I don't normally address political or controversial issues outside of the parenting arena. My writing centers on connection and communication in parent/child relationships as well as infant, children, and family issues. However, when in my research I discover something that negatively impacts those that I've made it my life's mission to serve, especially something as stunning as a recent statistic I came across, I feel compelled to share. I'm not going to debate the pro-life/pro-abortion ideologies. I'll leave that to the more politically minded.
What I want need to share is my shock and heartbreak over a loss our nation has suffered and is still suffering, a loss so silent, so stealthy, so skillfully orchestrated that it seems to go unnoticed...babies, millions and millions of adorable, feisty, intelligent, invaluable African-American babies that our nation has been denied the pleasure of knowing and embracing to its multicultural, diverse heart. To be exact, an estimated 13 million African-American babies have been lost to abortion since 1973. 13 million.
Here is the statistic that stopped me in my tracks: Those missing 13 million people comprise a quarter of the total African-American population in the United States.
Twenty-five percent of an entire population...gone.
And, lest you think that is simply a product of choice rather than design, take a look at these quotes directly from Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger:
"Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems." (Margaret Sanger-The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda. Birth Control Review, October 1921)
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the 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." (Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble~The Negro Project)
"Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock." (Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review)
"[Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity (fertility) of others; which brings with it...a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant ... We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all." (Margaret Sanger-The Pivot of Civilization, 1922)
If those quotes alone don't shake you to your very soul, perhaps our nation's willfully closed eyes to the entire issue will. We seem to be so focused on 'rights' that we can't bring ourselves to acknowledge wrongs. Consider...
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation withdrew support for Margaret Sanger's (quoted above) organization, Planned Parenthood, after finding that Planned Parenthood does not offer mammograms in any of its locations as shown in the video below...
and was caught offering free abortion services to pimps for their minor human sex trafficking victims as young as thirteen.
Public and political backlash, not against Planned Parenthood for their false claims of providing life-saving mammograms and their shocking offers of services to human sex traffickers, but against Komen for their withdrawal of funding for Planned Parenthood, forced Komen to reverse its decision and several high-level employees to resign.
Backlash against Komen and not Planned Parenthood? Unreal.
And their most frequent clients? African-American women.
"Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member." (Michael Novak)
Every. Fourth. Member.
13 million African-Americans missing from our population in the United States. 13 million potential teachers, politicians, business owners, artists, mothers, psychologists, dancers, fathers, diplomats, preachers, doctors, athletes, smiling faces, musicians, researchers, inventors, friends, scientists, chefs, writers, crusaders...gone before their first breath, their first smile, their first taste of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
"Abortion kills more black people than the seven leading causes of death combined (heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and lower respiratory diseases) according to CDC data." (Black and Unwanted)
Whatever your stance on abortion, take a step back and consider the unbelievable impact of a full quarter of a population missing from a nation. From a political standpoint alone, that is a devastating blow in a representative society.
Are there layers and layers of social and economic issues underlying the high rate of abortion in the black community? Absolutely. Does that mitigate the evil of a directed campaign to reduce the African-American population in our nation? Absolutely not.
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Planned Parenthood was born of the evil, misguided belief that society's ills could be solved by ridding the world of the 'unfit,' the 'undesirable,' the 'unwanted.' But when it is corruptible, flawed humans making the decisions about who is fit enough to deserve a place in our nation, when an entire race has been deemed undesirable by generations past, and when the next generation of that race has been cut down by a quarter, it is time for society to reevaluate its approach to the challenges it faces.
It may take a concerted effort on the part of the African-American community itself to take a stand against the genocide that has wreaked such devastation on its numbers. Community leaders may need to work together to combat the prevailing belief system so ingrained in our society that dictates that unintended pregnancies result in unwanted people.
Perhaps, instead, the African-American community could champion their unborn as gifts to the world instead of burdens on the world and rally around their expectant mothers, defend them against the prevailing societal pressures, and declare them blessed to be carrying the gift of a new generation of African-Americans.
Perhaps instead of pregnancy and child rearing being perceived as crippling the potential of an individual African-American woman's life, it can be redefined as the distinction of being a life-bearer, as carrying the potential for the renewal and restoration of a vibrant community, and as bringing with it the honor and support that should be given to those who give heroically and sacrificially of themselves.
Then perhaps, just perhaps, our entire nation might follow the example set in the African-American community and experience a cultural shift, supporting mothers, welcoming new life in all its shades of normal, and embracing the opportunity to be the village that raises the next generation of Americans.
And the economics? Breastfeeding is free. Cloth diapers are affordable, adorable, and reusable. Education through twelfth grade is free. Health care is already available for low-income Americans, with options being hammered out for others. Does that take care of everything? No, but it's a start.
Charities, churches, and local governments can rally and organize their resources to provide free food pantries, job training, transportation, and temporary housing for those in need in their communities. Hospitals and doctors can set up free breastfeeding clinics and classes to support and encourage this life-sustaining practice. Local colleges can give credit to their students for offering free tutoring to area students who are struggling or for providing childcare for parents in job-training programs or who need childcare in a crisis. Local officials can stop putting people in jail for non-violent crimes and instead sentence them to community service to provide reparation to their victims and their community. Will these steps solve every issue? No, but it will solve some.
Are these solutions idealized and simplistic? Maybe. But we have to start somewhere, and a wish for something better, a hope for healing, a dream of a different future is at least a starting point, isn't it?
L.R.Knost~Parenting and Children's Book Author
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