to the atrocities the corporation does today."

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser called on Planned Parenthood to "immediately publish its historical abortion data by race, given indications they have skewed the replacement of abortion facilities and actively target minority communities" and "drop its fierce opposition to anti-discrimination laws that protect unborn children from being selected for abortion due to their race, sex, or disability," according to Fox News.

Karen Seltzer, chair of the New York clinic's board, said Tuesday the removal of Sanger's name from the facility "is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood's contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color."

As recently as 2016, Planned Parenthood released a document admitting Sanger had said some inappropriate things, but argued she was overall well-intentioned.

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