Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced on Tuesday that it would be removing the name of Margaret Sanger, the founder of the country's largest abortion provider, from its Manhattan Health Center due to her "harmful connection to the eugenics movement."
The decision comes after more than 350 current and former staffers — including 800 donors, supporters, and volunteers — of PPGNY signed a June 18 open letter, claiming the organization has a "history and a present steeped in white supremacy." The letter also said Sanger was "a racist, white woman."
Karen Seltzer, the chair of the New York affiliate's board, said in a statement that the decision to remove Sanger's name from its Manhattan building was "necessary and overdue."
Planned Parenthood's national organization said it is in full support of the New York chapter's decision.
"Planned Parenthood, like many other organizations that have existed for a century or more, is reckoning with our history, and working to address historical inequities to better serve patients and our mission," spokeswoman Melanie Roussell Newman said.
The New York clinic is also asking city leaders to remove Sanger's name from local streets.
The anti-abortion Students for Life of America organization has also launched the "S.O.S. Strike Out Sanger" campaign, calling for the removal of all Sanger statues and symbols across the country.