A Crisis of Vast Proportions
by Grace Biske
While the Kermit Gosnell trials brought to light some of the more gruesome aspects of abortion, the fact remains that abortion continues to thrive in poor urban areas. The majority of clinics offering abortions are housed in African American or Latino neighborhoods: one of every three abortions performed in the US is on African American children. Over 30 million African American souls have been extinguished in clinics since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973, making it the leading cause of death among African Americans, more devastating even than heart disease. Numbers like these put the crisis on the level of female gendercide in China.
Those 30 million aborted children have cost our community nearly $4 billion. What would our country look like with 42 million black people instead of the 12 million we currently have? What a tremendous loss of precious human life. Imagine if we had poured those $4 billion back into our community for education, the arts, and urban revitalization instead of killing off members of our own community.
We hear abortion defended as a "woman's right." But other rights are at stake here. Do we have the right to spend billions of dollars reducing the African American population to a third of its potential? Is it our right to choose who enters life and who doesn't? In the late 1800s it was the white man's right to subjugate, own, and torture Africans. Today we call it our right to extinguish our brothers and sisters—and we pay an abortionist to do it. If our ancestors knew the choices we've made and the flippancy with which we toss aside human life, I believe they'd be extremely disappointed in us. After all the sacrifices they made for the freedom of generations to come, we have repaid them with so much loss of life and dignity. What a shame.
A few years ago, I attended a birthday party of a family member on the white side of my family. We played a word association game in which Margaret Sanger came up. The game referred to her as a "nurse," though she is the founder of the American Birth Control League, a body that eventually became the multi-billion-dollar corporation Planned Parenthood. A so-called "birth control advocate," Sanger advocated abortion as a means of birth control, especially in the African American community. She admitted to being a proponent of "negative eugenics" and the purity of the white race. Eugenics is a deliberate plan carried out over time to completely kill off what is considered an "inferior race," and it is often associated with the genocide of the Jews. Very rarely does anyone associate eugenics with the black community. But we should.
With government funding under her belt, Sanger was able to set up abortion clinics in red-lined, blacks-only zip codes enforced by Jim Crow laws. Her agenda to push "the best option" for low-income blacks through abortion worked. While she publicly shamed those who would torture and lynch African Americans, Sanger knew that if we would kill our own, blacks would cease to exist as a people group. And for the most part, we have cooperated beautifully with her plan. In this way, Margaret Sanger was a success.
When I mentioned this to someone at the family gathering, an older white man, he smirked and responded under his breath, "Good." The sentiment didn't surprise me. Many people gladly continue to benefit financially and otherwise from the killing of unborn African American children. It hurt that he articulated it, yet so many others articulate it through inaction.
What do we do now?
Unfortunately, many pro-life churches address abortion with defensive tactics like protesting abortion clinics. The picket line is no place to build relationships and helpful connections. Christians need to focus on solutions to the conditions that perpetuate abortions. Instead of belittling low-income blacks and Latinos, Christians need to educate ourselves and advocate for these clinics to be move out of poor, urban neighborhoods. We are quick to adopt internationally, while African American children languish in the system longer than any other race or ethnic group. Where is the church for these children after it has prevented their abortion? As an African American, I have been deeply hurt by the silence of the body of Christ—red and yellow, black and white—regarding the systemic, disproportionate number of African American children lost through abortion. The body of Christ needs to be committed to seeing God's kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Let's avoid the picket line and craft a more creative and complex approach. Let's use our best time, energy, and resources to put an end to yet another legal form of oppression of blacks in America.
Grace Biskie is a discipleship coach, freelance writer and blogger, wife, and mother living in Kalamazoo, Mich. She loves Jesus and Swiss cake rolls and hates horcruxes and human trafficking.
Most polls indicate that the majority of African Americans favor a pro-life position. However, very few African Americans have become involved in pro-life activism primarily because of misinformation coming from pro-choice proponents. Lack of information about the impact of abortion on the African American community and the failure of high-profile leadership within the clergy to share the pro-life message have compounded the problem. Black Genocide seeks to change this through education and outreach.