A good friend of mine called the other day to ask how interested in adoption my husband and I were. A 16 year-old minority student from the public high school where my friend teaches has just discovered she is pregnant. She already has an appointment with Planned Parenthood, and abortion is likely — without the intervention of the Lord Almighty (Lord, please?).
Feeling incredibly sad this morning as I considered the methods of abortion and what a woman has to go through physically and emotionally to survive one, I checked my email. Would you believe this video of John Piper speaking on “When is Abortion Racism?” was in my inbox?
I quickly added righteous indignation to the list of heavy-hearted emotions I was feeling this morning.
One form of racism, however, that has largely gone unnoticed today by the African-American community is abortion. I agree with Rev. Johnny Hunt of the Life Education and Resource Network, who says abortion is racism in its ugliest form. “Because of some very suave planning by abortion supporters and providers,” writes Hunt, “abortionists have eliminated more African-American children than the KKK ever lynched.” Of course, Hunt, a black American, isn’t excusing the dastardly deeds of the KKK, but is simply pointing out there is a much bigger injustice currently being perpetrated against blacks than was being committed against them when the Klan was at its zenith. Hunt contends abortion has robbed millions of black Americans of the most essential of all rights — the right to life … the right to opportunity … the right to give something.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than three times as likely as white women to have an abortion. The Family Research Council says that African Americans represent 12 percent of the population but suffer 32 percent of the abortions in America. The Culture of Life Foundation & Institute adds that more than 1,400 black children are aborted every day. Since Roe v. Wade, that makes about 15 million African Americans removed from the population who can never make any contribution to their race or their country.
The Culture of Life Foundation & Institute further notes: “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, gave ample evidence of her belief in eugenics and her plan to reduce the African-American population through ‘family planning.’ But that was over 60 years ago. Today, however, we do see a concentration of abortion business in African-American neighborhoods. For example, according to Michigan Right to Life, of the 36 abortion clinics remaining in Michigan, 11 are in Detroit, a black majority city. Of those 11, nine are in African-American neighborhoods or have predominantly African-American customers.”
Yet the NAACP and most high-profile black leaders are squarely on the side of the abortionists. Certainly some will deny this claim, saying to defend “choice” is not to be “pro-abortion.” You can personally be opposed to abortion, they argue, but believe that it’s improper to impose that standard on others. But isn’t that like the fallacious contention you can be personally opposed to slavery and still defend the right of some to practice it? Isn’t that like saying, “I believe lynching a black person is wrong, but people still ought to have that choice”? Gregg Cunningham in Why Abortion is Genocide correctly summarizes the matter when he writes, “The effort to outlaw abortion, like the campaign to outlaw racial injustice, isn’t merely about personal morality. It is not merely about what a person does. It is about what a person does to another person.”
Please take the time to consider the affect of abortion on minorities in our country. Please open your heart to wonder if this truly is racism at work, in disguise as “helping” minorities. Please pray for our country, for our churches to stand up and make a difference, for the little 16-year old girl at my friend’s school to find Life.