In 1961, Mrs. Hamer was diagnosed with a small uterine tumor, which she had removed at the Sunflower City Hospital. However, without first making her aware and securing her consent – and without any indication of medical necessity – the operating physician performed a full hysterectomy.
Mrs. Hamer later called her operation a Mississippi Appendectomy. It went on to become a popular reference to the involuntary sterilization of the poor, the physically disabled, and the feeble-minded, who – surprise, surprise – so often turned out to be black.
And that’s what makes Cecile’s more recent quote so insidious. It was the American Eugenics Society (AES) that pushed for and supported such racist practices as the involuntary sterilization of black women.
What does that have to do with our favorite group of abortionists today? Everything. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a member of the AES. She also demanded that Congress pass a law to regulate who would be allowed to have children. She called it a “baby code,” and included provisions that would have required married couples to apply for permits to have babies
Is it any wonder that Fannie Lou Hamer called government abortion and birth control plans a plot to commit black genocide? How can we believe Planned Parenthood today, when they say that those members don’t reflect the ideals of the current organization? It was Frederic Osborn – a founding member of the AES and Sanger’s Citizen’s Committee for Planned Parenthood – who wrote that “Eugenic goals are most likely attained under a name other than eugenics.”