Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council put out this statement.
Reports today have the predominantly African American Church of God in Christ, with an estimated 6 million members, set to endorse the President's health care plan. The endorsement is to be carefully worded, to ensure that President Obama stays true to his promise that abortion will not be government funded--a condition that every single version of health care reform pushed by leading Democrats in the House and Senate fails to fulfill.
The issue of abortion is of utmost importance in the African-American community for it is this community that has been targeted by Planned Parenthood and their ilk. Since Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973 over 13 million African-Americans children have been killed. The targeting of pro-abortion forces is highlighted when you consider that African-Americans make up only 13.5 percent of the population, yet Planned Parenthood's Guttmacher Institute reports that of the approximately 1.21 million abortions that are performed annually in the United States, 37 percent are performed on African-American women and their unborn children. Preliminary data currently being compiled on all abortion facilities in the U.S. shows that over 20 states have abortion facilities in areas where the African-American population is 50 percent or higher. In fact in 10 states and in Washington, D.C. abortuaries are located exclusively in minority areas. If the current versions of the President's health care overhaul pass those numbers are sure to increase.
We shouldn't make the inference that just because there have been 13 million black abortions in this country if no abortions were performed there would be 13 million extra blacks. For example, let’s say a woman gets pregnant and gets an abortion. She get pregnant six months later and keeps the baby. Had she kept the first baby, she would’ve never gotten pregnant a second time so the black race comes out even either way. On the other hand, the 13 million abortions could underestimate how many blacks there would be otherwise, since an otherwise aborted baby who was born in 1975 could’ve had children of her own by now. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were 20 million fewer blacks in this country that there would’ve been without abortion.
If blacks were smart and exclusively concerned with increasing their numbers and influence, they’d be pro-life. They’re not not out of any rational consideration, but because the black elite takes its cues from white liberals. I remember once somebody on Sailer’s blog asked why Jeremiah Wright was always ranting about the Palestinians. Someone responded that it was because black leaders don’t have any thoughts of their own but are swept along with whatever intellectual fads are in fashion among white elites.
All this reminds me of a conversation I had with a feminist-influenced young woman. She asked me what I thought of abortion rights. I said that I was pro-choice and pointed to the fact that parents can now abort babies with serious disabilities before they’re born. She found this horrifying and I was generally puzzled as to why. I’m sure that feminists see the average woman who has an abortion as an intelligent and attractive go-getter who doesn’t want to be sidetracked on her road to success. In situations like this, the right to kill the child in its womb is sacred and is as much of a moral decision as contemplating whether to step on an ant, if not less so. But favoring the wide availability of the exact same procedure to improve the human race is somehow Naziish.
Tony Perkins’ argument reminds me of this point. Black/white double standards are so ubiquitous in modern America that it gets tiring after a while to point them all out, but this is a particularly interesting case. Liberals went crazy when a Fox News contributor indirectly implied that we need more white children, but an explicit argument that we need more blacks is considered acceptable for a conservative. I suppose the spectrum of civilized opinion on population policy ranges from favoring dysgenics to being indifferent to trends. Even supporting abortion on the grounds of a woman’s right to choose but noticing that the effects will be eugenic is verboten.