Sarah Palin goes for a twofer: Compares Planned Parenthood to the Confederate flag

Palin posts #DefundPlannedParenthood image asking,“which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year?”

Published July 27, 2015 8:24PM (EDT)

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Sarah Palin has been on a tear, lately. The former Republican vice presidential nominee has seized on the release of a pair of deceptively edited "undercover" videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing fetal tissue donation to attack the women's health organization, posting more than a half-dozen Facebook posts in recent days, including posts comparing Planned Parenthood to the Confederate flag and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Palin's Facebook post on Sunday evening, comparing Planned Parenthood to what appears to be the Confederate flag has garnered significant attention, attracting 100,000 Facebook likes within one day. In the post, Palin asks, "which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year?”:


Posted by Sarah Palin on Sunday, July 26, 2015

That post followed another by Palin co-opting the #BlackLivesMatter movement to attack Planned Parenthood as a targeting Black woman for abortions. The post read, "2015: 80 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics located in minority neighborhoods," superimposed over the image of a black woman holding a #BlackLivesMatter sign.


Posted by Sarah Palin on Saturday, July 25, 2015

Last week, GOP presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, blasted Planned Parenthood as an organization that seeks to "eliminate black people." Carson, who is the only African-American running for president, wasn't sure if President Obama "actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and [its founder] Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people. That was the whole purpose of it," and called Hillary Clinton's support for Planned Parenthood "a ticking time bomb."

"This is the smoking gun and we have always known what kind of organisation this is and how anti-life they are and we can also use this to help women understand that they are being manipulated ... If we can't defund Planned Parenthood after this, we are lost. We are just in the wilderness forever. I think the appropriate response is to focus our attention on it because they will try to divert the attention and move on to something else and we cannot allow that to happen," Carson said.

h/t: The Hill

By Sophia Tesfaye

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