For Discussion: Pro-Choice Vs. Pro-Life In The Black Community

- By Bossip Staff Categories: For Discussion, For Your Information, News

Black women account for 40 percent of the abortions in America while only being 13 percent of the population:

For years the largely white staff of Georgia Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, tried to tackle the disproportionately high number of black women who undergo abortions. But, staff members said, they found it difficult to make inroads with black audiences. So in 2009, the group took money that it normally used for advertising a pregnancy hot line and hired a black woman, Catherine Davis, to be its minority outreach coordinator.

Ms. Davis traveled to black churches and colleges around the state, delivering the message that abortion is the primary tool in a decades-old conspiracy to kill off blacks. This month, the group expanded its reach, making national news with 80 billboards around Atlanta that proclaim, “Black children are an endangered species,” and a Web site, http://www.toomanyaborted.com.

Across the country, the anti-abortion movement, long viewed as almost exclusively white and Republican, is turning its attention to African-Americans and encouraging black abortion opponents across the country to become more active. Black abortion opponents, who sometimes refer to abortions as “womb lynchings,” have mounted a sustained attack on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, spurred by a sting operation by young white conservatives who taped Planned Parenthood employees welcoming donations specifically for aborting black children.

“What’s giving it momentum is blacks are finally figuring out what’s going down,” said Johnny M. Hunter, a black pastor and longtime abortion opponent in Fayetteville, N.C. “The game changes when blacks get involved. And in the pro-life movement, a lot of the groups that have been ignored for years, they’re now getting galvanized.”

The factors fueling the focus on black women — an abortion rate far higher than that of other races and the ties between the effort to legalize and popularize birth control and eugenics — are, at heart, old news. But they have been given exaggerated new life by the Internet, slick repackaging, high production values and money, like the more than $20,000 that Georgia Right to Life invested in the billboards. Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that black women get almost 40 percent of the country’s abortions, even though blacks make up only 13 percent of the population. Nearly 40 percent of black pregnancies end in induced abortion, a rate far higher than for white or Hispanic women.

Day Gardner, now the president of the National Black Pro-Life Union in Washington, said those figures shocked her at first.

“I just really assumed that white people aborted more than anyone else, and black people would not do this because we’re culturally a religious people, we have large families,” Ms. Gardner said.

Many black anti-abortion leaders, including Ms. Davis and Alveda King, a niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life, often recount their own abortion histories (each woman had two).

Abortion opponents say the number is so high because abortion clinics are deliberately located in black neighborhoods and prey upon black women. The evidence, they say, is everywhere: Planned Parenthood’s response to the anti-abortion ad that aired during the Super Bowl featured two black athletes, they note, and several women’s clinics offered free services — including abortions — to evacuees after Hurricane Katrina.

“The more I dug into it, the more vast I found that the network was,” Ms. Davis said. “And I realized that African-American women just did not know the truth, they did not understand the truth about the abortion industry.”

But those who support abortion rights dispute the conspiracy theory, saying it portrays black women as dupes and victims. The reason black women have so many abortions is simple, they say: too many unwanted pregnancies. “There’s an assumption that every time a girl is pregnant it’s because of voluntary activity, and it’s so not the case,” Ms. Ross said.

But, she said, the idea that abortion is intended to wipe out blacks may be finding fertile ground in a population that has experienced so much sanctioned prejudice and violence.

Black opponents of abortion are fond of saying that black people were anti-abortion and anti-birth control early on, pointing to Marcus Garvey’s conviction that blacks could overcome white supremacy through reproduction, and black militants who protested family planning clinics.

But that is only half the picture, scholars say. Black women were eager for birth control even before it was popularized by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and black doctors who provided illegal abortions were lauded as community heroes.

Discuss…

Source

More Stories From Bossip

Comments

  • Sarah

    No one wants black babies.

  • Sarah

    Everyone wants biracial babies with light skin and good hair.

  • http://perryone779@yahoo,com a rose by any other name # 9304026339482056536 ™

    They are lying about that, we all know white women have way more abortions than black women.. they lie like a rug and then the lying SOB’s turn around and say black women have more kids than whites! They lie! Stop believing all that crap they put off on black folks!!

  • its me

    Abortions are wrong, point blank

  • its me

    Black women have the most “reported” abortions. White people probably do it on the low, or they buy a pill under the table

  • MEANING

    They are lying about that, we all know white women have way more abortions than black women.. they lie like a rug and then the lying SOB’s turn around and say black women have more kids than whites! They lie! Stop believing all that crap they put off on black folks!!
    ——————————————————-
    I’ve seen tons of white women have abortion over the last ten years, and only two black friends have abortions. I wish there could be a choice to be able to have kids or not, like being able to switch off your reproductive organs without birth control, because trust me, if men were able to get pregnant, there would be fetuses all up and down the highway. It’s unfair that women have to carry children.
    Pro-choice for me, but I could NEVER abort a child.

  • Ms.ViVi

    Are you sure, cause I know alot of black women with 4 kids by 3 different guys. And girls younger than 14 having babies. Where are the abortions at?

  • Micaroni715

    I worked it healthcare. I spoke with a young white woman who was 22 and a full-time student. Her diagnosis was habitual aborter or something similiar.

  • UrHeinessDaQueen

    @sarah: this is so not the topic to be spewing your usual bs.
    If you wish to marry/reproduce with a non-black man,do you but don’t do refrain from bashing blacks,especially innocent children!….smh

  • Denise

    The abortion is issue is simply that of a women’s right to choose what happens to her body. Not a black and white issue! The mostly all white “pro-life” movement is finally turning to the african-american population because their radical, nonsensical message is falling on deaf ears and they need new life for their cause. To insinuate that our population is using abortion for some sort self-perpetuated exterminiation is not only false but down right bigoted! The underlying reasons for the disparity in the number of black versus white abortions is not because we dont want black babies, its simply lies in the fact that we do not have the same resources afforded to whites most if not all the time. The fact that their movement is picking a war with planned parenthood, an organization that seems to be one of the few to come to the aid of young sexually active black women is idiotic. We, as balck people, are not inferior intellectually, you can’t take bullshit, wrap it in a new package and serve it to us as the new gospel and expect us to accept it. Shame on you.

  • Glok... Amerikkkaz Blk Hitler ! !

    THOSE SAME BLK DOCTORS WERE ALL BOULE,..AND WERE FUNDED BY THE SAME PPL THAT THE BYTCH SANGER WAS FUNDED BY I CANT IMAGINE THE PAIN YOU WOMEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH AND THE HURT IT MUST FEEL TO HAVE TO CHOOSE LIFE OR DEATH ,.I DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO PROCREATE BUT ID LOVE IF YOU DIDNT GET ABORTIONS,..ONLY GOD THE ALMIGHTY HAS THAT CHOICE FOR YOU ,..AND WHY WOULD YOU KILL AN INNOCENT BABY NO MATTER HOW IT WAS CONCEIVED!?

  • reealty12

    i have had 4 abortions and they were all black babies so if anyone has question, just ask me!

  • YorkieLover

    Pro-Choice.
    Don’t have kids that you can’t take care of financially,mentally,or emotionally. If you’re not married or at least have a supportive “baby daddy”,then don’t have kids,and I mean he’s more that financially supportive.
    Too many babies having babies. Too many immature women and men bringing innocent lives into this cruel world. This is one of the root causes of the issues in the black community. Too many unwanted black babies and children.

    Look at the high number of black kids in foster care and adoption agencies around the world. Many of them are born without a chance. This isn’t the wild! Children need two stable parents to take care of them and black folks need to stop thinking that when their kids turn 18, they don’t have to parent anymore.

  • Ms.EJ

    Greetings to ALL🙂 hope everyone had a blessed day at church or in general….onto the topic.

    Seriously, is this ATTACK THE BLACK WOMAN MONTH!?, because it sure does seem that way. What is the sudden fascination about black women: who we are dating, what we are dating, why we aren’t dating, who doesn’t want to date us, why we are single, chocolate to white chocolate sista issues…I mean what is really going on?!!! How is it that to many media outlets or society per se we are not desired or at the bottom of the barrel (which is so not true) yet we seem to be the MAIN focus to many from sun down and sun up.

    @DENISE & NIKII- 100% agree.
    @URHEINESSTHEQUEEN- Very good points.

  • Capria30

    @ Nikki- I agree!

  • Glok... Amerikkkaz Blk Hitler ! !

    LOVE YOUR ENERGY AND POST AND YOU RIGHT ,..THIS CHIT IZ MYTHS,..ITS TO ET MORE BLK WOMEN TO ABORT THEY CHILDREN ,..I NEVER HEARD OF MEXICANS ABORTING THEY SEEDS AND WHY SHOULD WE …STOP TRYING EVERYTHING THESE PPL OFFER YOU ,..AND THEY GIVE THEM NAMES YOU FAMILIAR WITH ,..YAZ ,..AND SOME OTHER CHITS I CANT REMEMBER,…AND THESE COMMERCIALS ,… WITH BLK VOICES CLAIMING THEY TAKE THEIR HIV TEST ,..LIKE WE THE ONLY PPL THAT HAVE THIS PROBLEM, AIDS AND ALL THE CHIT …THEY MAKE OUR THE CARRIERS OF ALL THE ILLS OF THE WORLD ,..BUT YET WE STILL MIX AND SWIRL!

  • UrHeinessDaQueen

    @MsEJ: thank you🙂

  • Glok... Amerikkkaz Blk Hitler ! !

    THAT LAST POST WAS FOR NIKI!

  • Marquis de Sade

    😆 You sistas’ need to pool your financial resources, and hire a lobbyist and PR firm to clean up y’all f*cked up (but in most cases) well deserved image.

  • UrHeinessDaQueen

    @sarah: I though you would approve of my avi (like I give a damn!lol) I mean,after all,she is white just how you like em! lol

  • http://bossip Keep it Real

    Yeap this is the dirty secret that no one wants to talk about. Add up the multiple abortions by a lot of single childless black professional women. Who have the nerve to turn their nose up and look down on the single hoodrat black women with babies. Who are also having multiple abortions so that they don’t have additional illegitimate babies by multiple baby daddies. And its easy see how you get to that percentage. While the so called black leaders (that includes civil rights activist, ministers and politicians) who receive large donations from, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and multiple liberal/women’s rights organizations, remain silent. Every ones at fault

  • Black1st

    abortion kill more black people then heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined…. Thats because our people spirt is broken…. We need more self knowledge and elimnate self hatred

    Black 1st

  • Mike

    @Glok

    I TOLD YOU PPL ABOUT THE BYTCH MARGARET SANGER AND HER DEALING WITH W.E.B. DUBOIS ,..WHEN SHE GAVE BLK MEN AT THE TUSKEEGEE STERILIZATION THIS BYTCH WAS BEHIND BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ?,..WOW DIDNT KNOW THAT ,..GOD SAID BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY ,..WHO THE F.UK ARE THESE PL TO TELL YOU NOT TO GIVE BIRTH
    —————————–

    Good sh*t and very true. We all really need to study how birth control came on the scene, abortions, and the purpose for it. They do not want us to give birth. They have been trying to destroy us for decades and some of us believe whatever the government put in front of our faces. What I read about Margaret is one of the reasons why I am pro-life. I looked up the Dubois info you gave me the other week. Good stuff and thanks bruh.

  • williebobo

    I wish Little Waynes mother had an abortion.

  • Glok... Amerikkkaz Blk Hitler ! !

    THANK YOU @KEEP IT REAL ,..MANY BLK PROFESSIONALZ WOMEN HAVE ABORTED THEY’RE BABIES FOR CAREERS,…VERY WELL SAID TOO!

1 2 3 18
blog comments powered by Disqus