Why aren’t more Black people against abortion?
To sell a virtually unabated abortion agenda, people are told abortion is necessary for instances in which the life of the mother is at risk. The need to terminate a child conceived by rape or incest is also cited.
Such reasons may seem logical, but they account for only a small portion of actual abortions.
According to a 1987 study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the great majority of abortions—93 percent—are for social rather than health reasons. These women don’t want their babies because it might interfere with work or school, are too expensive or because of a bad relationship or no relationship with the father.
For Blacks, the illogic of abortion proponents should just be the beginning of concern.
A 2008 Guttmacher report states Black women are responsible for 37 percent of abortions—well above our percentage of the population in general!
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 472 Black babies are aborted for every 1,000 live births in 2004—roughly one black baby killed for every two born!
Why are Blacks so overrepresented in abortion statistics?
People are making abortions more available to Blacks.
According to Care Net, 94 percent of abortion clinics can be found in urban areas. Clinic operators would never say Blacks are being targeted, but the history of population control and abortion in America should concern even the most skeptical of Black folk.
There are conspiracy theories about AIDS and crack cocaine being intentionally inflicted on Blacks. What about abortion? Is there a secret KKK-Planned Parenthood alliance to extinguish the Black race in America?
It’s unlikely the Grand Imperial Wizard has clandestine meetings with the president of the nation’s largest abortion provider, but Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger did once address the women’s auxiliary of the KKK.
Does that make Sanger a racist? No. But consider some of her quotes:
•“The mass of significant Negroes, particularly in the South, still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes, even more than among whites, is [in] that portion of the population least intelligent and fit and least able to rear children properly.”
•“Before eugenicists and others who are laboring for racial betterment can succeed, they must first clear the way for birth control. Like the advocates of birth control, the eugenicists, for instance, are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit. Both are seeking a single end but they lay emphasis upon different methods.”
•In her book The Pivot of Civilization, Sanger advocated the eradication of “human weeds,” segregating “morons, misfits and [the] maladjusted” and sterilizing “genetically inferior races.”
Sanger made these comments well before the civil rights era. Unlike Harry Reid, she might be forgiven for using the word “Negro.” But her animosity for blacks and others transcends time. So it’s troubling when Planned Parenthood honors people with the Margaret Sanger Award and the likes of Hillary Clinton (the 2009 winner) accept it.
Surely no one now still thinks the same way as Sanger, right? Wrong. Just recently, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an New York Times interview: “Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
It’s hard to believe a race so historically and permanently religious can support a travesty such as abortion. Yet so many in the black leadership do.
It all seems to come down to politics. Power trumps morality. It seems the pulpit has been co-opted as religious leaders dare not speak against the Black political leadership.
It’s an affront to Black America and her future.
(R. Dozier Gray is a member of the national advisory council for the Project 21 Black leadership network and is combat veteran with both an expertise in counterterrorism and significant experience in the civilian defense industry. Comments may be sent to Project21@nationalcenter.org.)