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Open Letter To The Republican Party

In Abortion, Personhood, Politics, Special Edition on June 17, 2013 at 7:42 am
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Open Letter To The Republican Party

The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Republican President Abraham Lincoln played the “Race Card” to win …

Henrietta and David Lacks In 1945

This classic commentary on the Emancipation Proclamation, “Abe Lincoln’s Last Card; or, Rouge et Noir” (Red and Black), created by Englishman John Tenniel for the London Punch (a British weekly magazine of humour and satire, Volume 43, October 18th, 1862, p. 168.), was inspired after the London Times stated that Lincoln had played his “last card” in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Notice that Lincoln is a bit pudgy around the waist, suggesting that he is out of shape and not fit to fight. Also notice Lincoln’s hair is in points, suggesting the horns of a devil. Apparently the London Punch viewed the Emancipation Proclamation as the gesture of a wily but weary and desperate gambler driven to engage his last resource. 1

Emancipation Proclamation

“In his heart of hearts he loathed and hated slavery …” — Frederick Douglass 2

Republican President Abraham Lincoln considered the Emancipation Proclamation to be the heart and soul of his legacy: “I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper. If my name ever goes into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it.” 3 — Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, January 1st, 1863

Abraham Lincoln presenting the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet on July 22, 1862Fearing the Emancipation Proclamation would be received as the desperate act of a Commander-In-Chief losing the war, Secretary of State William Seward asked the president to wait for a Union victory before issuing the order.4 Two (2) months later, when Union troops rejected Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Maryland at Antietam Creek on September 17th, 1862, Lincoln saw his opportunity.5 On September 22nd, 1862, President Lincoln issued his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation,6 giving the South one hundred (100) days to reverse their rebellion or face losing their slaves. On both sides of the Missouri Compromise Line, Lincoln’s order was condemned and cursed as a usurpation of property rights (i.e., the right to own and sell slaves) and a calculated effort to start race war.7 Nevertheless, when the South refused to relent, President Lincoln, kept his word and issued the final Emancipation Proclamation on Thursday, January 1st, 1863.8 With this unnumbered Executive Order,9 Abraham Lincoln on the Antietam BattlefieldPresident Lincoln took a definitive stand on the most contentious issue in American history and clearly redefined the Union’s goals and strategy. By playing the “Race Card” President Lincoln sounded the death knell for both slavery and the confederate resistance. Still the President wasn’t done. Please notice how skillfully Lincoln chose his words in the final version of the Emancipation Proclamation in an effort to affect only those states still in rebellion as of Thursday, January 1st, 1863 10 and at the same time shape the framing of the Civil War’s end game document (i.e., the 14th Amendment to United States Constitution).

Playing The Race Card In 1863

It Was Not About Racism. It Was About Winning!

“Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pockets, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States.” 11 — Frederick Douglass

The Impending Crisis of the SouthIn 1857, Hinton Rowan Helper (1829-1909), a rabid racist and the son of a western North Carolina farmer, published one of the most controversial books ever written about slavery. In his book entitled “The Impending Crisis of the South,” Helper argued that slavery was incompatible with economic progress. Using statistics drawn from the 1850 census, Helper maintained that the North was growing far faster than the South and that slavery was the cause of the South’s economic failure. Helper believed slavery doomed the South because it was inefficient, wasteful, degraded labor, inhibited urbanization, thwarted industrialization, and stifled progress.12 Not only did slavery choke commerce and malign manufacturing, it also impacted the South’s ability to fight the war. As the slave population increased, so did the demand for the human resources (i.e., fighting men), financial resources (i.e., gold) and natural resources (i.e., land) to manage the very real threat of an internal rebellion from a very hostile slave population. This is clearly seen in the decennial census tables below.13

1790 - 1860 U.S. Census Chart

Centerfold: The Battle of Antietam, Fought September 17th, 1862 - Burnside Holding the HillAs the slave population increased, so increased the inevitability of the North’s victory and Lincoln knew it. President Lincoln had finally come around to understand what Frederick Douglass was advising and knew all along (i.e., that Black slaves had a deeper interest in the defeat and humiliation of the rebels than all others.).14 So in an effort to win the war, seize the moral high ground and slow down the momentum the property rights advocates in the North were building up for the South, Lincoln played the Race Card, executively ordered the Emancipation Proclamation, enlisted, equipped, empowered and earnestly encouraged former slaves to fight for the North and in little more than two (2) years won the war.

Open Letter To The Republican Party

I’m Hearing The GOP Is Dead In Black America

The Effects Of The Proclamation—Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines At Newbern, North Carolina“By abandoning their owners, coming uninvited into Union lines, and offering their assistance as laborers, pioneers, guides, and spies, slaves forced federal soldiers at the lowest level to recognize their importance to the Union’s success. That understanding traveled quickly up the chain of command. In time, it became evident even to the most obtuse federal commanders that every slave who crossed into Union lines was a double gain: one subtracted from the Confederacy and one added to the Union. The slaves’ resolute determination to secure their liberty converted many White Americans to the view that the security of the Union depended upon the destruction of slavery.” 15 — Ira Berlin

It’s The Fortieth (40) Year Since Roe And Doe

In The 150th Year Since The Emancipation Proclamation

“The Emancipation Proclamation, one of the most important documents in the nation’s history, led to the greatest freeing of people in history until the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe in World War II.” 16 — Rick Moriarty

Cartoon of the Emancipation ProclamationIt’s clear, the Emancipation Proclamation redefined the war, altered end-game goals, immediately freed thousands of slaves in Union held territories of the South and offered freedom to all slaves as the Union Army pushed deeper into the South towards the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia.17 It’s clear the Emancipation Proclamation shrewdly stayed the hand of foreign powers such as Britain and France who were considering supporting the South, but reconsidered because of the North’s victory at Antietam, as many in Europe were against slavery and many more were reluctant to intervene on the side of a lost cause.18 It’s clear that the Emancipation Proclamation set the stage for improved race relations in the nation (i.e., the passage of the Thirteenth (13th) Amendment to the United States Constitution that formally abolished slavery),19 Reconstruction in the South 20 and laid a sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16) for the Fourteenth (14th) Amendment to the United States Constitution that passionately, purposefully and resolutely established PERSONHOOD.21 It’s clear that maintaining an increasing slave population, managing desertions, defeats and casualties, and mooring morale while fighting a foe whose numbers were increasing from the inrush of former Black slaves was more than an impending crisis for the South. It’s clear that President Lincoln’s cabinet of advisors did not initially support the Emancipation Proclamation.22 It’s clear that emancipating the slaves was not unanimously supported in the North as the Honorable William Allen, the Democratic Representative from Ohio vehemently Cartoon of the Emancipation Proclamationargued against a bill calling for the use of Negro soldiers in his speech to the House of Representatives on Monday, February 2nd, 1863.23 Congressman Allen argued that such legislation would “destroy the relation of MASTER and SLAVE in the slaveholding States” 24 and that Lincoln’s Republican Party “has presented for the admiration of the American people the Negro in nearly every attitude which it was thought might win popular favor, and the last act in the great ‘drama’ is the Negro playing soldier.” 25 It’s clear that even in the North, racism was alive and well. Yes, it’s clear that the Emancipation Proclamation was the “signature moment” of President Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party’s legacy. Come Join Us Brothers. Recruiting Black Soldiers After EmancipationHowever, it’s also very clear that as of Sunday, January 1st, 2013, we’ve entered both the forieth (40) year of legalized abortion and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and thus far the Republican Party has done NOTHING to celebrate or draw attention to its illustrious history. I wonder why? With more than fifty-five (55) million lives lost to legalize abortion thus far.26 With the ratio of United States abortions to battle deaths in all United States wars being eighty-four (84) to one (1) in favor of abortions.27 With over fifty-six (56) trillion dollars of total United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) lost to abortion since 1967.28 With an estimated four hundred (400) trillion dollars of United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) lost by the year 2040 if abortion continues.29 With seventy-one percent (71%) of the Hispanic vote, seventy-three percent (73%) of the Unidentified Black Enlisted USCT SoldierAsian vote and ninety-three percent (93%) of the Black vote going to Democratic President Barack Hussein Obama II.30 With College Republicans abandoning their Party’s platform planks on abortion,31,32 contraception (i.e., abortifacients),33 same-sex marriage34 and on record applauding Planned Parenthood’s rebranding and public relations offensive against life at conception as “especially effective with young people, leading many of those who self-identify as Pro-Life to support the abortion giant.35 With a recent survey finding nearly half of those college-aged being completely unaware that Planned Parenthood (the largest abortion provider in the entire world) performs abortions.36 I cannot help but wonder why the Republican Party has not learned from the 1st Republican President of the United States 37 and realized that playing the Race Card by enlisting, equipping, empowering and earnestly encouraging Black Americans to fight for the eternal and transcendent values of Life and Liberty in its platform is the empirical road to victory. Hmmmmm … now that I think of it, there have been seventeen (17) Republican Presidents of the United States since Abraham Lincoln. Hmmmmm … perhaps, it’s really just a small wonder why the The Republican Party hasn’t celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation thus far after all. 38,39 Hmmmmm … maybe, if I’m honest with myself, I really don’t have to wonder why. Maybe I know why. Maybe we all do.

Brothers, we need to talk.


01. Rufus Rockwell Wilson, Lincoln in Caricature, “ABE LINCOLN’S LAST CARD; OR, ROUGE-ET-NOIR” October 18, 186, History Gallery (
02. Frederick Douglass, “Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings”, Philip S. Foner, Yuval Taylor, Chicago Review Press, April 1st, 2000, p. 621 (
03. Abraham Lincoln, “The Emancipation Proclamation”, by Daniel J. Vermilya, Antietam National Battlefield (
04. Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, “Emancipation Proclamation Draft” (
05. Antietam Creek, Wikipedia (
06. American Originals, “Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, 1862” (
07. Seth Kaller, “An Evolving Stance on Emancipation” (
08. Emancipation Proclamation, Wikipedia (
09. List Of United States Federal Executive Orders, Wikipedia (
10. American History, “Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863”, University of Groningen – Humanities Computing (
11. Civil War Defenses of Washing | District of Columbia, “The United States Colored Troops and the Defenses of Washington”, National Park Service (
12. Hinton Rowan Helper, “The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It”, Electronic Edition, 1829-1909, Documenting the American South, Copyright 2004 by the University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, all rights reserved. (
13. John Joseph Lalor, SLAVERY, Cyclopaedia of Political Science, Political Economy, and of the Political History of the United States, vol. 3 Oath – Zollverein [1881], Online Library of Liberty, A project of Liberty Fund, Inc. (
14. Frederick Douglass, “Selected Addresses of Frederick Douglass: An African American Heritage Book”, p. 55. (
15. Seth Kaller, “The Myth of Non-Emancipation” ( via Ira Berlin, American historian, a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland (
16. Rick Moriarty, “Historic Lincoln document that changed America coming to Syracuse” (
17. Ibid., Seth Kaller, “The Myth of Non-Emancipation”
18. Civil War Trust, “10 Facts About The Emancipation Proclamation” (
19. Mark Whittington, “The Emancipation Proclamation Turns 150 Years Old” (
20. Reconstruction Era, Wikipedia (
21. The Human Life Review, “Human at Conception: The 14th Amendment & the Acquisition of Personhood” 2007 Summer (
22. Ibid., Civil War Trust
23. Library of Congress, “Historical Analysis and Interpretation: William Allen’s Speech” (
24. Ibid., Library of Congress
25. Ibid., Library of Congress
26. Dennis M. Howard, “The Abortion Index”, The Movement for a Better America, Inc. (
27. Ibid., Dennis M. Howard
28. Ibid., Dennis M. Howard
29. Ibid., Dennis M. Howard
30. Daniel Greenfield, “One Graph That Shows Which Party Really Looks Like America”, November 13th, 2012 (
31. Kirsten Andersen, “College Republicans to GOP: Back off Planned Parenthood, Contraception, Same-Sex ‘Marriage'”, LifeSiteNews.Com (
32. 2012 Republican Party Platform, “The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life“, Republican National Committee (
33. 2012 Republican Party Platform, “Supporting Federal Healthcare Research and Development“, Republican National Committee (
34. 2012 Republican Party Platform, “Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage“, Republican National Committee (
35. Kirsten Andersen, “College Republicans to GOP: Back off Planned Parenthood, Contraception, Same-Sex ‘Marriage'”, LifeSiteNews.Com (
36. Kristan Hawkins, “SFLA Releases Poll Results on Young People, Abortion, and the 2012 Election”, Students for Life of America (SFLA), June 22nd, 2012 (
37. Who’s Who Republican Presidents, “Republican Presidents of the United States” (
38. Associated Press (AP), “Bible Backed Slavery, Says A Lawmaker“, The New York Times, May 10th, 1996 (
39. Associated Press (AP), “Slavery Slip Costs State Senator” The Victoria Advocate, May 13th, 1996 (

Open Letter To Black America: The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks

In Abortion, Personhood, Special Edition on June 10, 2013 at 12:01 am
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Open Letter To Black America

The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks

For the first time in history, human cells are replicated, outside the body …

Henrietta and David Lacks In 1945

Henrietta Lacks’ cells (i.e., “HeLa” cells) were essential in developing the polio vaccine
and were used in scientific landmarks such as cloning, gene mapping and in vitro fertilization. 1

Henrietta Lacks

[ George Otto ] “Gey [ pronounced Guy ] took any cells he could get his hands on — he called himself ‘the world’s most famous vulture, feeding on human specimens almost constantly.'” 2 — Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta and David Lacks In 1945Henrietta Lacks (Monday, August 1st, 1920–Thursday, October 4th, 1951) was a poor Black American tobacco farmer and mother of five children, from southern Virginia who contracted cervical cancer at the age of thirty (30) and died from the same cancer at the age of thirty-one (31).3 In 1950 the great-granddaughter of slaves walked into the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland complaining of abnormal bleeding.4 Soon Henrietta Lacks was being treated for cervical cancer at Hopkins. While under anesthesia, Dr. Lawrence Wharton, Jr. (the “Hopkins Surgeon On Duty” that morning), without her knowing and entirely unrelated to her treatment, took a piece of her cancerous tumor and literally sent it down the hall to fellow scientists who (without success) were trying to grow human cells in culture.5 For years, scientist had been trying to keep human cells alive in the laboratory to no avail,6 but all of those years of utter futility were about to come to an end. The House Henrietta Lacks Was Raised InThe missing element and the most critical tool in testing was here at last. No one knows why, but Henrietta’s cells would not die.7 In the Tissue Culture Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, laboratory scientist George Otto Gey (again pronounced Guy) cultured and created an immortal cell line for medical research.8 Today, this is very well known as the HeLa cell line. Henrietta’s cells were essential in developing the Polio Vaccine Henrietta Lacks Death Certificateand used without exception in far-reaching, ground breaking and cutting edge scientific landmark research such as Molecular Cloning (i.e., the replication of recombinant DNA molecules within host organisms), Genome Mapping (i.e., the creation of a genetic map assigning DNA fragments to chromosomes) and In Vitro Fertilization (i.e., IVF or the process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body in a laboratory).9 For the next sixty (60) years, HeLa cells were both inexhaustible and indispensable to advances in medical science.10

The Demand For HeLa Cells

“I’ve tried to imagine how she’d [ Henrietta Lacks ] feel knowing that her cells went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to human cells in zero gravity, or that they helped with some of the most important advances in medicine; the Polio vaccine, Chemotherapy, Cloning, Gene Mapping, In Vitro Fertilization.”11 — Rebecca Skloot

Main Street In Clover, VirginiaThe demand for the HeLa cells was unprecedented. Once Henrietta’s cells were put into mass production, HeLa cells have been mailed to scientists around the world for “research into cancer, HIV-AIDS, the effects of radiation and toxic substances and incalculable other scientific pursuits”.12 Scientists have grown some twenty (20) tons13 of Henrietta’s cells and there are virtually eleven thousand (11,000) patents involving HeLa cells.14 According to Sarah Zielinski HeLa of the, “HeLa cells were the first human biological materials ever bought and sold, which helped launch a multi-billion dollar industry.”15 According to Jab Abumrad, host and creator of the award winning radio show Radiolab, “the cells from this one tumor [i.e., Henrietta Lacks’ cancerous tumor] would spawn a multi-billion dollar industry and become a foundation of modern science leading Margaret Gey, Wife Of George Otto Gey Inside Gey Lab At Johns Hopkins Hospitalto breakthroughs in Gene Mapping, Cloning and Fertility and helping to discover how viruses work and how cancer develops (among a million other things).”16 According to Michael A. Rogers, author, futurist and columnist for, “the growth of HeLa by a researcher at the hospital helped answer the demands of the 10,000 who marched for a cure to Polio shortly before Lacks’ death.”17 According to award-winning writer, journalist and teacher Rebecca Skloot, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks“, Henrietta’s cells “were the first cells ever commercialized. HeLa cells are still the most widely used cells in the world. You cannot overestimate how important HeLa cells have been.”18

Henrietta’s Family Lacks

“Everybody always saying Henrietta Lacks donated those cells. She didn’t donate nothing. They took them and didn’t ask. What really would upset Henrietta is the fact that Dr. Gey [ George Otto Gey ] never told the family anything — we didn’t know nothing about those cells and he didn’t care. That just rubbed us the wrong way. I just kept asking everybody, ‘Why didn’t they say anything to the family?’ They knew how to contact us! If Dr. Gey wasn’t dead, I think I would have killed him myself.”19 — Bobbette Lacks

“I almost feel raped, like the family feels raped … they did it, nobody told it.”20 — Bobbette Lacks

David and Bobbette LacksDavid “Day” and Henrietta Lacks had five (5) children, Lawrence Lacks. Elsie Lacks, David “Sonny” Lacks, Jr., Deborah (Lacks) Pullum and Zakariyya Bari Abdul Rahman (born Joseph Lacks).21 Understanding that David and Henrietta’s family lived in abject poverty most of their married lives.22 Understanding that Zakariyya, one of her sons, was homeless and living on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland.23 Understanding that Henrietta’s middle child Sonny, David and Bobbette Lackswas one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) in debt after bypass surgery.24 Consider this: The family whose wife and mother’s cells changed medical history forever, literally giving birth to a multi-billion dollar industry, cannot afford medical insurance. Okay, let’s really get the picture. No medical coverage. No money. No help. No answers. No recognition and in Zakariyya’s case, No place to stay. However The Lacks Family In 2009and perhaps the most difficult cross to bear was the fact that their mother (until 2010), was buried in an unmarked grave.25 Although the family believes Henrietta was buried within a few feet of her mother’s gravesite in “Lackstown” (a rural part of Clover in Halifax County, Virginia), her exact burial location is still not known. Perhaps, at this point, the Lacks family will never know.26

Henrietta’s Story

It’s Not About Racism, Bioethics Or Money

“On Monday, February 5th, 1951, after Jones got Henrietta’s biopsy report back from the lab, he called and told her it was malignant. Henrietta didn’t tell anyone what [ Howard W. Jones, Jr., M.D. ] said, and no one asked. She simply went on with her day as if nothing had happened, which was just like her — no sense upsetting anyone over something she could deal with herself.”27 — Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks SmilingYES! The HeLa cells line proved to be the holy grail of mid-century biology, providing scientists “a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation” (Isaiah 28:16, KJV) for countless medical breakthroughs. YES! The Henrietta Lacks story raises very important issues surrounding science, bioethics, race relations, economic class, poverty and even personhood. YES! The Johns Hopkins Hospital claims they never sold HeLa cells, but clearly the same cannot be said for a multitudinous number of medical supply companies. YES! HeLa cells or products made from HeLa cells sold anywhere from $200 to $10,000 a vile 28 and YES! even today, HeLa cells are still the most widely used cells in the world. YES! The Henrietta Lacks story shines a bright light on the very dark truth that her family could not afford health care insurance to treat the diseases their mother’s cells were used to cure. Moreover, let’s be very clear. The Henrietta Lacks story IS NOT ABOUT human tissue culturing being bad. The truth is without HeLa cells life saving advances such as HIV|AIDS testing, basic drugs and all vaccines would not exist. Henrietta Lacks Grave MarkerThe Henrietta Lacks story IS NOT ABOUT racism and|or racist White American scientists abusing a poor Black American woman. The truth is Johns Hopkins was born on a tobacco plantation in Anne Arundel County Maryland where his father later freed his slaves in 1807, nearly sixty (60) years before the Emancipation Proclamation ordered by Republican President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday, January 1st, 1863.29 The truth is Hopkins was an abolitionist, philanthropist and entrepreneur who made his enormous wealth as a banker and grocer selling his own brand of homemade whiskey.30 The truth is Johns Hopkins never married, never fathered children and just before his death, generously donated seven (7) million 1873 dollars ($7,000,000.00) to start a school of medicine to help those who could not pay for their medical care.31 The Henrietta Lacks story IS NOT ABOUT HeLa cells being immortal and scientists being good. The truth is that HeLa cells are not immortal,32 scientists are fallen and fragile human beings and sometimes even with the very best of intentions, things can and do go wrong. Be that as it may and notwithstanding any of the above, what the Henrietta Lacks story IS ABOUT inspires and impels. The Henrietta Lacks story IS ABOUT a beautiful Black American woman who loved her husband, served her family, met crippling cancer with calm and composure and conquered the cold, cruel and callous circumstances of her day with courage. In the end and in the light of my faith in Christ, the Henrietta Lacks story IS ABOUT the eternal efficacy of truth, in a sinful world. Because after all is said and done, the Henrietta Lacks story is a resurrected record, that once was lost, but now is found.

Open Letter To Black America

Quote From Alveda King In The Maafa21 DVD“We need to remember, that over sixty (60) years ago, a man that could today be called the father of modern day eugenics, proposed that population control clinics be concentrated in minority neighborhoods. And now today, the vast majority of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in our neighborhoods. Are we really so naive to believe that this is all a coincidence? We all know that drugs, alcohol and tobacco are devastating, especially in the Black community. We know that the BIG CORPORATIONS target us with the ads and marketing campaigns. And yet, we don’t notice that PLANNED PARENTHOOD is doing the very same thing? We need to pay attention to the fact, that in the 1960s, when we as African-Americans began to demand our civil rights, for the first time in American history, there began a wide spread cry in our government for legalized abortion. Was that coincidence too? Or could it be, that when we said we would no longer sit on the back of the bus, a place was being reserved for us down at the abortion clinic?” 33 — Alveda King, Niece of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

Henrietta’s Story Is Clear

So What’s Wrong With Us Today?

Walter Hoye At the May 14th, 2013 Press ConferenceWhat the Henrietta Lacks story makes so very, very clear is that in the 1950s Black Americans were being used without our knowledge to create life and make money for others. However, by 1966 Mississippi added an exception for rape using the American Law Institute (ALI) model penal code.34 By 1967 abortion on demand became legal in Mississippi, Colorado, North Carolina and California based on exception arguments (i.e., permanent mental or physical disability of either the child or mother, rape, incest and the life of the mother).35 By 1973, just six (6) years later, thirteen states had passed laws based on the American Law Institute abortion model and finally the United States Supreme Court (USSC) would declare abortion on demand during all nine (9) months of pregnancy to be a federally protected constitutional right of women.36 By 2008 sixty-seven (67) percent of Black American pregnancies would be unintended.37 By 2011 Planned Parenthood (the leading abortion on demand provider in the world today), would receive over half a billion dollars in government grants and reimbursements from tax-payers.38 By 2012 abortion on demand would take more Black American lives in four (4) days than the Ku Klux Klan could lynch in eighty-six (86) years.39 What’s more today, Black American women who account for thirty (30) to thirty-five (35) percent of all abortions in the United States of America would suffer three times (3x) the risk of an early preterm birth (EPB) and four times (4x) the risk of an extreme preterm birth (XPB) as non-Black American women.40,41,42 YES! While Henrietta Lacks story makes it clear that in the 1950s Black Americans were being used to create life, sustain life, heal and advance life, Henrietta’s story also makes it easy to see that Black Americans are being used with their knowledge today by BIG ABORTION (funded by BIG GOVERNMENT), to end our own lives and still make money for others. BLACK AMERICA, are we really so blind that we can’t see the handwriting on the American Eugenics Society’s 43 wall? Are we really so blind that we can’t see today what our foreparents 44,45 could clearly see yesterday? I gotta ask, what’s wrong with us?

Brothers, we need to talk.


01. Ron Claiborne and Sidney Wright IV, “How One Woman’s Cells Changed Medicine” ABCNews (
02. Rebecca Skloot, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, p.30. (
03. Henrietta Lacks, Wikipedia (
04. Rebecca Skloot, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, p.27. (
05. Ibid., p.33. (
06. Jim Axelrod, “The Immortal Henrietta Lacks”, CBSNews (
07. Ron Claiborne, “Legacy of Life”, YouTube: “Henrietta Lacks Family” ABCNews (
08. Lucey B.P., Nelson-Rees W.A. and Hutchins G.M., “Henrietta Lacks, HeLa Cells, And Cell Culture Contamination.” (
09. Sarah Zielinski, “Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal’ Cells”, (
10. Ewen Callaway, “Most Popular Human Cell in Science Gets Sequenced”, Center for Genetics and Society (
11. Rebecca Skloot, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, p.2. (
12. Merdis Hayes and Matthew Mcwhorther, “Medical Apartheid: Bad Medicine”, August 19th, 2010, (
13. Henrietta Lacks, Wikipedia (
14. Liz Hunt, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: a bittersweet legacy”, The Telegraph (
15. Sarah Zielinski, “Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal’ Cells”, (
16. Rebecca Skloot, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [Paperback]” (
17. Henrietta Lacks, Wikipedia (
18. Jim Axelrod, YouTube: “Henrietta Lacks Galerie Myrtis CBS Sunday Morning” (
19. Rebecca Skloot, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, p.169. (
20. Jim Axelrod, YouTube: “Henrietta Lacks Galerie Myrtis CBS Sunday Morning”, (
21. Henrietta Lacks, Wikipedia (
22. Ibid., Wikipedia (
23. Rebecca Skloot, “Skloot Chapter Summaries, Part III – Immortality”, Class-y Writing (
24. Jim Axelrod, YouTube: “Henrietta Lacks Galerie Myrtis CBS Sunday Morning” (
25. Denise M. Watson, “After 60 Years Of Anonymity, Henrietta Lacks Has A Headstone”, (
26. Henrietta Lacks, Wikipedia (
27. Rebecca Skloot, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, p.31. (
28. Jim Axelrod, YouTube: “Henrietta Lacks Galerie Myrtis CBS Sunday Morning” (
29. John Hopkins, Wikipedia (
30. Idid.
31. Ibid.
32. Dianne N. Irving, Ph.D., “Re: Code name HeLa” Message to the Walter Hoye. September 17, 2012 1:18:12 P.M. (PDT), Quote: “First, when the term “immortal” is used, it is not meant literally. And over time the cells — any cells — in culture media change characteristics, even have genetic mutations and known to turn malignant if passed in culture too many times and for too long a time. So if you were to take the HeLa cells used today and compare them with the first few batches of HeLa cells — or with those still part of Henrietta Lacks at the time — there would be tremendous differences.” Dr. Irving also writes for (
33. Alveda King, “Alveda King (Maafa21)” (
34. National Right to Life Committee, “Abortion History Timeline” (
35. Ibid.
36. Ibid.
37. Guttmacher Institute, “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States” (
38. Caroline May, “$542.4 million in government grants and reimbursements from 2011 to 2012” (
39. The Tuskegee Institute, “Lynchings: By State and Race, 1882-1968” ( and Lynching, Wikipedia (
40. Guttmacher Institute, “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States” (
41. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “2009 Abortion Surveillance” ( Please note that the CDC report is based on abortion data for 2000-2009 and excludes data from California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire.
42. Guttmacher Institute, Note: “17.7% of all abortions are performed in California, that’s more than any other state in the United States of America” (
43. American Eugenics Society, Wikipedia (
44. SaySumthn’s Blog, “R.I.P. Samuel Yette , Black Journalist Fired From Newsweek After Authoring A Book Exposing Eugenic Plans To Limit The Black Population” (
45. Samuel F. Yette, “Obituary: Samuel F. Yette, Influential Newsman, First Black Washington Correspondent For Newsweek Magazine” (

Memorial Day Issue: “Martyrs of the Race Course”

In Abortion, Personhood, Special Edition on June 3, 2013 at 12:01 am
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Memorial Day Issue

“Martyrs of the Race Course”

On May 2nd, 1865 The Charleston Daily Courier Published This Report …

This was the first Memorial Day [Monday, May 1st, 1865]. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is Black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.” 1 —  David W. Blight [See Notes]

Charleston Daily News

In April 1865, when the outcome of the War between the States was crossing over from fate to fact, Union troops entered the city of Charleston, South Carolina, where four (4) years before the war had begun. While the White residents sympathetic to the antebellum lifestyle of the South had abandoned the city of Charleston, the Black residents of Charleston remained to honor, celebrate and welcome the troops from the North, which by the way included the 21st United States Colored Infantry Regiment that arrived first and accepted the surrender of the city of Charleston.2 As time would later tell, the celebration of newly former slaves on Monday, May 1st, 1865, the first “Decoration Day,” would later become our Memorial Day.

Remembering The Sacrifice

“Our Presidents, Governors, Generals and Secretaries are calling, with almost frantic vehemence, for men. “MEN! MEN! SEND US MEN!” they scream, or the cause of the Union is gone … and yet these very officers, representing the people and the Government, steadily, and persistently refuse to receive the very class of men which have a deeper interest in the defeat and humiliation of the rebels than all others.” 3 — Frederick Douglass

William H. CarneyOn May 22nd, 1863, the United States War Department issued General Order Number 143 which established a “Bureau of Colored Troops” to recruit Black American Civil War soldiers to fight for the Union Army. Black American Civil War soldiers fought in the infantry, cavalry, light and heavy artillery units and served as engineers for the Union Army.4 Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood5 and Sergeant William Harvey Carney 6 were both Medal of Honor [See Notes] recipients. Sergeant Carney served with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. On Saturday, July 18th, 1863, Sergeant Carney fought in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina, where one (1) year, nine (9) months and fourteen (14) days later the first Memorial Day celebration would take place.7 Despite being wounded several times, Sergeant Carney fought his way across the Confederate line and made his way back to the Union line in a one-man, life or death campaign to recover and return the unit’s United States Flag.8

William H. Carney Wearing Medal Of HonorRank and Organization: [Click Here]
“William Harvey Carney, Sergeant, Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Wagner, [ Charleston, South Carolina ], July 18, 1863. Entered service at: New Bedford, Mass. Birth: Norfolk, Va. Date of issue: May 23, 1900.” 9

Medal Of Honor Citation: [Click Here]
“When the color[ed] sergeant was shot down, this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded.” 10

After returning the flag to another survivor of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry, Sergeant Carney said: “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!” 11

A Critical Reflection

“The concept that the population must ‘remember the sacrifice‘ of U.S. service members, without a critical reflection on the wars themselves, did not emerge by accident. It came about in the Jim Crow period as the Northern and Southern ruling classes sought to reunite the country around a political mourning, which required erasing the ‘divisive‘ issues of slavery and Black citizenship. These issues had been at the heart of the struggles of the Civil War and Reconstruction.” 12 — Ben Becker

ImplicationsOn the calendar we understand Memorial Day to be a federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May where we remember the men and women who gave their lives in military service to our country with picnics, road races, commencements, and baseball double-headers. What many do not know is that Memorial Day is the former Decoration Day. The first Decoration Day13 was originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War by former Charleston, South Carolina slaves. In an effort to honor and remember the sacrifices of colored Civil War soldiers, ImplicationsBlack Americans conducted a series of commemorations to publicly share what the end of the Civil War meant to communities of color. However, if little is known about the origin of Memorial Day then even less is known about the origin of Decoration Day and its impact on American politics today. With the reality of freedmen and freedwomen boldly refusing to forget where they came from in the public square, it became expedient for the Northern and Southern power brokers to dropdivisivesocial issues such as Radical Reconstruction, Black American citizenship and consequently their constitutional equality (i.e., legally protected “personhood”) enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment [See Notes] in order to restore both financially and politically profitable relationships.14 By Monday, March 5th, 1877 the “Compromise of 1877” or as Black Americans call it “The Great Betrayal!15,16 was a reality and the White and wealthy supremacists had found a way to erase the past and in the process a principal piece of Black History perished.17

Celebrating Memorial Day

What Does It Really Mean Today?

“While historians have gone a long way to expose the white supremacist history of the Civil War and uncover its revolutionary content, the spirit of the first Decoration Day — the struggle for Black liberation and the fight against racism — has unfortunately been whitewashed from the modern Memorial Day” [celebrations].18 — Ben Becker

The Civil War and America's First Memorial Day

Decoration Day!Celebrating Memorial Day, in its original spirit, means addressingdivisivesocial issues not dropping them. It means remembering those who died fighting for freedom and equality among the most vulnerable in the past, by rededicating ourselves to do the same for the most vulnerable among us in the present. It means realizing the term person in the Fourteenth Amendment affords everyone (from the moment of their biological beginning as a human being created in the image of God, to the senior citizen facing end of life decisions, to the disabled war veteran), constitutional equality where all are protected by love and by law as citizens of the United States of America. It means reviving in the public square the old landmarks of faith, family and freedom that both anchored and animated the first Decoration Day since the 1860s. It means honoring those who fought for truth and justice in their day by exposing error and injustice in our day. It means reclaiming biblically defined righteousness in the midst of enemy territory like the former Charleston slaves did by memorializing Union soldiers in the midst of the very cradle of the Southern Confederacy. It means revisiting the painful power of our past to release, reset and recalibrate our moored, maligned and muzzled moral compasses in the present. It means retaking what the enemy has stolen by refusing to surrender to polls, politics and past performance in order to pursue principles. It means we recommit ourselves to the truths we hold to “be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”19 It means recognizing the reality of humanity’s fallen spiritual condition and regarding the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as mankind’s only hope for redemption. It means running the same race the “Martyrs of the Race Course” ran by fighting the good fight and finishing the course set before us by faith.20

Brothers, we need to talk.


· David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University and Director of the Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. Blight was the Class of 1959 Professor of History at Amherst College, where he taught for 13 years. He has won major historical awards, including the Bancroft Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize. 

· The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. On Wednesday, May 23rd, 1900, Sergeant William Harvey Carney would be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. As a soldier in the United States Colored Troops, Carney was the first Black American to perform an action (1863) for which a Medal of Honor was awarded. See “List of African-American Medal of Honor Recipients“, Wikipedia ( 

· On Thursday, July 9th, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) of the United States Constitution (one of the Reconstruction Amendments) was adopted. Section 1 states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” When interpreting the the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and consequently the constitution itself, the key word here is person(s). See “Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution”, Wikipedia (


01. David W. Blight, Lecture: “To Appomattox and Beyond,” (
02. David W. Blight, Video: “The First Decoration Day” || By: David W. Blight, Yale University (
03. Frederick Douglass, Douglass Monthly V (August 1863) p. 852 (
04. “Military history of African Americans in the American Civil War“, Wikipedia ( and “United States Colored Troops“, Wikipedia (
05. “Christian Fleetwood“, Wikipedia (
06. “William Harvey Carney“, Medal of Honor Recipients, Civil War, U.S. Army Center of Military (
07. “Second Battle of Fort Wagner“, Wikipedia (
08. “William Harvey Carney“, Wikipedia (
09. Ibid.
10. Ibid.
11. “Boys the Old Flag Never Touched the Ground“, Wikipedia (
12. Ben Becker, “The revolutionary origins of Memorial Day and its political hijacking: A day celebrating Black liberation utilized for white supremacy”, Editor for the Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (
13. David W. Blight, “The First Decoration Day” ( and Video: “The First Decoration Day” || By: David W. Blight, Yale University (
14. David W. Blight, “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory” ( Quote: “With time, in the North, the war’s two great results — Black freedom and the preservation of the Union — were rarely accorded equal space. In the South, a uniquely Confederate version of the war’s meaning, rooted in resistance to Reconstruction, coalesced around Memorial Day practice.” (“Race and Reunion,” p. 65).
15. “American President: Key Events in the Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes” (
16. Walter B. Hoye II, “The Compromise of 1877: The Republican Party Preferred Power!” (
17. op.cit., Ben Becker (
18. Ibid.
19. “United States Declaration of Independence“, Wikipedia (
20. 2nd Timothy 4:7, King James Bible “Authorized Version”, Cambridge Edition (

Personhood: It’s Science With Boundaries

In Abortion, Personhood on January 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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Personhood: It’s Science Fiction

"I am the best there is at what I do … but what I do best is not very nice." — Marvel Comic’s catchphrase for Wolverine debuted September 1982.

Marvel Comics X-Men WolverineScience Fiction deals with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction. Science Fiction is largely based on alternative possible worlds or futures. It is similar to, but differs significantly from fantasy in as much as the imaginary elements of the story are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature. As a child running in the streets of Detroit, Michigan, my favorite Science Fiction was Marvel Comics’ X-Men1 The X-Men are a futuristic superhero team created by writer Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby that first appeared in September 1963 when I was seven (7) years old. Marvel Comics X-Men WolverineThe X-Men possessed the “X-Gene” (a gene normal humans lacked) that gave them their extraordinary mutant abilities. Over the years Wolverine became my favorite X-Man. Wolverine was literally part wolverine and part human. Wolverine possessed animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or poison at an accelerated rate. The healing factor also slowed down his aging process and enabled him to live beyond a normal human lifespan. Today, Wolverine has a near-indestructible metal alloy adamantium endoskeleton and claws. As a boy, Wolverine was my “super soldier.”

Personhood: It’s Not Science Fiction Anymore

"The term ‘creation’ is not just fanciful rhetoric: some of the research now underway involves actually altering the genetic code of soldiers, modifying bits of DNA to fashion a new type of human specimen, one that functions like a machine, killing tirelessly for days and nights on end. These mutations will ‘revolutionize the contemporary order of battle’ and guarantee ‘operational dominance across the whole range of potential United States military employments,’ the DARPA wizards enthuse." — Hunter Gatheress, Paranoia Publishing ·

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense and is responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. 2 According to Wired magazine’s Katie Drummond, “DARPA is looking to re-write the laws of evolution to the military’s advantage, creating “synthetic organisms” that can live forever — or can be killed with the flick of a molecular switch.” 3 According to DARPA’s 2011 budget, 4 the Pentagon is investing $6 Million into a project called BioDesign5 with the objective of eliminating “the randomness of natural evolutionary advancement.” 6 “The plan would assemble the latest bio-tech knowledge to come up with living, breathing creatures that are genetically engineered to “produce the intended biological effect.” 7DARPA wants the organisms to be fortified with molecules that bolster cell resistance to death, so that the lab-monsters can ‘ultimately be programmed to live indefinitely.'” 8 Of course DARPA is taking every precaution to create a “synthetic organism ‘self-destruct’ option (i.e., a ‘molecular kill-switch‘) to be implemented upon nefarious removal of organism.” 9 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) HeaderquartersAccording to Thomson Reuters’ Kate Kelland, in November of 2009 “Britain’s Academy of Medical Sciences launched a study Tuesday to look at the use of animals containing human material in scientific research.” 10 Martin Bobrow, a professor of medical genetics at Cambridge University says: “There is a whole raft of new scientific techniques that will make it not only easier but also more important to be able to do these cross-species experiments.” 11 In the same article, Kelland goes on to report “a row erupted in Britain over new laws allowing the creation of human-animal embryos for experimentation.” 12

"In a nutshell, the argument is that even though creating PostHumans may be a very dangerous social experiment, it is even more dangerous not to attempt it." — Assistant Professor Mark Walker, New Mexico State University, TransHumanism, Destroying The Barriers. ·

The worldwide race for technological military superiority is on. As we can plainly see now … Wolverine … my childhood “super soldier,” 13,14 is not Science Fiction anymore.

Personhood: It’s Science With Boundaries

"All of the boundaries are up for grabs. All of the boundaries that have defined us as human beings, boundaries between a human being and an animal and between a human being and a super human being or a god." — Professor Leon R. Kass, former Chairman, President’s Council on Bioethics, TransHumanism, Destroying The Barriers. ·

TransHumanism. A New Form Of Human Life.Science without boundaries is madness. Just because we can do something does not mean we should. So to ensure we are always talking about “human beings” and not about cross-species experiments, human-animal embryos, living, breathing super soldiers, animals or those of us that can physically demonstrate “rational attributes” and “sentience” on demand, I inserted the word “only” in the 2012 version of the language for the California Human Rights Amendment. Personhood is not simply a Pro-Life tactic to establish legal rights for the child in the womb or a “no-holds-barred” uphill charge to the front door of the United States Supreme Court in an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade … No! … It’s about man being made in the image of God. It’s about God breathing into man His breath of life and man becoming a living soul. It’s about recognizing the inestimable value, the inherent dignity and the incomprehensible quality of all human life. It’s about equality, justice and freedom, regardless of the means by which a human being was procreated, method of reproduction, age, race, sex, gender, physical well-being, function, or condition of physical or mental dependency and/or disability. For once and for all time, it’s about the God given right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness for every human being.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

· Hunter Gatheress, “The DARPA War Fighter Enhancement Programs” (
· TransHumanism, Destroying The Barriers, with Tom Horn, an approximately 60 minute DVD (
01. Marvel Entertainment, LLC a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years (
02. “DARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use (
03. Katie Drummond, “Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal ‘Synthetic Organisms,’ Molecular Kill-Switch Included”, Wired Magazine, Category: DarpaWatch, February 5, 2010 (
04. “Department of Defense Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 President’s Budget” (
05. Ibid., Page 264 (Search on “BioDesign“)
06. Ibid., Page 265 (Search on “BioDesign“)
07. op. cit., Katie Drummond
08. op. cit., Katie Drummond
09. op. cit., Department of Defense Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 President’s Budget, Page 265 (Search on “BioDesign“).
10. Kate Kelland “Scientists Want Debate On Animals With Human Genes”, Reuters, November 9th, 2009 (
11. Ibid.
12. Ibid.
13. Moreno, Jonathan D. (2006). “Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense.” Dana Press, ISBN 1932594167.
14. Goldblatt, Michael (2002). “DARPA’s programs in enhancing human performance”. In Roco, Mihail C.; Bainbridge, William Sims. Managing Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Innovations: Converging Technologies in Society (1st Edition). Arlington, VA: Springer. pp. 339-340. ISBN 1402041063.: cited in McIntosh, Daniel (December 2008). “Human, TransHuman, PostHuman: Implications of Evolution-By-Design for Human Security”. Journal of Human Security 4 (3): 4-20.

Personhood: Acknowledges I Am Somebody

In Abortion, Personhood on January 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

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Personhood: I Am Somebody

William Holmes BordersWilliam H. Borders ·

I Am Somebody.” is a poem written in the 1950s by Reverend William Holmes Borders, Sr. (1905-1993), Senior Pastor at Wheat Street Baptist Church and civil rights activist in Atlanta where he campaigned for civil rights and distinguished himself as a charismatic spokesperson for the city’s poor and dispossessed. 1 In 1971, a bold and unapologetically Pro-Life Jesse Jackson 2 recited his version of the poem on Sesame Street to emphasize the individuality and significance of all people, regardless of size, appearance, race, or economic status. The scene took place on the stoop of 123 Sesame Street, involving a large group of children of different colors, who together and in chorus joined in on the now legendary “I Am Somebody.” portions of the poem. 3

Here is the poem as we take a walk down memory lane:

William Holmes Borders"I am Somebody! I am Somebody! I may be poor, But I am Somebody. I may be young, But I am Somebody. I may be on welfare, But I am Somebody. I may be small, But I am Somebody. I may have made mistakes, But I am Somebody. My clothes are different, My face is different, My hair is different, But I am Somebody. I am Black, Brown, or White. I speak a different language But I must be respected, protected, never rejected. I am God’s child!" — Reverend Jesse Jackson recited this poem on Sesame Street in 1971. Yasmin Brown was featured in this episode.

Personhood: Understands I Am Somebody

PERSONHOOD IN BLACK AMERICA is not simply a Pro-Life strategy or tactic that establishes legal rights for all human beings at all stages of our development. There is a much deeper desire within the hearts of the disenfranchised to be accepted, approved, acknowledged, affirmed and have the attention of the supreme and highest law of the land as a person than there is a desire to overturn Roe v. Wade.


PERSONHOOD IN BLACK AMERICA speaks to equal treatment under the law that without compromise or prejudice, recognizes all of us as human beings entitled to an equality, a freedom, a brotherhood, a type of justice that ensures access to entrepreneurship, full and fair employment opportunities, decent housing, integrated education and culture, health care, child care, clothing and three meals a day.


PERSONHOOD IN BLACK AMERICA speaks to a day where men, women, boys and girls are “not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” 4 and “the tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free” 5 can look to a brighter future as they walk through the “Golden Door” of the American dream.


PERSONHOOD IN BLACK AMERICA speaks to the heartfelt need for the highest and supreme law of our land to be amended with words so clearly defined that they are absent of “interposition and nullification” 6 so that a person is a person “regardless of the means by which they were procreated, method of reproduction, age, race, sex, gender, physical well-being, function, or condition of physical or mental dependency and/or disability” 7 unto death.


PERSONHOOD IN BLACK AMERICA speaks to the need to have the words “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” 8 apply to all human life and not just some human life.


PERSONHOOD IN BLACK AMERICA understands that “the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me” 9 and because we “think that is pretty important,” 10 seeks to ensure all human beings, from the child in the womb, to the senior citizen facing end of life decisions, to the disabled war veteran are protected by love and by law.


I hope the Pro-Life movement is listening.

It’s not just about an “all hands on deck” effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Personhood: Acknowledges I Am Somebody

"I am a true Christian, for indeed, I practiced the religion of Jesus at points better than my master from whom I learned it." — Reverend William Holmes Borders. This is the last sentence in his poem “I Am Somebody” introduced in 1943. ·

1963 March on Washington WomenWomen in the 1963 March On Washington

Personhood is a movement working to respect the God given right to life by recognizing all human beings as persons who are “created in the image of God” 11 without exceptions. Personhood brings to light the internationally recognized and well documented truth regarding the beginning of our biological development, 12 and by definition and design sets the stage for a complete victory. Personhood defines “winning” in a way that meets the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of men, women and children everywhere and for all time. Personhood understands I Am Somebody. Personhood gets it.

1963 March on Washington WomenWomen in the 1963 March On Washington

It’s time the Pro-Life movement stops fighting Pro-Lifers, recognizes that there are different Spiritual Gifts, but only one Holy Gift Giver 13 and stand together united for the greater good of all humanity. For one, I believe the Pro-Life movement can work together as we stand for life. Like Martin Luther King, Jr., “I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him.” 14 I may be poor. I may be young. I may be on welfare. I may be small. I may have made mistakes. My clothes may be different. My face may be different. My hair may be different. I may be Black, Brown, or White. I may speak a different language than you, but I Am Somebody. I must be respected. I must be protected. I must never be rejected. I am a child of God!

Brothers, we really need to talk.

· William Holmes Borders, first penned “I Am Somebody.” He introduced his poem to the world on Sunday, January 10, 1943. The African American Lectionary provides both the history and the full text of his original work (
01. William Holmes Borders (1905-1993), (
02. “How we respect life is the over- riding moral issue,” by Jesse Jackson; Right to Life News, January 1977 (
03. Although the Reverend Jesse Jackson did not write the poem: “I Am Somebody” it became almost a calling card for him. He has recited the line in movies and other individuals in movies and songs have used his recitation of the poem. The full text was included in the book Sesame Street Unpaved.
04. “I Have a Dream” (1963) is the most widely known of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches and was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 at the March for Jobs & Freedom, generally referred to as the March on Washington (
05. The Message of the State of Liberty inscribed on the tablet that the “Mother of Exiles” is carrying (
06. op.cit. Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.
07. The language of the California Human Rights Amendment (
08. In Congress, July 4, 1776, The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America (
09. Martin Luther King, Jr., “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 13, 1962.
10. Ibid.
11. Genesis 1:27 (KJV): “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (
12. Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development (
13. 1st Corinthians 12:4(KJV): “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.” (
14. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964, (

Personhood: Is Being Human Enough?

In Abortion, Personhood on January 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

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Personhood: The Fact Of Existing

"I perceived clearly that I was participating in a truly significant historic event in which a consensus had been reached as to the supreme value of the human person, a value that did not originate in the decision of a worldly power, but rather in the fact of existing—which gave rise to the inalienable right to live free from want and oppression and to fully develop one’s personality." — Hernán Santa Cruz of Chile, member of the drafting sub-Committee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ·

Personhood: Is Being Human Enough?

Hernan Santa CruzHernán Santa Cruz of Chile

The “Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)” was adopted Friday, December 10th, 1948 and is understood to be the foundation of international human rights law. The PREAMBLE makes clear that the “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Since its adoption more than 80 international human rights treaties, declarations, conventions, bills, provisions have formed a comprehensive and legally binding power for the promotion and protection of human rights. However, simply being a member of the “human family” or “the fact of existing” is not enough to be covered by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today special interests groups have taken the lead in defining the body of international human rights law by promoting their own agendas to address concerns such as racial discrimination, torture, enforced disappearances, disabilities, and the rights of women, children, migrants, minorities, and indigenous peoples.

Personhood: Before As Well As After Birth

"WHEREAS the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth." — Declaration of the Rights of The Child, Adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV) of 10 December 1959 ·

Personhood: Human Rights and the Unborn Child

Rita JosephRita Joseph, Australia

Rita Joseph has lectured at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Melbourne, Australia and represented family concerns at United Nation (U.N.) conferences. In her masterpiece, Human Rights and the Unborn Child, Rita successfully argues that the right to life of the child in the womb is clearly defined in the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959). 1 Rita is on record as saying the right to life of the child in the womb has “been obscured for some decades now by the rise of a new pro-abortion ideology in the form of radical feminism” and such forces have conducted “a masterly campaign of ideological reinterpretation.” 2 Rita adds that the word “child” was understood in 1948 to include the child in the womb, (see the quotes above) and references the historical and legal prohibitions on aborting any woman “with child” and the original Hippocratic prohibition on abortion which was reaffirmed by the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Geneva only three months before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception, even under threat …” 3 If you’re reading this column and know Rita, tell her I said “Thank You!” Her commitment to the child in the womb reflects a deep and abiding love for Christ. I’m hoping we can meet and talk one day.

Personhood: The Morality Of The 21st Century

"The morality of the 21st century will depend on how we respond to this simple but profound question: Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human?" — Wesley J. Smith, Featured on Starbuck’s take-away coffee cups as part of its “The Way I See It” 2006 Campaign ·

Personhood: Again, Is Being Human Enough?

Wesley J. Smith, J.D.Wesley J. Smith, J.D.

In 2010, Lori and I were invited to a Napa Wine Cave to hear the latest on Proposition 8 (Traditional Marriage) from the lawyers themselves. The cave was awesome, the meeting was attended by both National and Statewide leaders and very, very informative. Still, my heart was broken in that meeting. One panel discussion opened this way: “We do not want to make the same mistake the Pro-Life movement is making. Millions of lives have been lost since 1973. RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW — is our 1973 and we will not settle for ‘Domestic Partnerships’ or ‘Civil Unions!’ We will stand together and stand without compromise for traditional marriage. One Man. One Woman. For Life.” I cried. Not because I did not agree with the statement. I cried because the statement was true. Millions of lives have been lost since 1973 and the Pro-Life movement is fighting over strategy and tactics. It’s Personhood versus Overturning Roe v. Wade. Why? We need both. Furthermore, we can have both because our God shall supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus 4 (Philippians 4:19). If the morality of the 21st century depends on how we respond to this question: “Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human?” If we believe that every human life has equal moral value. If we believe that being human is enough. If we want to avoid thirty-nine (39) more years of legalized abortion on demand. Then perhaps ending abortion in 2012 will depend upon us seeing the value of meeting the physical and heartfelt needs of men, women and children 5 (James 2:15,16), preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality 6 (1st Timothy 5:21) and working together as brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ “simply and merely because” we are human.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

· The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, was the result of the experience of the Second World War (
· Declaration of the Rights of the Child, G.A. res. 1386 (XIV), 14 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 19, U.N. Doc. A/4354 (1959), (
· Wesley J. Smith, Featured on Starbuck’s take-away coffee cups as part of its “The Way I See It” 2006 Campaign (
01. Women for Faith & Family, Voices Editorial Board, Rita Joseph (
02. “International Human-Rights Law and the Unborn Child”, by John Keown, September 24, 2010, (
03. Ibid.
04. Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (
05. James 2:15,16: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (
06. 1st Timothy 5:21: “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” (

Personhood: Defining Humanity

In Abortion, Personhood on December 26, 2011 at 2:18 am

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Personhood: Defining Humanity

"A philosophy of reason will define a human being as one which demonstrates self-awareness, volition and rationality. Thus it should be recognized that not all men are human." — Winston L. Duke, “The new biology”, in Reason Magazine, “Parahuman Reproduction, Android Cloning, The New Biology, Artificial Synthesis, Genetic Engineering, Brain Transfers”, August 1972. ·

Definitions Define Us

VisualThesaurus.ComAccording to Dictionary.Com, the most-visited and most trusted online dictionary in the world and for my purposes conveniently located in Oakland, California, a “human being” is “[1] any individual of the genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo Sapiens. [2] a person, especially as distinguished from other animals or as representing the human species. [3] a member of any of the races of Homo sapiens; person; man, woman, or child” 1 Visual Theesarus: Human BeingBiblically speaking, God created the first human being 2,3 and by way of the Strong’s Dictionary the word man (אָדָם) used in Genesis 1:26 is ‘adam aw-dawm’, an individual or the species, mankind (i.e. a human being). 4

Definitions Define Who We Are

The VisualThesaurus.Com is an online and interactive tool that reveals the connections between words and meaning, the term “human being” can be conceptualized as illustrated in figure 1 on the left. 5 Here we find a world of words connected by solid lines that have the same meaning (i.e., synonyms). Their meanings are in turn represented by circles, color-coded to indicate the part of our speech, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs that they belong to. Antonyms or words that express opposite concepts and are visually connected by dashed red lines.

Definitions Define What We Are

If we take advantage of the power the VisualThesaurus.Com and click on the term “human” we discover a stunning and captivating visual description of our humanity expressed in and by our own words.

Visual Theesarus: Human

Again, words connected by solid lines have the same meaning and words connected by dashed red lines such as the term nonhuman express the exact opposite meaning. If definitions are linguistic expressions of ourselves, who we are and specifically who is and by default who is not among us, then regardless of our ability to demonstrate “self-awareness, volition and rationality” clearly all of us are human.

Definitions Define What’s Legal

Visual Theesarus: PersonLegally, a person has been recognized by the law as a person, not because he or she is human, but because rights and duties have been ascribed to him or her by those who have already been ascribed such rights and duties. 6 This, in part, explains why women, children, non-landowners, minorities, slaves, etc., have been legally oppressed over the years. Right now, the child inside the womb is fighting for such rights and duties. Without such rights and duties (i.e., personhood a term used by Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Harry Andrew Blackmun in Roe v. Wade 7) the child inside the womb, an innocent human being, can be killed, in all 50 states, through all nine months of pregnancy, for virtually any reason at all, even though it is illegal to take the life of an innocent human being.

Definitions Define The Real Question

VisualThesaurus.ComPersonhood clearly defines humanity by recognizing human beings as “created in the image of God” from the beginning of their biological development, without exceptions and the recipients of the God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as legal persons. Today, the question is not whether there is room in the linguistic world above for the child inside the womb. Clearly there is room. Clearly the child inside the womb is human. Clearly Winston L. Duke is wrong. The real question is, why is abortion on demand still legal? If Margaret Sanger, 8 the founder of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States of America with 85 independent affiliates operating 820 abortion clinics around the country, 9 today’s United States Supreme Court Justices, 10 the entire Pro-Life community, and the holy Body of Christ can admit that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being … I cannot help but wonder … what reason can we “the people” outside the womb, give God for tacitly consenting to the shedding of innocent blood 11 within the womb?

Brothers, we really need to talk.

· Special thanks to Dianne N. Irving, M.A., Ph.D. for her very excellent research and work entitled: “Any Human Cell — iPS, Direct Programmed, Embryonic, Fetal or Adult — Can Be Genetically Engineered to Asexually Reproduce New Human Embryos for Purposes of Reproduction (“Infertility”) (
01. Dictionary.Com’s mission is to “redefine reference and learning in the context of emerging technology while preserving the painstaking traditions of expertise and integrity that everyone expects from a dictionary.” (
02. Genesis 1:26,27 says: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (King James Version)
03. Genesis 2:7 says: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (King James Version).
04. The Strong’s Dictionary is a concordance of the King James Bible (KJV) that was constructed under the direction of Dr. James Strong (1822-1894) and first published in 1890. It is an exhaustive cross-reference of every word in the KJV back to the word in the original text.(
05. VisualThesaurus.Com “is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning.” (
06. (
07. “Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973)”. U.S. Supreme Court.
08. Sanger, Margaret (1938). Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography. New York: W. W. Norton. p. 217.
09. Wikipedia, Planned Parenthood (
10. “The Place of Women on the Court”,, Thursday, July 9th, 2009 (
11. Proverb 6:16,17, “These six things does the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” (King James Version) (

Personhood: Legal Tactics

In Abortion, Personhood on December 19, 2011 at 1:31 am

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Personhood: Legal Tactics

“A rift over legal tactics has split the Pro-Life movement” 1

Vision, Strategy, and Tactics

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." — King Solomon (Proverbs 29:18)

Legal EyesVision is defined as your dream of the future. Strategy is defined as your long-range plan to make the dream happen so it may need to change in response to internal or external conditions, but strategy changes should only happen with considerable thought. Tactics are defined as the specific actions you will take to achieve your strategy. Tactics are the most flexible. If a tactic isn’t working, adjust it and try again. It is often recommended to start with a vision (Proverbs 29:18) and then work down to the tactics. While strategy and tactics can and should change over time, your vision will be the anchor that holds the strategies and tactics together when the waves get high and the storm billows blow.

Legal Tactics

"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory." — Sun Tzu (孫子) ·

Legal EyesLegal tactics in opposition to legalized abortion include promoting the Pro-Life position to the public, electing and lobbying public officials, mass demonstrations, literature distribution, sidewalk counseling, supporting pregnancy care centers, public and/or private prayer vigils, graphic signs, and even specialty license plates. All have their place. All have their strengths. All have their weaknesses. All have their ardent followers. All have their opponents.

Time and Tactics

Today it’s been 14,203 days or thirty-eight (38) years, ten (10) months and twenty (20) days since Monday, January 22nd, 1973. Things change. Since Roe v. Wade and Doe V. Bolton we have lost the lives of over fifty-five (55) million babies and counting to surgical abortions during all nine (9) months of pregnancy alone. Right now, abortions are declining by just 1.2% a year. 2 At that rate, it will take nearly one hundred (100) years to cut the annual death toll in half and two hundred (200) years to end abortion on demand all together. As I write this column, I am aware that Black America has lost over twenty (20) million of the over fifty-five (55) million lives lost to abortion and at the rate we are aborting our children, I am painfully aware that we won’t last another 100 years. If vision must be held on to. If strategy must be reviewed and reworked. If the Pro-Life movement is going to effect her strategy and achieve her vision of a world that respects life at all stages of development by love and by law, our tactics must be flexible.

The Art Of War

"Therefore, when I have won a victory I do not repeat my tactics but respond to circumstances in an infinite variety of ways." — Sun Tzu (孫子) ·

Sun Tzu, Art Of WarIn the Pro-Life movement there is a “rift over legal tactics” among sincere and dedicated warriors. Many favor an all-out legal attack on Roe. v. Wade. However, at least twenty-five (25) cases 3 and briefs attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade including those cases and briefs arguing Fourteenth (14th) Amendment Personhood have been filed to no avail. Others favor strategies and tactics that install state laws that reduce, regulate or restrict abortion in an effort to chip away at Roe until higher polls and more political equity is in place to end legalized abortion. Still others favor and embrace strategies and tactics that do not include walking through the front door of the Supreme Court and arguing their case before the Bench.

We Wrestle Not Again Flesh And Blood

It’s easy to see the wisdom in the above quote. Sun Tzu, the celebrated military general and strategist who authored the definitive military treatise entitled “The Art of War,” clearly points out the need to be creative when developing strategies and tactics. However, it’s the words of the Apostle Paul to the angel of the church in Ephesus that come to my mind today. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 4 “There is utterly a fault among us.” 5 So we must “try every spirit” 6 and stop fighting one another. It’s time we all work together as the Body of Christ, fight sin from every vantage point as God has gifted each of us to do so, leave the results to God and give Him the glory for the great things He has done. Because “… whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” 7

Brothers, we really need to talk.

· Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”, is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as “Sunzi” and “Sun Wu”). It is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. (
1. Erik Eckholm, “Anti-Abortion Groups Are Split on Legal Tactics”, New York Times, 12/04/2011 (
2. Dennis M. Howard, Founder and President of Movement for a Better Amrica, “Yes, we can end abortion within your lifetime and mine” (
3. Cases & Briefs Attempting to Overturn Roe v. Wade and/or arguing 14th Amendment Personhood, [Ordered by date of United States Supreme Court disposition with most recent first], June 15th, 2011 (
4. Ephesians 6:12, King James Version of The Bible (
5. 1st Corinthians 6:7a, King James Version of The Bible (
6. 1st John 4:1, King James Version of The Bible (
7. Romans 14:23, King James Version of The Bible (

Personhood: Corporate Personhood

In Abortion, Personhood on December 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Personhood: Corporate Personhood

"On January 21st, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions." — MoveToAmend.Org, dedicated to ending corporate rule and empowering democracy. 1

Move To Amend (Learn More)

Move To Amend: End Corporate RuleBy definition, Corporate Personhood allows corporations to have rights and responsibilities similar to those of a natural person. By way of the Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution (adopted on July 9th, 1868), our courts have interpreted the word “person” to extended certain constitutional protections to corporations. MoveToAmend.Org is a bold coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to ending the illegitimate but legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing themselves. 2

Motion To Amend (Learn More)

“Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires,” wrote Stevens. “Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.” — John Paul Stevens, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Dissenting Opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 08-205 (2010) 3

MoveToAmend.Org’sMotion To Amend” 4 reads as follows:

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

  • Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
  • Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
  • Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.

Personhood: Human Personhood

"Act XII—Negro Womens Children To Serve According To The Condition Of The Mother: WHEREAS some doubts have arrisen whether children got by any Englishman upon a Negro woman should be slave or free, Be it therefore enacted and declared by this present grand assembly, that all children borne in this country shalbe held bond or free only according to the condition of the mother, And that if any christian shall committ ffornication with a Negro man or woman, hee or shee soe offending shall pay double the ffines imposed by the former act." — Act XII, Laws of Virginia, December 1662, Hening, Statutes at Large, 2: 170. 5

California Human Rights Amendment (Learn More)

California Human Rights Amendment Logo

Even before the foundation of the United States of America (Virginia, December 1662 6), our leaders have repeatedly and deliberately failed to understand that personhood is intrinsic to being human. Today, the California Human Rights Amendment 7 understands this and gives “We, the People of the United States of America” an opportunity to finally get the life issue right. Perhaps Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967-1975), said it best. “Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision [ Roe v. Wade ] that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our Black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed. They did it by appealing to the hearts and minds of their countrymen, to the truth of human dignity under God. From their example, we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed.” 8

The California Human Rights Amendment is the final chapter of the Civil Rights movement. Let’s work together and finish the job.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

1. MoveToAmend.Org, “We the People, Not We the Corporations” (
2. Ibid., About Us (
3. Associate Justice Justice Stevens dissenting opinion (
4. Motion To Amend (
5. Act XII, Laws of Virginia, December 1662, Hening, Statutes at Large, 2: 170, (
6. Ibid.
7. California Human Rights Amendment (
8. “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation“, President, Ronald Reagan penned this in an article for The Human Life Review, It ran in the Review’s Spring 1983 (

Personhood: Settling The Science

In Abortion, Personhood on December 5, 2011 at 12:00 am
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Personhood: Settling The Science

“I’m pregnant. At what point in my pregnancy is it called a baby?” 1

Planned Parenthood Am I Pregnant?

According to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States of America: “Most medical authorities, including Planned Parenthood, agree that it becomes a baby after birth when it takes its first breath.” 2 When addressing pregnancy itself, Planned Parenthood says: “Pregnancy begins when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus.” 3 To help us understand the relationship between “pregnancy” and “implantation”, Planned Parenthood has this to say: “Pregnancy begins when the ball of cells attaches to the lining of the uterus. This is called implantation. It usually starts about 6 days after fertilization and takes about 3-4 days to be complete.” 4 Okay, ladies, there you have it! “Most medical authorities” agree with Planned Parenthood. You’re not pregnant until “implantation” and it’s not a baby until it takes its “first breath.” Finally, science has settled the issue. Or has it?

Personhood: Settling The Science

“I’m pregnant. At what point in my pregnancy is it called a baby?” 5

"Any attempt to interfere with the development of the fertilized ovum is called an abortion." — Margaret Sanger, Family Limitation, Revised Sixth Edition, 1917.

Marian AndersonMarian Anderson (1920)

The answer to this question tugs at the heart of the Pro-Life movement. So its important we hear from both sides of the debate. According to “most medical authorities” and Planned Parenthood a baby can exist at different states of human development. For example, when “it” (i.e., the baby) is delivered prematurely and breathes, he or she is a baby and therefore a person that should be protected by love and by law. However, when “it” (i.e., the baby) continues to grow in the womb (even to “full-term” 6), “it” is not a baby until after birth when “it” takes “its” first breath. Hmmmm … this is confusing. Apparently, “it” can become a baby and by means of that process a person, at any time. At this point, I can’t help but wonder why “most medical authorities” and Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States of America, would choose to embrace such faulty logic. Perhaps Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century and an important figure in the struggle for Black artists overcoming the illogical nature of racism and racial hatred in the United States can suggest an explanation. 7 According to Anderson, “Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.” 8 From my vantage point and because I believe truth as the power to set us free, it appears to me that “most medical authorities” and Planned Parenthood’s are deathly afraid of the financial consequences of the truth.

Personhood: Settling The Science

“I’m pregnant. At what point in my pregnancy is it called a baby?” 9

"Embryonic life commences with fertilization, and hence the beginning of that process may be taken as the point de depart of stage 1. Despite the small size (ca. 0.1 mm) and weight (ca. 0.004 mg) of the organism at fertilization, the embryo is “schon ein individual-spezifischer Mensch” [ Translation: “even one individual-specific human” ]" — Blechschmidt, 1972 10

Personhood Now Banner!According to the Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development, since 1942, and already documented for almost 60 years before then, at the first contact of the sperm with the oocyte you have the earliest stage of human life and human DNA. 11 WOW! It appears, regarding the question: “I’m pregnant. At what point in my pregnancy is it called a baby?” that the science is settled after all and that “most medical authorities” and Planned Parenthood are wrong. At the moment of conception, that is when the spermatozoon makes contact with the occyte, momma is pregnant with child. (12,13,14,15,16) The California Human Rights Amendment, understands this profound truth. Click here to read our campaign message “Why Personhood?

Recently, in an online New York Times opinion column, Notre Dame philosophy professor Gary Gutting argues that “those who do not agree that a fertilized egg is a person cannot argue that abortion is wrong because an embryo or fetus has human DNA.” 17 Wesley J. Smith, J.D., my friend and Special Consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network put it this way on the back of a Starbucks Cup on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th, 2006: “The morality of the 21st century will depend on how we respond to this simple but profound question: Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human?” 18 For Christ’s sake, I hope we’re all answering YES!

Brothers, we really need to talk.

01. Planned Parenthood, Health Topics Q & A (
02. Ibid.
03. Planned Parenthood, Stages of Pregnancy at a Glance (
04. Ibid., Weeks 3-4.
05. Planned Parenthood, Health Topics Q & A, op. cit.
06. Abort73.Com, “U.S. Abortion Law” (
07. “Marian Anderson”, Women In History, Living vignettes of notable women from U.S. History (
08. “Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.” — Marian Anderson,The James Logan Courier, Sunday, February 27, 2011 (
09. Planned Parenthood, Health Topics Q & A, op. cit.
10. Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development, Stage 1 (
11. Ibid.
12. “The term conception, however, may refer either to fertilization or to implantation and hence (like gestation) is best avoided.” [Ronan O’Rahilly and Fabiola Muller, Human Embryology & Teratology, (New York: Wiley-Liss, 1994), page 19]
13. “Human pregnancy begins with the fusion of an egg and a sperm … finally, the fertilized egg, now properly called an embryo, must make its way into the uterus.” [Bruce M. Carlson, Human Embryology and Developmental Biology (St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 1994), (page 3)]
14. “Human pregnancy begins with the fusion of an egg and a sperm, but a great deal of preparation precedes this event. First both male and female sex cells must pass through a long series of changes (gametogenesis) that convert them genetically and phenotypically into mature gametes, which are capable of participating in the process of fertilization. Next, the gametes must be released from the gonads and make their way to the upper part of the uterine tube, where fertilization normally takes place. … Finally, the fertilized egg, now properly called an embryo, must make its way into the uterus … “. [Bruce Carlson, Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 1999), (page 2).
15. “In this text, we begin our description of the developing human with the formation and differentiation of the male and female sex cells or gametes, which will unite at fertilization to initiate the embryonic development of a new individual. … Fertilization takes place in the oviduct [not the uterus] … resulting in the formation of a zygote containing a single diploid nucleus.” [William J. Larsen, Human Embryology (New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1997) (page 1).
16. “The organism proceeds along the uterine tube by means not entirely understood (reviewed by Adams, 1960). It leaves the tube and enters the uterine cavity during the third or fourth day after ovulation, when probably 8-12 cells are present, and when the endometrium is early in the secretory phase (corresponding to the luteal phase of the ovarian cycle).” [Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development, Stage 2, at:]
17. Gary Gutting, The New York Times, “On Abortion and Defining a ‘Person'”, November 30, 2011 (
18. Wesley J. Smith, Featured on Starbuck’s take-away coffee cups as part of its “The Way I See It” 2006 Campaign (