By Tom Quiner
As seen in the Des Moines Register on February 7, 2010
One out of two African-American pregnancies end in abortion.
Does it matter?
I was advised by a voice I respect that I’m walking into a minefield, that perhaps a white guy shouldn’t be writing about black abortion. I drove out to the Maple Street Baptist Church to ask Reverend Keith Ratliff about it.
Reverend Ratliff, who is African-American, said “any caring individual has a right to write about life.” Even more, he characterized abortion as a “silent genocide” in the African-American community.
Blacks represent twelve percent of the population, but account for 36% of all abortions. He told me abortion is the biggest killer in the African-American community, topping cancer, heart disease, AIDs, and homicide.
Why talk about black abortion today? Here’s why: this is Black History Month. It’s a fair bet our schools aren’t going to talk about it. After all, they had a chance to hear about it a couple of years ago when Dr. Alveda King visited Des Moines. Dr. King is Martin Luther King’s niece. She speaks out nationally on the impact abortion is having on the African-American community. Roosevelt High School, which had invited her to Des Moines to speak, rescinded the invite.
Her topic evidently isn’t a fit subject for public schools.
I ask again, does it matter?
After all, a revered woman influenced the world with these words: “It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them.”
Yes, Margaret Sanger’s legacy is alive today. Her organization, Planned Parenthood, has built clinics in inner cities throughout America with much support from our political establishment. In fact, Reverend Ratliff says 78 percent of PP clinics are in minority neighborhoods. Although they can’t be credited with performing all of the 650,000 annual abortions being performed on the African-American unborn, they have the lion’s share of the market. At $450 per abortion, the African American community accounts for nearly $300 million a year in revenue for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Abortion is big business.
Its impact is measurable. The total fertility rate for the African-American community has dropped well below the replacement rate of 2.1, down to 1.97.
An important part of our American community is dying off in what is characterized as genocide by some in the black community, to the financial benefit of others.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Focus on the Family is running a controversial Super Bowl ad that celebrates the life of Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow. His Mom was faced with a tough choice when she carried Tim in her womb. Her doctor encouraged her to abort because of health risks she faced. She chose life.
Today’s Super Bowl ad is dangerous. It humanizes “choice.” Women’s groups are outraged and demand that CBS drop the ad. Erin Mattson, VP for the National Organization for Women (NOW) said “This ad is hate masquerading as love.”
Try to follow that logic on that one. Here is the ad that appeared on Super Sunday:
The solution to abortion is education according to Reverend Ratliff. Here in Iowa, our legislature has attempted to do just that with the “Woman’s Right to Know Act.” This bill requires an informed consent before an abortion takes place. It includes the opportunity for a woman to view an ultrasound of her fetus.
Something amazing happens when the mother views her fetus: it turns into a person. It turns into a she, instead of an “it”. Nine out of ten moms change their mind and don’t have the abortion after viewing this ultrasound. She chooses life, just as Tim Tebow’s mom did.
Isn’t that what our President wants, for abortion to be legal, but rare?
Dehumanizing slavery was a tragic chapter in the history of Black America. Dehumanizing abortion is our current history.
If this matters to you, ask your legislators to let the Woman’s Right to Know Act come to the floor for a vote.
If this doesn’t matter to you, I ask why?