Ben Watson’s Candid Response as Planned Parenthood Admits Racist History
By Movieguide® Staff
Recently, Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson published an op-ed in the New York Times calling on progressives to condemn Margaret Sanger’s racism while still recognizing all she did for the feminist movement.
“Sanger remains an influential part of our history and will not be erased, but as we tell the history of Planned Parenthood’s founding, we must fully take responsibility for the harm that Sanger caused to generations of people with disabilities and Black, Latino, Asian-American, and Indigenous people,” Johnson wrote.
“We will no longer make excuses or apologize for Margaret Sanger’s actions. But we can’t simply call her racist, scrub her from our history, and move on. We must examine how we have perpetuated her harms over the last century — as an organization, an institution, and as individuals,” Johnson concludes.
However, Former NFL player and outspoken Christian Ben Watson issued a straightforward retort on Twitter.
“We need to talk about killing children,” Watson wrote in response to Johnson.
Johnson had announced her op-ed with a tweet that reads: “We need to talk about Margaret Sanger.”
We need to talk about killing children. https://t.co/lToPyYHi0d
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) April 19, 2021
Watson also responded to the article on his Facebook.
“This is well and good but it is time for Planned Parenthood to take the next step, or their denunciation of Margaret Sanger rings hollow. Whether they personally identify with Sanger’s ideology or not, they continue to carry out her mission, by serving as the leading executioner of our children. The same Sanger they claim to disavow would applaud their efforts and results, as a disproportionate percentage of Black American children have been killed in Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics,” Watson said. “Acknowledging a racist history does not absolve them of the blood on their hands, as they continue to take full advantage of victims of the real and present racism they decry.”
Watson continued: “Quite frankly, how much of a racist or eugenicist Sanger was or wasn’t is of no real consequence right now as children die daily. The issue is that the profitability of abortion makes it a difficult cash cow to forgo. I urge Planned Parenthood to continue this ‘reckoning’, not simply by calling out racism and combating white supremacy, but by using their wealth to meet the needs of mothers and their influence to halt, not perpetuate, the ultimate goal of a eugenic agenda, extermination of an undesirable’s offspring.”
Read @BenjaminSWatson's response to Planned Parenthood's recent statement on its founder, Margaret Sanger.
"Cancelling" people who are long-dead doesn't get you off the hook for injustice now. pic.twitter.com/acDqsiQbrF
— American Solidarity Party (@AmSolidarity) April 20, 2021
Watson recently produced and starred in a documentary called DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA.
A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads:
DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA follows former NFL player Benjamin Watson as he travels around the country to seek the truth about what America believes about the sanctity of life. It explores how the pro-choice and pro-life camps can have meaningful conversations to save the future generations of children. The documentary expertly navigates all the popular talking points of the abortion issue. It addresses the practice’s history, the evolving legislation on the federal and state levels of government, and the economic crisis that makes abortion disproportionally affect impoverished communities. However, it doesn’t neglect the heart of the mother, the father and others affected by the tragedy of abortion.
Available for rent or purchase on SalemNOW, DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA is extremely well-made. It handles the topic of abortion with tact, precision and empathy. It includes powerful interviews and testimonials from legislators, doctors, former abortionists, abortion survivors, and social activists. DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA is full of compassion and love, with a strong Christian, moral, pro-life worldview. Due to the violent nature of the topic of abortion, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger viewers.