Letter: Planned Parenthood principles aren't solution

Planned Parenthood principles aren't solution

To the editor:

I was alarmed by Georgie Anne Geyer's Feb. 5 editorial page commentary, "Overpopulation is straining planet in dangerous ways."

First, some would disagree that overpopulation is a problem. Ms. Geyer herself stated that the annual rate of growth peaked at 2.1 percent in 1968. And, some believe that we have enough resources, but that they need to be more evenly distributed.

Second, her description of Planned Parenthood as a "venerable" and "historically important" organization is troubling. Its founder, Margaret Sanger, was a proponent of eugenics, who pushed for the use of birth control especially among minorities and the poor. Also, the number of lives lost to abortion since it became legal in the U.S. exceeds the number of lives lost in all our wars combined.

But most disturbing is her final paragraph, in which she stated that "we do very little to put into worldwide practice the principles of Planned Parenthood, thereby allowing (my emphasis) the births...of boys who cannot find work...". Planned Parenthood advocates for choice, but whose choice? And for birth control, but whose control? Do the Arab mothers of the educated boys she mentioned wish they'd never given birth to their sons, simply because there are no jobs for them?

I do not share Ms. Geyer's belief that Planned Parenthood's principles are the solution to the world's very real problems of unemployment or the equitable distribution of the earth's resources.

Barbara Garrity, Pittsfield


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