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Why Christians Struggle To Win The Contraception Battle

In Abortion on September 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI)

Many have asked me what is AGI? The answer is AGI stands for the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI). To get a better feel for AGI, here is a quote from Alan Guttmacher. “If you’re going to curb population, it’s extremely important not to have it done by the damned Yankees, but by the UN. Because, the thing is, then it’s not considered genocide. If the United States goes to the black man or the yellow man and says slow down your reproductive rate, we’re immediately suspected of having ulterior motives to keep the white man dominate in the world. If you can send in a colorful UN force, you’ve got much better leverage.” Alan Guttmacher, President of Planned Parenthood and former Vice-President of the American Eugenics Society, 1970.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute Reports On Contraceptives

According to AGI, “54% of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Among those women, 76% of pill users and 49% of condom users report having used their method inconsistently, while 13% of pill users and 14% of condom users report correct use.” AGI continues their report by saying: “46% of women who have abortions had not used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant. Of these women, 33% had perceived themselves to be at low risk for pregnancy, 32% had had concerns about contraceptive methods, 26% had had unexpected sex and 1% had been forced to have sex. 86% of women who have abortions have never used a method of birth control; nonuse is greatest among those who are young, poor, black, Hispanic or less educated.” Finally AGI says: “About half of unintended pregnancies occur among the 11% of women who are at risk for unintended pregnancy but are not using contraceptives. Most of these women have practiced contraception in the past.” Apparently, condoms and pills are not designed to discourage promiscuous behavior (i.e., having sexual relations with different partners indiscriminately). So why are we pretending that condoms and pills will reduce the number of abortions?

Why Christians Struggle To Win The Contraception Battle

Sun Tzu (6th century BC) was a Chinese General, military strategist, and author of The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy; also known as Sun Wu once said: “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” It appears we don’t know much about AGI and/or Planned Parenthood. It appears, when it comes to contraception, that we really don’t know ourselves. However, it also appears that AGI and Planned Parenthood know an awful lot about us and exactly what they are doing. Perhaps this explains why we are “imperiled in every single battle.”

Brothers, we really need to talk.

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic

In Abortion on September 20, 2010 at 3:11 am

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., founder Margaret Sanger created the Negro Project in 1939, after the organization changed its name from the American Birth Control League (ABCL) to the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA) (Robert G. Marshall and Charles A. Donovan, Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1991, 24-25.). In 1929, ten (10) years before Sanger created the Negro Project, the ABCL laid the groundwork for a birth control clinic in Harlem, a largely Black section of New York City. It was the dawn of the Great Depression, and for Black Americans that meant double the misery. Black Americans faced harsher conditions of desperation and privation because of widespread racial prejudice and discrimination.

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic and Private Funding

From the American Birth Control League’s (ABCL) perspective, Harlem was the ideal place for this “experimental clinic,” which officially opened on November 21, 1930. Many Black Americans looked to escape their adverse circumstances and therefore did not recognize the eugenic undercurrent of the clinic. The clinic relied on the generosity of private foundations to remain in business (Letter from Nathan W. Levin, comptroller for the Julius Rosenwald Fund, responding to Sangers request for funds, which opens with, “I am pleased to enclose our check in the amount of $2,500, representing the balance of our appropriation to the Harlem Birth Control Clinic for 1930.” 5 January 1931, MSCLC.). Please note that the Julius Rosenwald Fund was also one of the original backers of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. The Tuskegee Syphills Study has been cited as “arguably the most infamous biomedical research study in U.S. history.” (Katz RV, Kegeles SS, Kressin NR, et al., November 2006. “The Tuskegee Legacy Project: Willingness Of Minorities To Participate In Biomedical Research”, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) 17 (4): 698–715.)

The Harlem Birth Control Clinic Experiment Worked

Today Planned Parenthood is not simply funded by private investors. Today Planned Parenthood is also federally funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars. Today Planned Parenthood is no longer experimenting with birth control clinics. Today Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the world. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood opened their fourth (4th) “Super Center Clinic” in Houston, Texas. This “Super Center Clinic” is the largest of the new clinics, standing six stories tall with 78,000 square-feet on six acres. Brothers, abortion is killing us. Even Margaret Sanger, the founder and past president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, knew that abortion takes a human life. In her 1938 autobiography she says: “no matter how early it (i.e., abortion) was performed it (i.e., abortion) was taking life” (Sanger, Margaret (1938). Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography. New York: W. W. Norton. p. 217.). Today, as a Black man of the cloth, I am begging Pastors everywhere to see the handwriting on the wall. George Santayana once said and has been credited with this quote: “Those who cannot learn from [their] history are doomed to repeat it.”

Brothers, we really need to talk.

The Negro Project, Colored Ministers Past

In Abortion on September 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

The Negro Project, Colored Ministers Past

On May 5th, 1966 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award to honor the woman who founded America’s family planning movement. On June 13, 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court. According to Americans United for Life, “while many of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s legal endeavors deserve the praise and gratitude of the nation, his written opinions on abortion do not.” Justice Thurgood Marshall stated that “denial of a Medicaid-funded abortion is equivalent to denial of a legal abortion altogether.” Justice Marshall also acknowledged that “the state could restrict abortion, but thought parental notification laws did not pass even ‘rational basis’ scrutiny.”

The Negro Project, Colored Ministers Present

In January 1977, the Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote a 1,000+ word essay for the National Right to Life News. In one of his many statements on the sanctity of life, Jackson said: “as a matter of conscience I must oppose the use of federal funds for a policy of killing infants.” However, in 1988, in an effort to become the first Black President of the United States of America, Jackson flipped and said abortion is acceptable because “it is not right to impose private, religious and moral positions on public policy.” The strategy to recruit Black leaders is still working today. According to Catherine Davis, Director of Minority Outreach for Georgia Right to Life, there were 18,901 abortions performed on black women in Georgia in 2008, amounting to 60% of all abortions performed in the state. Nevertheless, earlier this year, Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP endorsed and then rescinded his endorsement of a Georgia bill that criminalizes abortion motivated by race. According to a NAACP press release, DuBose said they came to the realization that the bill amounted to “nothing more than using women’s health as a political tool.”

The Truth About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While Planned Parenthood continues to use Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project strategy to recruit Black leaders today, Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sets the record straight for her uncle. “Every year Planned Parenthood tries to imply that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would approve of what it does today because he received an award from the organization 44 years ago,” Sister King says: “Every year they lie. My Uncle stood for equal protection and non-violence, two concepts that Planned Parenthood violates every day by being the nation’s largest abortion business.” Dr. Alveda King tells me her uncle “did not attend the event where his award was presented. We don’t even know if he wrote the words of the acceptance speech that was read at the banquet. Alveda continues her conversation with me by saying: “Abortion on demand was unthinkable in 1966 and to assume her uncle’s receipt of that award constitutes his endorsement of the business of Planned Parenthood (i.e., taking human lives) is outrageous.” As I sit and think, I wonder, as men of God, if any of our loved ones (i.e., our wives, our children, the members of our congregation, etc.) would be able to speak boldly about our commitment to life.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

The Negro Project Needed Colored Ministers

In Abortion on September 6, 2010 at 12:42 am

The Negro Project Needed Colored Ministers

According to Margaret Sanger: “The most successful educational approach to the Negro … is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the Minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” In order to remedy this “dysgenic horror story,” the Negro Project aimed to hire three (3) or four (4) “Colored Ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities” to travel to various Black enclaves and propagandize for birth control. (Debra Braun, Exposed: Planned Parenthood, St. Paul, MN: Peace of Minnesota, 1986, pp. 332-333. and Linda Gordon, Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, New York: Penguin, 1974), p. 332)

The Negro Project Used Colored Ministers Effectively

Conceived by white birth control reformers, the Negro Project used Colored Ministers to help promote and protect the project goals. As such, the Negro Project was widely and strongly supported by Black leadership. Leaders of the Black American community who were involved in the project included Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Rosa Parks also served as a member of the Board of Advocates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Unfortunately, this strategy is still in effect today.

The Negro Project and The Absence of the Church

Some argue that the Negro Project was purely a racist endeavor. Some argue that the Negro Project was simply a product of patriarchal racism of the time that influenced many of the social policies in our government. Some say the Negro Project was based in economics and concern that taxpayers were carrying a heavy a burden supporting the Black underclass. However, according to the fundamental belief of the “Division of Negro Service,” a department created at the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA) initially to oversee the Negro Project, uncontrolled fertility presented the greatest burden to the poor, and Southern blacks were among the poorest Americans. No matter how you look at the Negro Project, the conspicuous absence of publicly proclaimed biblical truth is glaring. As a man of the cloth, I cannot help but wonder, where was the influence of the Church in our government? I’m not done with the Negro Project.

Brothers, we really need to talk.