It was four decades ago that the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its infamous finding of a right to abortion in our nation’s Constitution. Later this week, pro-life activists hope to amass crowd’s rivaling yesterday’s presidential inauguration for the March for Life against abortion.
Project 21 member Derryck Green laments the Court’s decision and its particularly heinous effects on black communities in America. He also suggests there needs to be a new line of offense in combating the proliferation of abortion. Derryck says:
Sadly, today marks the 40th year since, in its Roe v. Wade decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion was protected by the Constitution.
Since that decision, it is estimated that over 55 million unborn babies in America were put to death.
Abortion has had a disastrous effect on the nation in moral and cultural ways, but the idea of having a “choice” to end an unborn baby’s life has had a devastatingly disproportionate impact on the black community.
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s position was, according to his father: “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that over 40 percent of all black pregnancies end in abortion, and it is also reported that abortion is responsible for more black deaths than heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, accidents, homicides, suicide, HIV and cancer combined.
The so-called “choice” of an abortion is said to have claimed over 16 million black babies since 1973. Over 1,800 black babies are allegedly aborted each day. With these ugly statistics, one may come to the conclusion that – through abortion – blacks are willingly participating in killing their own people. They are accomplishing what the Ku Klux Klan could only dream of achieving.
Worse still, America’s first black president has whole-heartedly endorsed this practice up to and including abortions performed during the third trimester.
Not only is this unfortunate reality sad, but it is unjust as well. The notion that abortion is a “choice” is purposely misleading. The aborted baby didn’t choose to be killed. Furthermore, what about the rights of those unborn children? All of the political talk of justice and rights is really a charade when it is not also applied to the unborn – for they are literally the most defenseless amongst us.
For those Americans who are pro-life, it’s best forget about arguing about the legalities of abortion. Instead, be concerned with discussing the immorality of this barbaric practice of abortion and the resulting consequences on the lives of the mothers who have them, the families in which these women belong, the communities where they women live and the nation as a whole. The immorality of abortion disrupts and destroys the cooperative act between God and man in creating new life in God’s image.
Jeremiah 1:5 says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” Additionally, Psalm 139:13-14 reads: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
We should all remember that the next time we hear the word “choice” used in conjunctions with abortion.