(CNSNews.com) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is not backing down from a statement he made to CNSNews.com on March 15 that Planned Parenthood is really about “planned genocide” because it targets black babies for abortions.
CBS’s “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer asked Cain about the assertion on Sunday.
“I want to ask you, since we're on the subject of abortion, there was at one point back there when the question of Planned Parenthood came up, and you said that it was not Planned Parenthood, it was really ‘planned genocide’ because you said Planned Parenthood was trying to put all these centers into the black communities because they wanted to kill black babies before they were born,” said Schieffer.
“Yes,” said Cain.
“You still stand by that?” asked Schieffer.
“I still stand by that,” said Cain.
Cain originally made the assertion on March 15 when he spoke at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and CNSNews.com’s White House Correspondent Fred Lucas asked Cain if the Republican-controlled Congress should stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“Here’s why I support de-funding Planned Parenthood, because you don’t hear a lot of people talking about this: When Margaret Sanger--check my history--started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world,” Cain responded.
“You don’t see that talked that much about,” Cain said. “It’s not Planned Parenthood. No, it’s planned genocide. You can quote me on that.”
In response to a follow-up question from another reporter at the Heritage Foundation event--who asked if Cain wanted to defund Planned Parenthood because of what it is doing now or because of why it was founded--Cain said he believed Planned Parenthood was continuing to carry out its original mission.
“It’s carrying out its original mission,” said Cain. “I’ve talked to young girls who go in there and they don’t talk about how you plan parenthood. They don’t talk about adoption as an option. They don’t say bring your parents in so you we can talk to you before you make this decision.
“Talk to some young lady who has gone into some of these centers to see what kind of conversation takes place,” said Cain. “They have basically carried out their original mission. There’s not any planning other than to abort the baby.
“When they have an objective to put 75 percent [Planned Parenthood facilities] in African American communities, says to me they are targeting blacks,” Cain said. “They are doing the same thing at the other 25 percent, I guess.”
On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Schieffer pressed Cain to justify his assertion that Planned Parenthood targeted black babies.
“Do you have any proof that that was the objective of Planned Parenthood?” asked Schieffer.
“If people go back and look at the history and look at Margaret Sanger`s own words, that`s exactly where that came from,” said Cain. “Look up the history. So if you go back and look up the history. Secondly, look at where most of them were built.
“Seventy-five percent of those facilities were built in the black community,” said Cain. “In 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.”
Schieffer than asked Cain if Planned Parenthood was not in fact doing something beneficial for the black community by locating its clinics in black neighborhoods.
“So you would not see any advantage to having young mothers get counsel and advice that Planned Parenthood could give them, I mean, with so many black babies born out of wedlock?” asked Schieffer.
“There are a lot of centers that offer sincere counseling, rather than Planned Parenthood claiming to be those centers when in fact they would rather for the young lady to come in and say they want to get an abortion and facilitate that,” said Cain.
“Plenty of centers out there genuinely do that,” said Cain. “What I`m saying is Planned Parenthood isn`t sincere about wanting to try to counsel them not to have abortions.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 36.5 percent of the abortions done in the United States in 2007 were done on black babies. However, according to the Census Bureau, 12.4 percent of the overall U.S. population is black. That means that black babies are aborted at a rate that is almost triple the rate of blacks in the nation’s population.
Planned Parenthood, which receives funding from the federal government, is the nation’s leading abortion provider.
According to a fact sheet Planned Parenthood has posted on its website, the group did 332,278 abortions in 2009. That same year, according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, it also received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood Spokesman Tait Sye told Bloomberg Businessweek that 90 percent of that $363.2 million came directly from the federal government or from Medicaid, a federal-state partnership.