Abortion And The African-American Community

Culture of Life Foundation & Institute -

    As data from the 2001 census were released this past March, demographers expressed surprise that the Hispanic population had already supplanted African-Americans as our nation's largest minority. The trends had pointed in that direction for the last decade, but the experts had predicted that Hispanics would not actually take the lead until around 2005. But the census revealed that in fact, it was in 2000 that the Hispanic population exceeded that of blacks.

    Why is the number of Hispanics growing so much faster than the number of blacks? The reasons are many and complex; beyond the obvious cause of immigration, we can only surmise about how such factors as family unity, economic opportunity, crime, addiction, and education affect individual decisions to bring children into the world. But one cause is clear: because black women have undergone a disproportionate number of abortions in the twenty-eight years since Roe v. Wade, millions of black children and young adults are not present to be counted in the census.

    The numbers are shocking. African-American women constitute 13.5% of the U.S. female population but they undergo 34% of all the abortions in this country. Their abortion rate (31 per 1,000 women) is approximately 2.6 times the rate for white women (12 per 1,000). The abortion industry reports very few statistics and strongly resists any effort at reporting more, so we must estimate further conclusions: African-American pro-life activists estimate that about 1,400 black babies have died in abortions, on average, each day since abortion was mandated a constitutional right. That makes 546,000 killed per year, or about 15 million people since Roe v. Wade.

    Abortion also impacts the survivors: the women who undergo it, the men who are confirmed by abortion in the evasion of their responsibilities, the community which is in the thrall of a culture of death. Ten out of eleven studies of American women show there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, so it is not surprising that African-American women suffer breast cancer at a greater rate. From 1975 to 1990, breast cancer mortality in young black women increased by over 12%, while the rate for white women was declining by about 9% over the same period. Young black women have abortions at a greater rate than young white women, and abortion at an early age further increases the breast cancer risk.

    Given the increased rate of abortion among African-Americans, it is fair to ask whether this community is specifically targeted by the abortion industry. The writings of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, give ample evidence of her belief in eugenics and her plan to reduce the African-American population through "family planning". But that was over sixty years ago. Today, however, we do see a concentration of abortion businesses in African-American neighborhoods. For example, according to Michigan Right to Life, of the 36 abortion clinics remaining in Michigan, eleven are in Detroit, a black-majority city. Of those eleven, nine are in African-American neighborhoods or have predominantly African-American customers.

    The killing of one person is a tragedy with an incalculable impact. But there is at least one effect of killing 15 million African-Americans which we can appraise: between fifteen and twenty seats in the U.S. House of Representatives which had a good chance of being black-majority districts, and hence would probably be represented by an African-American representative, will not exist. When we recall that almost all the present African-American representatives in Congress favor abortion, we conclude we are faced with an astounding voluntary surrender of power. When we add the impact of abortion on the living and the disproportionate effect within the African-American community, the ironic tragedy of the "pro-choice" position of black leadership becomes even more obvious.

    For the sake of our nation and our African-American brothers and sisters, we must pray that a black leader will arise who will defend the lives and health of his or her people against the forces that use death to shape society to their liking.


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