Planned Parenthood Refutes Herman Cain’s Comments About Abortion Clinics

The presidential hopeful says that the organization targets Black communities.

Posted: 10/31/2011 09:28 AM EDT
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Herman Cain has recently gone back and forth on the issue of abortion, but in an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation, he said unequivocally that he “is pro-life from conception, period” and that no exceptions should be made for incidences of rape or incest. The comment contradicts remarks he made in a recent CNN interview in which he suggested that the decision should be left up to the mother or the family.

 

Cain also double-downed on a statement he made earlier this year, stating that Planned Parenthood is really “planned genocide” designed to kill Black babies, and that the reproductive services organizations has placed the bulk of its abortion clinics in Black communities.

 

“If people go back and look at the history and look at Margaret Sanger's own words, that's exactly where that came from. Look up the history,” Cain said referring to the organization’s founder. “So if you go back and look up the history—secondly, look at where most of them were built; 75 percent of those facilities were built in the Black community — and Margaret Sanger's own words, she didn't use the word "genocide," but she did talk about preventing the increasing number of poor Blacks in this country by preventing Black babies from being born.”

 

Planned Parenthood says that Cain’s claims are false and pointed to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, which found that 63 percent of abortion clinics are located in predominately white communities while compared to 9 percent of predominately Black communities.

 

"Herman Cain is wrong on the facts and clearly out of the mainstream in his attack on Planned Parenthood," said spokeswoman Veronica Byrd in a statement. "It is simply unacceptable for those who oppose legal abortion to use inflammatory and divisive language based on race to push an ideological agenda."

(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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