Civil Rights Revisited: The Growing African American Pro-Life Movement

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1 he rally speakers decried the targeting of African Americans and the degrading treatment of women and children by powerful cultural forces. They spoke of nonviolent resistance, community education, and the need to expose the well-financed agenda to marginalize the black population, especially in the inner-city areas.

No, this was not a rally in the 1960s led by the great civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rather, the rally was staged earlier this year in upper Manhattan by King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, who joined an interfaith, interracial coalition of pro-lifers to shine a spotlight on the abortion industry's marketing and presence in black and minority neighborhoods.

The January 10 event was historic in that it brought black pro-life leaders from across the country to the media capital of New York and showed with public statistics that abortion is decimating the black community and destroying black families. Supporting the event was Archbishop Timothy Dolan, head of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, who a few days earlier had spoken at a press conference highhghting the abortion numbers in New York City. He was joined by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, New York rabbis, and ministers from African American churches.

Using the newly released New York City Vital Statistics report, those who spoke at the press conference and the rally stressed that 41 percent of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion, with the percentage among black mothers standing about 20 points higher. In fact, more black babies are aborted than born each year. In 2009, black mothers in the city aborted 59.8 percent of their pregnancies - a rate of 1 ,500 abortions per 1 ,000 live births. In 2008 African Americans and Hispanics had a combined total of 79 percent of all abortions in New York City. That year, for every 1 ,000 live births, white women had 512 abortions, Hispanics 867, and blacks 1,260. On a national level, although black Americans make up 12.4 percent of the U.S. population, black women account for 30 percent of abortions.

The numbers are sobering, and the rally speakers tied them to Planned Parenthood, which is the nation's largest abortion business, and has the majority of its facilities in minority neighborhoods.

As Dr. King and other speakers pointed out, the targeting of African Americans and other minorities is in keeping with the published principles of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who initiated what she called the "Negro Project." She wrote that "colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." Detailing her strategy, Sanger added, "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the 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."

These shocking statements have been well-documented by pro-lifers, but will not appear in the literature of Planned Parenthood today, which tries to distance itself from its history while still holding up the founder for praise.

Yet black ministers were out in force at the January rally to declare that they would not be complicit in the decimation of their own race. The event was hosted by Pastor Bill Devlin of the Manhattan Bible Church on W 205 th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan. The opening prayer was offered by Pastor Michael Faulkner of the New Horizon Church in Harlem. Showing that the pro-life ethic cuts across racial lines, they shared the podium with a white minister who has been in the abortion fight for decades - Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition.

Another speaker was Dr. Gerard Nadal, who holds a doctorate in molecular microbiology and placed the abortion statistics in perspective. …