Sunday, June 7, 2009

Blacks, Abortion and Civil Rights

By Leland C. Abraham, Esq.

A central issue in the last presidential election, and one that still grips the conscience of this nation is the issue of abortion. For some, abortion is the systematic killing of young ones that have the potential to be productive citizens. For others, abortion, however unfortunate, is a necessary means. A question that has always intrigued me is, “Where do black people stand on the issue of abortion?”

Abortion was popularized by the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. This pivotal case was decided in 1973. According to the most conservative estimates, some 14 million black babies have been aborted since 1973. This is an average of roughly 1,400 black babies aborted per day. This makes the Black population the proportionate leader in this category. Planned Parenthood, the major promoter of the choice for abortion, is primarily located in predominately black and Latino neighborhoods. According to, the origins of Planned Parenthood are steeped in the systematic destruction of a generation of black people. According to the site, Margaret Sanger aligned herself with eugenics in the early 1900s. Eugenics was an ideology that espoused racial supremacy and “purity” of the “Aryan” race. By 1939, Sanger created the “Negro Project” in which she sought to decrease the number of “lower class and barbarous” blacks. She opened her clinic in Harlem and sought to spread her message by speaking to community leaders and black churches. In reference to her speaking at black churches, Sanger wrote: “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” [emphasis added]. Sanger was successful in recruiting many influential black leaders to her new form of “birth control.”

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