The True Talking Points and Admissions of Planned Parenthood and Company

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Get Educated


  • A 1965 Planned Parenthood pamphlet noted, “An abortion kills the life of the baby after it has begun.”[1]  
  • “… at least one [sperm] will reach the egg, fertilize it, and conception will take place. A new life will begin.”  (Conception, Birth and Contraception  Approved by Planned Parenthood and SIECUS in 1969 as “a fine book” with a “solid base for understanding … reproduction”.)  To read more about this book, visit:


  • Some of the strongest abortion advocates freely admit that abortion is the destruction of a human person.  On the Phil Donahue Show with Randall Terry and Faye Wattleton, the executive director of Planned Parenthood, “[w]hen Terry said, ‘It’s not a frog or a ferret being killed, it’s a baby,’ Wattleton responded, ‘I am fully aware of that, I am fully aware of that.'”[2] 
  • Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, is known for stating:  “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” (Women and the New Race, 1923)
  • Dr. Warren Hern, a notorious late-term abortionist in Boulder, Colorado, refers to human pregnancy as “an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition … May be defined as an illness … Treated by evacuation of the uterine contents…”(“Is Pregnancy Really Normal?” Family Planning Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9) 
  • In summary judgment papers filed in Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey v. Verniero, ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys wrote:  “[T]he physician providing an abortion by definition sets out with the purpose of performing a procedure that he knows will kill the fetus, and that does kill the fetus.  Physicians performing abortions . . . . always have the proscribed purpose. Moreover, the physician’s completion of the abortion procedure results in the death of the fetus.”


  • Planned Parenthood has advocated for compulsory sterilization of all who have two children.  (Family Planning Perspectives (a Planned Parenthood publication), June, Oct. 1970) 


  • Dr. Bernard Nathanson, M.D., who co-founded NARAL, remembers laughing when his organization made up the slogans “freedom of choice” and “women must have control over their own bodies.”  He reports, “We were looking for some sexy, catchy slogans to capture public opinion.”[3] 
  • Dr. Nathanson also admits that the abortion movement was based on lies, not women’s rights.  [W]e simply fabricated the results of fictional polls.  We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60 percent of Americans were in favor of permissive abortion….We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S….Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. 
  • The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250 annually.  The figure we constantly fed to the media was 10,000.  These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans, convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion laws….[A]bortion is now being used as a primary method of birth control in the U.S. and the annual number of abortions has increased by 1,500 percent since legalization.[4]


  • Margaret Sanger’s Journal, The New Republic detailed the true basis for abortion:  “We are done with the theory that babies, like sunshine and rain, are the gifts and visitations of God, to be accepted submissively and with a grateful heart.”[5]
  • Sanger also wrote, “What rebel women claim…is the right to be lazy.  The right to be an unmarried mother.  The right to destroy…”[6] 

That, in the final summary of this issue is what abortion advocates claim—not the right to privacy, but the right to destroy—in the words of Planned Parenthood’s own founder.

[1] Nat’l Right to Life, The Basics, (last visited Dec. 8, 2009).
[2] Donahue Transcript #3288, 9/6/91.
[3] Kupelian and Masters, Abortionist Whistleblowers Tell All, at 8.
[4] Id. at 9.
[5] Ellen Chester, Woman of Valor:  Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America 129 (Simon & Schuster 1992).
[6] Chester, Woman of Valor at 99.

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