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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Planned Parenthood's (PP's) new leader loves abortion as an extension of the 1960s civil rights movement.
The abortion giant's new president, Alexis Johnson, informed her supporters via e-mail on Friday about what drives her to provide women with the ability to kill their own unborn children in their wombs. She attributed her passion to her upbringing in the civil rights movement:
My commitment to social justice started when I was a kid. I was born just after the landmark victories of the civil rights movement and just before Roe v. Wade. I remember marching alongside my parents who were boldly black and boldly proud. They taught me what it meant to be a black woman in America — and that each person can create change. So I got to work. I've spent my entire career working toward equity and justice. I've worked in academia and research, as a political and cultural organizer, and have dedicated myself to advocating for reproductive rights and access to quality, affordable health care.
For the past 11 months, Johnson was working as interim president of the baby-killing giant, ever since the abrupt departure of Dr. Leana Wen in July. Wen was allegedly dropped from PP because she was not aggressively pro-abortion.
"I am so proud and humbled to have been named the permanent president and CEO," said Johnson. "I have learned so much from Planned Parenthood patients, our staff and our broader movement, and am honored to continue this fight with them and for them. I look forward to the work ahead."
In 2019, Johnson spoke about removing cultural sensitivity to abortion.
"I think we need to take away the stigma from thinking about abortion as anything other than basic health care," remarked Johnson.
On Friday she wrote, "We share the belief that you can't truly be free until you have control over your own body, your health and your future. That's why we're in this fight. That's why we persist even — especially — when things get tough."
PP leaders were lauding Johnson. The chairman of Planned Parenthood's Board of directors, Aimee Cunningham, and the chairman of Board Action Fund, Jennie Rosenthal, praised Johnson as having "steered us through one of the most difficult times in our history with unfailing courage, tenacity and resolve."
As Church Militant has reported several times, PP is far from what most people would consider a champion for equality and justice. Founded by Margaret Sanger, it is well documented that PP targets minority communities with its killing mills. "In 2014, 36% of all abortions were performed on black women, who are just 13% of the female population," reported Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal.
Sanger stated her promotion of eugenics and indignation to undesirables.
"Birth control does not mean contraception indiscriminately practiced," Sanger once said.
She added, "It means the release and cultivation of the better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization."
Johnson, an African American, had been an academic as well as civil rights and social justice activist before joining PP. She taught political science and African-American Studies at Yale and Wesleyan University. She served as political director for Russell Simmons' "Hip-Hop Summit Action Network", and was the executive director of Citizen Change during the 2004 election season. She was instrumental in launching its "Vote or Die!" campaign.
In 2009, she co-founded the Perception Institute, a research group studying to reduce bias and discrimination, and was its executive director. She also co-created the curriculum for Starbucks' racial bias training in 2018.
Johnson has also served on the boards of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Social Inclusion, and Citizen Engagement Lab. Before becoming interim president of PP, Johnson was a board member of PP and the board's chair from 2013 to 2015.
On Friday she was elevated to the permanent position of president and CEO.
"I can't imagine spending my time any other way," exclaimed Johnson. "So when the Board asked me to remain in this position permanently, I accepted without hesitation. I couldn't be more honored ... ."
She now has the "honor" of presiding over the organization that kills 1,768 innocent preborn children in the United States every single day.