Yesterday, I posted the following ‘tweet’ from John Piper:
“The abortion industry kills as many BLACK people every four days as the klan killed in 150 years.”
He was quoting from this article, the meat of which says:
Presently, America’s pregnancy help centers are set up in predominantly white, suburban, and small-town communities. This reflects the demographics of our current movement. But long ago, Planned Parenthood explicitly identified its profit centers: “young women, low-income women, and women of color” (Planned Parenthood Plan of Action, 1997). Studies show that 62.5% of Planned Parenthood facilities are located in cities where Blacks represent a higher percentage of the population compared to the overall population of the state. (LifeIssues.org/connector/display.asp?page=05oct.htm)
Black women, who represent 12% of the female population, suffer 36% of all abortions. Latina women represent 13% of the female population but suffer another 20% of all abortions. Together, they suffer 56% of all abortions yet they represent only 25% of our nation’s population.
Rev. Clenard Childress, Northeast Region President of the Life Education And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), explains the numbers: “The abortion industry kills as many Black people every four days as the Klan killed in 150 years. Since 1973, legal abortion has killed more Blacks than AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and violent crime combined.”
Absolutely everything written here is fact. There is nothing about it that represents opinion. So, while abortion is a very touchy issue — and one dear to my heart as I have personally seen the effects in the lives of those I love — I felt comfortable passing on the statement as one of sobering truth…
However, I was discouraged to have a pretty angry comment form someone I haven’t spoken to since high school:
“That’s not even a fair conparison and I think it’s In poor light to put them in the same category. Planned parenthood is an abortion Industry giant?? Yea that’s when I stop reading the article. Get real man, educating people about their options is the only way to help them make an informed decision. It’s one thing to enjoy and express your religion, don’t throw everyone else under the bus.”
Since facebook has some pretty significant length restrictions, and since I can’t access while I’m at work, and also so that others who don’t happen to be our friends on facebook can be a part of the dialog, I decided to respond here.
So, here is my response:
Thanks for your thoughts! I have to admit, I saddened that we’ve been friends on facebook for months, and the first time you decided to contact me was to chastise me for passing along someone else’s quote.
How are you doing? I hear you’re working for Apple now! Congrats! You must have really busted your but in college! (Can you hook me up w/ a new macbook? — Sorry, had to ask)
Since you seem offended by the statement I posted, I would like to clarify a couple of things and the respond to you, if that’s OK.
First of all, I’m not that guy who thinks we should picket abortion clinics and put cheesy bumper stickers on our cars to ostracize those who have made regretful decisions. I know that abortion is a deep topic, and that for those who have experienced it in any way, it is very, very personal.
This post is not really meant to stir up the dialog about whether abortion is acceptable or not. It seems that those who want to support abortion refuse to believe that an unborn infant is a true human being, and no amount of reasoning is ever enough to move past this step. This flies in the face of the fact that the human brain is incapable of understanding why we should save one 18-week-old ‘fetus’ and dismember another, or why we should mourn a miscarriage of one baby but applaud the ‘termination’ of another.
Nevertheless, a few typed words on a screen do not suffice to thoroughly discuss such a weighty topic.
The purpose of sharing this info was to bring light to how racially imbalanced abortion is, and that this is very intentional.
So, that said, let me respond to your comments:
That’s not even a fair conparison and I think it’s In poor light to put them in the same category. Planned parenthood is an abortion Industry giant?? Yea that’s when I stop reading the article.
OK. You say that it isn’t a fair comparison, but you actually don’t give me any reasons to support that statement. You say that it’s ‘poor light’ to put them in the same category, but why? It’s sad, to be sure. It exposes a painful and disappointing truth, but is it dishonest? You said that you stopped reading the article, so maybe if you read it you might be challenged to change your mind.
Or, perhaps you feel like the article might be misinformed or imbalanced. In that case, I would simply encourage you to head over to wikipedia. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to read about planned parenthood, and its founder, Margaret Sanger. You will find, right there in completely secular, un-biased black and white text that Margeret Sanger was a lifetime proponent of eugenics, and she founded planned parenthood (call the American Birth Control League, at the time) with the explicit intention of reducing the number of ‘unfit’ people in our society, particularly minorities. The KKK was actually influential in helping her get it started.
She petitioned our government to:
Apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.
And her first pamphlet read:
It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them. Herein lies the key of civilization. For upon the foundation of an enlightened and voluntary motherhood shall a future civilization emerge.
There you go amigo. I understand that the truth expressed her is very inflammatory, but not everything that is inflammatory should be withheld from expression. It was inflammatory for a german to speak out against Hitler when he was in power. I’m sure that those who supported him were offended. But when human life — when social injustice targetted at a whole race — is at stake, I believe that being inflammatory is necessary.
As one of my favorite songs says: “I join the oppressors of those I choose to ignore.”
Are you sure you’re not just blowing this off for convenience sake? At least make sure you educate yourself before you do!
As far as your remarks about making an informed decision, I would direct you to the recent news story about how the director of Planned Parenthood resigned because she was being pressured to produce more abortion income from her clinic. They were trying to help their patients make an ‘informed decision’, much like a care salesman wants to help you make an ‘informed decision’ about buying his cars.
And lastly, you said
It’s one thing to enjoy and express your religion, don’t throw everyone else under the bus.
Please note that absolutely nothing ‘religious’ at all has been written here. Nothing. If you disagree, then please help me out. What is religious about this? I’m simply stating this collection of facts: Plannaed Parenthood is a profit-seeking company that was founded with the intention of reducing the population of minorities in America and has successfully done so by killing more Blacks in the last 30 years than AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and violent crime combined.
If that seems offensive, it should be. It should break our hearts.
Doesn’t it break yours?
I look forward to hearing from you!