Walter Hoye

Health-Care Inequality Is NOT Key In Abortion Rates!

In Abortion on August 18, 2008 at 1:00 am

Melissa Gilliam’s article entitled “Health-Care Inequality Is Key In Abortion Rates, posted Sunday, August 10th, 2008 and was published by The Philadelphia Inquirer.” [1] Melissa Gilliam is an associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology at the University of Chicago, Director of the fellowship in family planning at the University of Chicago and Chairwoman of the Alan Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors.

No matter how many times I read or hear this type of response I am stunned.  The fact that a Black woman wrote it makes it all the more difficult for me to fathom.

Melissa Gilliam, associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology at the University of Chicago, appears to miss or ignore the fact that the bodies of unborn children are being dismembered, sucked down tubes into biohazardous waste bags and stabbed with scissors in the back of their heads so that their brains can be sucked out of their skulls while in the wombs of their mothers.

Can the gruesome reality of abortion in the African-American community be justified because Black women’s “higher unintended pregnancy rates reflect the particular difficulties that many women in minority communities face in accessing high-quality contraceptive services and using their methods of birth control consistently and effectively over long periods of time?”

If the reality of these well documented abortion procedures and the numbers surrounding minority abortions (67% of all legally induced abortions in the United States) documented by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI)[2], does not bring infanticide or genocide to mind, perhaps the fact that according to the U.S. Census Report of 2006, Black Americans are currently below the replacement level will.

The U.S. Census Report of 2006 is given to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Congress.[3] It plainly shows our leadership at the highest levels that Black Americans are not replacing themselves.  We need 2.1 live births to do that and we are currently at 1.9.  Even with the help of immigrations of new Black American citizens, we are still not replacing ourselves.

If the fact that Black Americans are not replacing themselves does not raise a red flag, then perhaps the fact that legally induced abortion is not just the leading cause of death among Black Americans but among American’s in general[4] will at least register as a cause for concern.

If the fact that legally induced abortion is the leading cause of death among Black Americans does not register as a cause for concern, perhaps the words of Dr. Johnny Lee Hunter, a Black man who is the National Director of L.E.A.R.N., the largest, African-American, evangelical pro-life ministry in the United States, will allow for a second thought.  According to Dr. Hunter “since 1882 until 1968, 3,446 Black Americans were lynched here in the U.S. and that number is surpassed in three (3) days by abortion.[5]”  Dr. Alveda C. King continues this theme by saying that abortion is “womb lynching.[6]”

I am desperately struggling trying to believe that Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, a highly educated Black woman who appears to have clearly benefited from the struggles of Black American men and women in the past, does not understand, know or believe that an individual born of a human father and a human mother is, by nature, by definition, by empirical scientific evidence, regardless of skin color, race, religion, intelligence, health or socio-economic circumstances, or stage of human development, a human being and a person?

I just don’t believe it.

Dr. Raymond Dennehy, Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco, puts it this way:

“If it is just as much an unjustifiable homicide to kill an innocent person of color as it is to kill an innocent white person, a poor person as a rich one, a sickly person as a healthy person, it is just as much an unjustifiable homocide deliberately to kill a human fetus as it is to kill deliberately a human infant or adult.”[7]

I agree with Dr. Dennehy and believe that skin color, race, religion, intelligence, health or socio-economic circumstances, or stage of human development are all “morally irrelevant criteria” to justify the murder of an innocent human being.

Does Chairwoman Gilliam really believe that “a long history of discrimination; lack of access to high-quality, affordable health care; too few educational and professional opportunities; unequal access to safe, clean neighborhoods; and, for some African Americans, a lingering mistrust of the medical community” is the reason why a woman goes into an abortion clinic to kill her “unintended” baby?

Does Doctor Gilliam really believe that Black women today are “stretched so thin,” thinner in fact than the Black women who, facing horrors still unheard and unhealed, gave birth to their children while slaves from the 16th to 18th century in the United States of America?

Does Director Gilliam really believe that after Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA), with the majority of their facilities in minority communities, has for decades encouraged premarital sex (e.g. http://www.teenwire.com), has inundated the black community with contraceptives beginning with Margaret Sanger’s 1939-1940 racist Negro Project[8] to eliminate blacks, has received over $4 billion of federal Title X and Medicaid funds[9] for their family planning of Blacks Americans and has doubled “excess of revenue over expenses” funds from $55.7 million in 2005 to $112 million in 2006,[10] that “the strong body of evidence” shows that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are a waste of money?

I just do not believe Melissa Gilliam believes these things to be true.

The Issues4Life Foundation believes that Black men and women can live chaste lives. Mr. Hoye says, even the CDC acknowledges that abstinence… MIGHT help reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy and the number of legal induced abortions in the United States.[11]” In another report, the CDC says that “… the MOST effective methods for preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are those that protect against exposure to HIV.  Preventive behaviors include sexual abstinence…[12]”

So what can African-American leadership do to abolish abortion?

African-American leadership must not rely on sex education or the government to abolish abortion.  Instead African-American leadership must understand that the key to serving this present age is meeting the physical and spiritual needs of women and children in the name of Jesus Christ and working together with those who, in the words of Day Gardner (a Black woman who is President of the National Black Pro-Life Union), understand that: “The consequences or circumstances a young woman may face with an unplanned pregnancy need not include the cruel and vicious killing of her child.[13]”


     

Notes:

[01] Visit: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/20080811_Health-care_inequality_is_key_in_abortion_rates.html?adString=inq.currents/currents;!category=currents;&randomOrd=081208043820 [accessed August 2008]

[02] Visit: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html %5Baccessed August 2008]

[03] Visit http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/06statab/vitstat.pdf and refer to chart 77. [accessed August 2008]

[04] Visit: http://www.2secondsfaster.com/archives/152 [accessed August 2008]

[05] Visit: http://theprolifeorgofgrimeswallercounties.blogspot.com/2008/03/black-genocide.html %5Baccessed August 2008]

[06] Visit: http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2007/09/20/news/porter_county/doc9789ac223bfab3c98625735c00051b6b.txt  %5Baccessed August 2008]

[07] Read “Anti-Abortionist at Large” By Raymond Dennehy”, published by Trafford Publishing, page 138.

[08] Read “The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Plan for Black Americans” By Tanya L. Green (http://www.cwfa.org/articledisplay.asp?id=1466&department=CWA&categoryid=life) %5Baccessed August 2008]

[09]Visit: http://defundplannedparenthood.org/ [accessed August 2008]

[10] Read: “Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Makes $1 Billion Income for First Time” (http://www.issues4life.org/pdfs/news_20080328.pdf and Read: “African-American Abortion : Pro Choice, Infanticide, Or Genocide?” by Brad Lena (http://www.blackelectorate.com/articles.asp?ID=657)  [both accessed August 2008]

[11] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5609a1.htm %5Baccessed August 2008]

[12] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00054952.htm %5Baccessed August 2008]

[13] Visit: http://www.nationalblackprolifeunion.com/ [accessed August 2008]

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