Walter Hoye

Induced Abortion and Racial Disparity in Preterm Births

In Abortion on February 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Cerebal Palsy and Preterm Birth

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition where the brain does not properly control muscles and movement. According to Brent Rooney, M.Sc. Byron C. Calhoun, M.D., M.B.A. and Lisa E. Roche, J.D., extremely preterm birth (XPB) infants (i.e., infants delivered at less than 28.0 weeks gestation) have a 129 times higher risk of Cerebral Palsy when compared to full-term infants. So what causes such disparity? Induced Abortion (IA). Rooney, Calhoun and Roche found numerous studies have shown a statistically significant increase in risk of EBP or XPB in women with a history of induced abortion compared with women with no prior IA. About 43% of pregnancies in Black American women end in IA. [1]

Induced Abortion and Racial Disparity in Preterm Births

Between 1980 and 2005, the United States preterm birth (PTB) rate increased by 43% (from 8.9% to 12.7%). Black American women have triple the risk of early preterm birth (EPB), defined as delivery at less than 32.0 weeks gestation, and quadruple the risk of extremely preterm birth (XPB), defined as delivery at less than 28.0 weeks gestation, compared with non-black American women (1.39% in blacks vs. 0.35% in whites). Again, according to the Rooney, Calhoun and Roche study, published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Volume 13, Number 4 in the Winter of 2008, in 1987, Harvard researchers led by Ellice Lieberman reported that black women in the Boston area with more than one prior IA had 1.9 times the odds of a PTB compared to black women with no prior IA. In 2006 and 2007, the Institute of Medicine confirmed that “prior first trimester induced abortion” is an “immutable medical risk factor associated with preterm birth.” [2]

Abortion Violates the Nuremberg Code

The most common induced abortion method in the U.S. is vacuum aspiration (i.e., “Suction”). Vacuum aspiration abortions (VAA) have never been shown to be safe in animal studies. Use of a procedure that has not been shown to be safe is a violation of the Nuremberg Code of ethics on human research and experimentation. George J. Annas praises the Nuremberg Code when he writes: “The Nuremberg Code is the primary foundation of all ethical codes on human research and the most authoritative legal statement on human experimentation. This ten-point code was articulated in a 1947 court opinion following the trial of Nazi physicians for ‘war crimes and crimes against humanity’ committed during World War II, which included experiments designed to determine which poisons killed the fastest, how long people could live submerged in ice water or when exposed to high altitudes, and if surgically severed limbs could be reattached.” [3]

Abortion Violates God’s Law

From my perspective abortion violates more than the Nuremberg Code. Abortion violates God’s moral law, the inherent dignity of Women, the humanity of the child in her womb made in the image of God and threatens to cancel the future of society itself. As Under Shepherds of God’s flock, we have a divinely inspired duty to speak truth into the hearts of our congregants and the world around us. In his 1963 “Strength to Love” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” Given the silence in our pulpits regarding the utterly vile, vicious, villainous, violent and vexatious nature of abortion. Given the lateness in the day of our Lord, after all, more than 53 million lives have been lost to abortion since 1973. I fear the church has already lost her prophetic zeal and is now no more than an “irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

Brothers, we really need to talk.

1. “Does Induced Abortion Account for Racial Disparity in Preterm Births, and Violate the Nuremberg Code?”, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Volume 13, Number 4, Winter 2008 (
2. Ibid.
3. Annas, George J., “The Rights of Patients”, New York, N.Y.: New York University Press: 2004.


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