During the 2012 Values Voter Summit on Friday, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said that Planned Parenthood "was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine." Huelskamp said he is the father to four adoptive children of African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent.
"Like the pro-slavery forces who invaded Kansas, the pro-abortion forces in Washington and elsewhere want us to believe that abortion is not murder, that being born is worse than death, that the unborn baby is property, not a person," Huelskamp said.
He went on to slam President Obama and Democrats for continuing to fund the Planned Parenthood organization with over $300 million tax dollars.
"I am incensed that this president pays money to an entity that was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine -- a racist organization, and it continues specifically to target minorities for abortion destruction. Shame on this president and shame on that party," he added.
Huelskamp's speech focused on protecting all Americans' right to freedom of religion without government interference.
"When under siege, if we do not stand for our liberties and for the liberties of those who are unable to stand for themselves then the great American experience will come to an end," he said.
Watch Huelskamp's remarks at the Values Voter Summit below (His speech begins at around 26:15):
In order to provide context to his comments, we have to look at Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger. Sanger was part of the eugenics movement of the early 1900s, during which she discouraged mentally disabled people, people with hereditary diseases and other "unfit" groups like African Americans from reproducing.
As Huffington Post points out, a number of "billboard campaigns have cited the disproportionately high incidence of abortions among black women as further evidence that Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion rights proponents are targeting minorities, although statistics suggest that economic circumstances more likely account for the disparity than race does."
Veronica Byrd, director of African-American media for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told Huffington Post that Huelskamp's statements on Planned Parenthood "unacceptable."
“Planned Parenthood condemns racism or discrimination in any form. It is not what we stand for or work for," she said. "Rep. Tim Huelskamp cannot possibly understand the complex decision for a woman who is considering whether to raise a child, choose adoption or end a pregnancy. That decision should be made by a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider."
She continued: "It is simply unacceptable for those who oppose safe and legal abortion to use inflammatory and divisive language based on race to push an ideological agenda."