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Posted on 01/11/2003 4:54:06 AM PST by toenail
Saving Black Babies
Abortion has cost 13 million African American lives.
posted 01/10/2003 |
Growing up in inner city Detroit, Janine Simpson and her girlfriends didn't think twice about having abortions. In her all-black neighborhood, teen abortions were the norm, she says, and the local abortion clinic was a fixture.
"My friends and I, we all had abortions," Simpson says. "We didn't even think about it. To us it was just getting rid of a blob of tissue. We'd say, 'Oh, you pregnant? Okay, let's go take care of it.' "
But after Simpson's own abortion her freshman year of college, things changed. She became a Christian and after graduation developed a passion to help other women with unplanned pregnancies.
"I had gone through a healing process and felt I needed to talk to them and share my heart," says Simpson, now an ordained minister through the Potter's House.
Simpson has just started a new job as director of urban center development for Care Net. She works with inner-city church leaders to educate their communities about the need for alternatives to abortion. Care Net, an umbrella group for 600 crisis pregnancy centers across the country, launched a pilot project in Philadelphia last September. It aims to establish pregnancy resource centers and prolife clinics in largely black, urban areas where such centers are rare.
Black abortion epidemic
"The perception is that we as black people keep our children," Simpson says. The reality, she says, is that 512 of every 1,000 African American pregnancies end in abortion.
African American women constitute 13 percent of the female population in the United States. However, they have 36 percent of the abortions, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood's research arm. In Pennsylvania, the figures are even more disproportionate. Ten percent of the female population is black, but they have 45 percent of all abortions in Pennsylvania.
"Planned Parenthood has come in and exploited the inner city," Simpson says, adding that many inner-city residents have easy access to an abortion clinic.
"Thirteen million African Americans are missing from abortion," says Clenard Howard Childress, regional director of the North East chapter of LEARN. The Life Education And Resource Network is the nation's largest African American prolife group. "We are the only ethnic group in the county whose numbers are declining."
Charges of racism
The disproportionate number of abortions among African Americans has spurred prolifers to charge that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are systematically targeting blacks and other minority groups for abortion. Critics say Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood's founder, held racist views.
Planned Parenthood maintains that Sanger disagreed with eugenicists, Nazis, and racists. But prolife activists cite evidence that Sanger and her colleagues were closely associated with white supremacists and sought to limit the populations of minorities and the disabled.
According to Emily Taft Douglas's book Margaret Sanger: Pioneer of the Future, in 1926 Sanger was the guest speaker at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silverlake, New Jersey. She founded the American Birth Control League-the precursor to Planned Parenthood-in 1921 with C. C. Little and Lothrup Stoddard, two known racists. The latter authored the book The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy.
Sanger and the founders of the league advocated population control through abortion, contraception, or sterilization. A particular target of their efforts was the urban poor. She also opposed welfare and charitable intervention because she believed it increased the minority underclass.
In her book, The Pivot of Civilization, Sanger complained that governments have not managed "to restrain, either by force or persuasion, the moron and the imbecile from producing his large family of feeble-minded offspring."
Particularly disturbing to many pro-life African Americans is Sanger's involvement in the Negro Project. Devised more than 60 years ago to promote sterilization and birth control among blacks, the Negro Project focused on training black ministers and doctors to take Sanger's message into minority neighborhoods. In an ambiguously worded letter to colleague Clarence Gamble dated December 10, 1939, Sanger wrote: "The minister's work is also important and also he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out 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."
Abortion-rights groups continue to recruit African American clergy. In 1997, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), previously the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, launched the Black Church Initiative. According to the program's founder, Carlton W. Veazey, the initiative was a response to the high rate of pregnancy among black teens. It sought to create discussion in black churches about sexuality, reproductive health, AIDS, violence, and sexual orientation.
The successful kickoff event included 400 pastors and black religious leaders. Afterward, the group developed a curriculum called "Keeping It Real," which has been introduced in 600 mostly inner-city churches in 15 states, says Veazey.
The RCRC is based in Washington D.C. and includes abortion supporters from mainline Christian denominations as well as the Unitarian Universalist and the American Humanist associations. Also, the RCRC is closely allied with Planned Parenthood and top secular abortion-rights groups.
Veazey told CT that he has a program with Planned Parenthood called "All Options Counseling." In it, Planned Parenthood will call him if it needs an RCRC-trained minister to come to a clinic and counsel a pregnant woman one on one. "I support Planned Parenthood 100 percent," he says.
Veazey says his group "absolutely does not promote abortion in any way." But an RCRC listing of online resources says, "Our primary role is educating the public to make clear that abortion can be a moral, ethical, and religiously responsible decision."
To some prolife activists, Sanger's Negro Project and the Black Church Initiative seem eerily similar. "As far I'm concerned, their Black Church Initiative is the same thing, repacked," says Johnny M. Hunter, national director of LEARN, Inc. "[Veazey's] going along with a group that's doing the KKK's work for them."
Veazey called some of Sanger's statements "unfortunate." He says charges of racism and genocide against Sanger are scare tactics. "The black community and religious leaders of our country would not be supporting us if we were pursuing genocide."
Prolife African Americans say they are vigorously challenging the link between abortion-rights groups and inner-city churches. LEARN's Childress says abortion providers know "if they ever lose their foundational stronghold in the black church, [their] movement ceases to exist."
"They also understand that the greatest threat to their agenda would be conservative churches that espouse a Judeo-Christian ethic." Childress says he is trying to get the word out through his radio program and website, blackgenocide.org. His radio program, "The Urban Prophet," is broadcast five days a week in eight states and twice weekly in New York.
Prolife activists say getting more African American ministers to speak out is key. "The clergy and the black leadership in general run from the word abortion," says Barbara Thomas, founder of the inner-city North Baton Rouge Women's Heath Center in Louisiana. "They don't want anything to do with it, and it's their parishioners we're seeing. The majority of our clients have never heard their pastor even talk against abortion."
Thomas says that of the 60 to 80 clients she sees each month, 98 percent are African American. In order to help these predominantly low-income women, many of whom are high- school dropouts, the center now focuses on education and vocational training. It also helps with child placement, abstinence education, and pregnancy services. It has a pregnancy health clinic with a nurse practitioner and a sonogram machine. The center also has a child-loss recovery program for women seeking post-abortion counseling.
To encourage fathers, the health center co-sponsors with a local church on the "Man to Man" program, which helps new fathers build stronger relationship with their children. The center plans to renovate a 22,000 square foot warehouse to add typing and computer training to its GED and literacy program. Thomas says while the average age of her clients is 19 or 20, she's seen pregnant girls as young as 11. One 12-year-old girl, Thomas says, was on the verge of having an abortion. She reconsidered and gave birth to twins. Different families later adopted the twins and the girl.
Simpson is exploring using Thomas's center as a model for other crisis pregnancy centers in Philadelphia. "We cannot encourage women to have babies and then continue their dependency on the system," Simpson says. "We can't leave them without the resources to care for their children and then say, 'Praise the Lord, we saved a baby.'"
Hunter says LEARN Chicago plans a Midwest regional conference for April 24-26 to mobilize black opinion leaders. "There are people God has made watchmen, and now's the time for the watchmen to call out," Hunter says. "Abortion has been allowed to creep into the black community, and a lot of black pastors have missed it. They haven't sounded the alarm. No pastor wants to stand before God and say this happened on their watch."
In the March CT, Mark Stricherz will report how early sonograms influence a mother's choice to keep her baby.
If this was just a matter of simple disagreement, you wouldn't be hearing from me. You disparage families that adopt internationally every chance you get on FR. I'm sick of it, and I'll show up everytime I see it to point out just what kind of person you are.
You've left all sorts of ammo lying about, so I have plenty to work with.
Be seeing you, mlmr.
You are one sick, sick puppy. Are you certain you wouldn't be more comfortable over at LibertyStormfront?
Oh, I see you've gone from calling me a "bore" to a "freak." How nice.
The link merely proves how disingenuous you are. If you consider links to your own postings here on FR a "threat" then I guess that's your problem.
Posting endless "advice" columns by "Dear Mrs. Web" and acting like you weren't her is typical mlmr. The idea that some poor soul somewhere is actually asking you for advice is tragic. Miss Cleo has more credibility as far as I'm concerned.
BTW, I don't know your name, and I don't care to know it.
Especially if it is the truth.
Perhaps YOU would be more confortable at Rosie's and hillary's sites? You and other pro-abortionists would be much more welcome on the liberal sites.
You will never make me to be for abortion>
My position on abortion is that it is a planned and intentioned taking of a human life. It is first degree murder. Period.
It does not matter the color of your eyes or anything else, or how much money you have. Murder is murder.
Any woman that has or had an abortion, any father that consented or helped, any doctor that performed it, any nurse that assisted, should be executed.
You can make all the excuses you want, can call those against abortion any names that you want, but it is YOU who is the one that is supporting murder.
I am talking about a lot of things that would be different if all those babies would have lived.
Sorry if that disappoints you so much. I feel sorry for you that you are so glad that those babies did not live.
If letting all those babies life sickens you, and dreaming about what might have been if they all were not murdered, then "Yuck" is what describes YOUR supporting the killing of all those babies.
YOU dont belong in the republican party, so dont worry about them.
You are too concerned about the republican party ceasing to exist if babies were not murdered. It is YOU who are missing the point of most republicans who are against murdering babies.
Just how do you ever get that idea?
I am totally against abortion, but I am not against the death penalty at all. Those are 2 different things. Committing a murder, and executing a murderer, are 2 different things.
All people who have, assist, or perform abortions should be executed for first degree murder. Is that clear enough for you?
I called you a sick puppy because you seemed to be pointing out the "good side" of a high rate of abortion in minority groups.
FYI, There is no "good side" to murdering babies.
The sick puppy is the one who says there is any "good side".
I never thought or even said anything about any "good side", those are your words.
To: toenail Blacks vote democrat over 90% of the time. That is a lot of missing votes for democrats. If not for abortion, a lot of elections in the past decade would have went democrat if they had an extra 10 million democrat votes. For example: Florida would certainly have went for Gore in 2000 if abortion had been illegal in Florida. 10 posted on 01/11/2003 6:25 AM PST by waterstraat [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse ]
Quit trying to turn it around on everyone else. YOU typed these words.
I am not turning around anything. It is you who are turning it around. It is you who made the value judgement, it is you who made a personal attack without even understanding what you were commenting about.
I never said anything at all about whether things would be better or worse if any group of people lived or died. I made no value judgements at all.
It is YOU who made the value judgement.
Many things would be different if these babies had lived, so would things be different if the American Indians were not exterminated, and so would things be different if the jews were not exterminated. Anyone can see that and observe what might have been, if babies or indians had been permitted to live.
On the other hand, it is YOU who made a value statement of "good".
No, you weren't misleading at all in your comments, everyone who noticed was just crazy, and obviously pro-abortion, right?
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