Abortion and the Black Community

Ian D. Keating, Compfight, CC
Ian D. Keating, Compfight, CC

[Editor’s Note: This one comes from our archives. Obviously it’s not February but the lessons still apply.]

By Tanisha, Originally published here February 10, 2005

February is Black History Month. This month I think we should honor our history by talking about how to stop the daily killing of black children in America. Of course, we don’t want to just stop the killing of black children. We desire to stop all child killing. But in this article I want to cry out to black women especially. Do not fall for the lies of the those who are targeting you and your children with abortion. Stand up!

Why don’t we stand up against this child killing as strongly as we stand up against slavery? Why can’t we recognize it for the atrocity it really is? It’s our children being mercilessly murdered in the wombs of their own mothers. The one place they should be the most protected is no longer safe for today’s black children. How did we get here?

Well, I believe there are many reasons why we have abortion today. I think that one of those reasons is that from the beginning of the contraceptive and abortion movement, race has been a factor as well as class. If you could pass out enough contraceptives and place enough abortion clinics in underprivileged neighborhoods, it was said you could cut down on the number of children being born to minorities and poor people.

But why do we allow it?

I believe we allow it because we view our children as burdens–things that hold us back. We have stopped looking at them and treating them as though they are our future. We want instead to prevent these “burdens” and exercise our freedom and independence. We bought into the lie that we deserved to control our bodies even if it meant that an innocent baby had to die! My sisters, this was a lie and we fell for it. We need to repent.

Before conception is the time to exercise your right to choose. The idea of sex as recreation only is a relatively new idea that was made popular by people like Margaret Sanger, who started Planned Parenthood Federation. Before that it was known that sex and, yes, even marriage would most likely result in children. Let’s look at Malachi 2 verse 15 which says: “But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.” This verse is speaking about marriage and God’s desire that marriage would bring forth godly children. Do we still care about this?

In this country, African-American women get about 33% of the abortions, although we are only about 14% of the population. In some areas it is much higher, with Washington, DC, reporting about 74% of abortions going to African-American women. [1] Planned Parenthood is largely responsible for this, since it places most of its clinics in areas populated by low-income and/or minority families.

As I stated above, Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger felt that education on preventing children and contraceptives were the answer to the social problems of the world. She also felt that if women had access to information and contraceptives that abortion would be mostly unnecessary. We have learned that this is completely false. We have access to sex education beginning in grade school and contraceptives for free, yet we kill over 1 million babies through abortion every year. We have also learned that limiting family size through contraceptives has not helped us socially. We still have poverty, disease, abused and unwanted children. Contraceptives and abortion cannot help that. A country that condones child killing cannot complain when its children are being abused and unwanted.

Randy Alcorn says in his newletter, Eternal Perspectives: “I do not believe that most people who support abortion rights are racists, any more than I believe there are no racists among pro-lifers. I am simply suggesting that regardless of motives, a closer look at both the history and present strategies of the pro-choice movement suggests that abortion for the minorities may not serve the cause of equality as much as the cause of supremacy for the healthy, wealthy and white.” [2]

We are not better off for the work of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. I believe we are worse off. Because we no longer associate sex with the possibility of having children, our young people are having sex earlier and earlier. They are becoming pregnant at ages much too young, then having abortions without their parents even knowing about it. They are coming down with diseases and hurting themselves emotionally and mentally, because they feel free to do with their own bodies whatever they want. They find out too late that this is not freedom at all.

In Exodus chapter 1 we read about how the Egyptian King tried to rid Egypt of the Isrealites. First he started by enslaving them, then he ordered the Egyptian midwives to kill the babies of the Hebrew women while they were giving birth. When the midwives would not do this, he finally ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be killed by being thrown into the Nile. Of course, all of this was inspired by Satan, just like our abortion practices today.

In this country blacks have had a similar struggle. From the atrocities of slavery to fighting for our civil rights, African-Americans had to fight and pray for the right to enjoy the freedom that should come from being an American citizen. Unfortunately, we have not extended this right to life to our own children. We are denying them their right to be protected and enjoy life while they are still in the comfort of our wombs. Today, because of the rights of women and our highly esteemed reproductive choice, many babies are being sacrificed for our convenience and happiness. We don’t value children or motherhood, only independence. This is a shame, sisters. All of us, no matter what our color, should be speaking out against this.

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. ~ Psalm 82:3-4

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Recommended Resources
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Children as Pets
Killer Angel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder, Margaret Sanger
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life

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