Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Abortion Remains the Greatest Racial Threat We Face Today

Every year Americans rightly set aside to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister who sought the eradication of racism in America. Though racial bigotry remains an issue, it is clearly not at the level it was in the 1960s that eventually led to Dr. King's execution. January also marks the anniversary of one of the worse moral judicial decisions - Roe vs. Wade.

This year the MLK holiday and the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade are a day apart. Yesterday we celebrated the legacy and work of Dr. King. Today we mourn the legacy and bloodshed of Roe. vs. Wade. That juxtaposition made me think about the greatest racial threat we face today: abortion.

The following is taken from my book The Death of Death: Engaging the Culture of Death with the Gospel of Christ:
But we do not have to wait to see if President Obama’s national, progressive policies will increase the abortion rate, we can easily look at New York City. Statistics show a haunting reality. In a city with high taxes, progressive values, and easy access to contraceptives and abortion clinics, forty percent of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. Forty percent! Even worse, according to those same reports, sixty percent of pregnancies among black women end in abortion. This means that there are more black children being aborted than born in New York City. Abortion, especially in the inner city, has become the civil rights issues of the twenty-first century. Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is right in asking, “How is it that black church leaders are so silent on this murderous assault on unborn African-American babies?” Better yet, how can American remain silent on this issue? New York City has some of the most lax laws regarding abortion and the numbers do not lie; legal and safe does not mean rare. (43)
Later I add:
But the link between abortion and eugenics goes well beyond the poor and the handicap, it also goes toward racial minorities. Catherine Davis, founder of the Restoration Project, started a campaign noting that African-Americans in America are becoming “an endangered species.” The website of the campaign, http://www.toomanyaborted.com/, offers statistics, information, and an opportunity to get involved in the fight against the eugenic attack on African-Americans. They argue that through legalized abortion, blacks are being targeted and eliminated. The website and campaign proclaims:
Abortion is not just a women’s issue. It is a human issue. And today, for African-Americans, it is a human crisis. Nearly 40% of all black pregnancies end in induced abortion. That’s over [three times] the rate of white women and [twice] the rate of all other races combined.
Furthermore, Davis told the Los Angeles Times, “18,870,000 black babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade. If those babies had not been aborted, we would be 59 million strong – over 19% of the population.” Later in the same article, Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., added, “I know for sure that the black community is being targeted by abortionists for the purpose of ethnic cleansing. . . . How can the dream survive if we are willing to sacrifice the futures of our children?”[1] Some have pointed out the seemingly racist strategy of abortion groups like Planned Parenthood who seem to set up their abortion clinics in poor, oftentimes predominately black neighbors in inner cities.

On the fortieth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, both pro-life and pro-abortion organizations released various ads marking the anniversary. The most noteworthy ad was from the Center For Reproductive Rights that was a monologue of an African-American actor named Mehcad Brooks who “celebrates” the anniversary through relational and sexual innuendoes. In response to the ad, Radiance Foundation leader Ryan Bomberger, an African American, said:
The Center for Reproductive Rights, like Planned Parenthood, certainly understands its main demographic. Happy 40th Anniversary Baby ironically uses a man (who is normally treated as persona non grata) to pitch abortion. The fact that they use a black man just screams irony . . . with the black abortion rate as high as it is and black fathers as absent as they are, it’s just sick to see Mehcad Brooks shill for the number one killer in the black community, and the killer of 55 million plus since ’73.
Joe Carter at the Gospel Coalition reiterates the same:
As Bomberger rightly notes, African-American women are a prime demographic for abortionists. According to the National Vital Statistics Report from June 2012, African-American women experience an average of 1.6 times more pregnancies than white women, but have 5 times more abortions over their lifetime. And research released by Protecting Black Life reveals that 79% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African-American and/or Hispanic/Latino communities.[2]
Margaret Sanger could not be more pleased with such an ad and the statistics that make it so shocking (not to mention creepy).

Consider one more example from an unexpected public figure. In 1977, a well-known civil rights leader who had marched with Dr. King, wrote that the abortion movement was “a genocide against the black race.” It would not be until he ran for the presidency as a Democrat that he changed his tune. His name was Jesse Jackson.[3] He remains pro-abortion to this day.

It has already been mentioned the shocking abortion rates among African-Americans in New York City. This led one pro-life group called Life Always to hang an anti-abortion billboard in the city targeting African-Americans. The billboard featured a young black girl with the words “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” Statistically, the billboard is correct. More African-Americans die through abortion than anything else. Yet the city fought back. One New York City council member said that the billboard was “highly offensive.” Life Always responded by arguing that Planned Parenthood targets minority neighborhoods. The nation’s leading abortion provider then complained that the billboard message was an “offensive and condescending effort to stigmatise [sic] and shame African-American [women and] a divisive message around race to restrict access to medical care.”[4] The billboard was eventually taken down even though their message was sadly true and accurate.

Being the case, Margaret Singer would be proud. Her own story involved using contraceptives, abortion, and “planned parenthood” to control minority races. In 1939, she created the Negro Project which had the primary aim of recruiting African-American leaders, like pastors, doctors, and others, to adopt the birth control movement.
The project’s racist intent is beyond doubt. “The mass of significant negroes,” read the project’s report, “still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes . . . is [in] that portion of the population least intelligent and fit.” Sanger’s intent is shocking today, but she recognized its extreme radicalism even then. “We do not want word to go out,” she wrote to a colleague, “that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”[5]
It seems that Sanger’s work against what she considered to be the weaker race is coming to fruition through the work of Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice advocates. Sanger was racists and would be pleased to see such high abortion rates among minority groups without any concern from society.

[1] Robin Abcarian, “Antiabortion Activists See a Racial Conspiracy,” The Los Angeles Times, available from http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/02/nation/la-na-billboards2-2010mar02; Internet.
[2] Joe Carter, “Creepy Pro-Abortion Ad Celebrates Anniversary of ‘Roe v. Wade,’” The Gospel Coalition, available from http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/01/22/creepy-pro-abortion-ad-celebrates-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade/; Internet.
[3] Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, 1st ed., (New York: Doubleday, 2008), 274.
[4] “‘The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb’: Black politician criticises anti-abortion billboard,” The Daily Mail Online, available from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360125/The-dangerous-place-African-American-womb-Black-politician-criticises-anti-abortion-billboard.html#ixzz1rEAIfkVP [5] Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, 273. He goes on toadd “It is possible that Sanger didn’t really want to ‘exterminate’ the Negro population so much as merely limit its growth.” Ibid.
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