A post by Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile in his blog Pure Church, looks into the thought of how Dr. King would react to the present day issue of abortion. His conclusions are based on the teaching and character of Dr. King. As much as I appreciate and have benefited from the work of Dr. King, as I take a look at many of those who marched during the Civil Rights Movement for the justice and equal treatment of all people and those who are in the forefront of the movement today, I wonder how they decided to support the Pro-Abortion Movement. There are those who are not willing to apply the same argument and thought about civil rights of minorities to the unborn but rather to the choice of the mother to end the life of her baby. How quickly some active marchers, sign carriers, singers, protesters and overall supporters of the Civil Rights Movement have chosen to render that same energy in favor of abortion. Those who spoke up so loudly for the underdogs, the misrepresented, the lynched, hosed, beaten and those without a voice won’t do the same for the unborn.
How many religious leaders who fought so boldly for the sanctity of the life of “the Negro” do not fight for the right of the sanctity of the life of a baby in the womb. Those who fought valiantly against Negroes being considered, less than human, not worthy of full citizenship, labeled coon, nigger, monkey, are not defending the person-hood of the developing embryo in the womb. Why are these champions for justice absent from pro-life rallies when abortion survivors speak? Where are they when public speaking events are held featuring women who have had abortions share their experience, the pain, the emotional distress and lost from the act of abortion? Where are the former Civil Rights Marchers when a mother or father suffering from post abortion trauma is being counseled or sharing their issues publicly for others to learn from? Can they not with the same haste speak up to decry the selfish, careless and pointless decision to have a child killed in the womb, as they appear on the air to decry the thoughtless, senseless killing of young black men on our cities streets?
Yes, Dr. King may well have spoken out against Abortion but as I look at those who remain with us and often force themselves to the forefront as THE spokespersons for the Negro race, I cannot tell that the legacy has not continued. The actions of the graduates of ‘the Movement’ who now support abortion and ‘pro-choice’ are not helping us overcome but are encouraging the death of our children. Support the children both in and outside the womb should be our cry!
Dr. Fred McKissic Bush
We have leaders who speak for the unborn but they are not guests on the talk shows nor or they invited to be experts on the topic of women’s healthcare during news segments. Rarely do our black pro-life leaders receive recognition most often they are referred to because they are at first thought not to support the pro-life platform. I am thankful for leaders like Dr.Ben Carson, Mrs. Star Parker of CURE, Dr. Alan Keyes and Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, Ob/Gyn to name a few. During the Abortion Media Summit, Wash DC, Dec 4, 2012 that addressed the topic, “What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?, Medical Aspects of Abortion on Women’s Health?. Dr. Bush submitted this statement,
“So, what is different between African American and white women? Their abortion rate.
African American women obtain 35% of all abortions in the United States, although African Americans are only 13% of the population.
Tragically, in my state, Mississippi, African Americans are 39% of the population and obtain 78% of the abortions. MS is also among the top states with the highest premature birth rate and infant mortality rate. According to the 2011 statistics from the MS Dept of Health, the premature birth rate in MS is 16.5/1000 live births [white: 13.5; nonwhite: 20.1] and the infant mortality rate is: 9.4/1000 live births [white: 6.5; nonwhite: 12.8], the highest in the US.3.”
She goes on to state:
Myth # 2: Abortion is safer than childbirth.
Fact # 1: No one in the US is accurately measuring deaths from abortion, but deaths after live birth are accurately measured.7
Fact #2: Several studies show that women who abort are more likely to die within a year after the abortion than women who bring to live birth.
Fact #3: Several studies show that women who abort are more likely to commit suicide than women who bring to live birth.
Fact #4: The maternal mortality ratio in the United States has doubled over the past 20 years, since abortion has been legal.
The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is a widely accepted indicator of women’s health. It is a measure of deaths in pregnant women or women who have just delivered. So this MMR includes deaths after abortions, deaths after live births, deaths after stillbirths and any other pregnancy outcome. If abortion were truly critical for the well-being of mothers, one would expect the maternal mortality rate to decrease with increased abortion availability and to increase as abortion is restricted.
But that is not what we find. In 1987, there were 6.6 deaths for every 100,000 pregnancies and the last reported MMR by the CDC is 13.3 per 100,000 pregnancies with African-American women leading with a rate of 32.7 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies. Amnesty International published a report in 2010 titled “Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA” noting the lifetime risk of maternal deaths is greater in the US than 40 other countries, including virtually all industrialized nations.
In fact, the MMR in the United States, where abortion is legal, and one out of every three pregnancies end in abortion, is greater than the maternal mortality in the country of Chile, where human beings are protected after fertilization, and abortion is illegal.”
In conclusion she writes:
“Abortion destroys life – that of the unborn child and more often than thought, also kills women, as discussed. Abortion increases the mother’s risk of adverse mental health outcomes and increases the risk of preterm birth, cerebral palsy and infant mortality in the next pregnancy. Abortion subjects women at the hands of someone they may never see or talk to until heavily medicated and experiencing the procedure. Abortion strips protection from the woman when they face medical malpractice, because abortionists are not required to have at least one million dollars of insurance as I am required to purchase.
After 40 years of legalized abortion in America, it is still neither safe nor rare. Promoting abortion-on-demand, without limits is about creating “rights” that benefit abortion providers and their profit margins, rather than women. It is not about protecting women’s health as much as it is about population control of “those we don’t want too many of” as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reminded us in 2009. Though she may physically survive the abortion, a woman is never the same after an abortion.”
I have therefore chosen new leaders to follow. I chose not based on which color, animal or other mascot identifies them politically but rather on the basis of their morality steeped in the Judeo-Christian writings contained in the bible. In most cases leaders influenced by the content of that book, offered by those who espouse its teaching are more likely to adhere to its principles and willing to ‘learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause’. We must also instruct our children at home as we walk with them along the way, talk with them at the table, ride in the car how to select leaders. They need to see us model these beliefs, our actions must match our words. We must require our civil rights organizations to step up and be counted in support of the right to life of the unborn. We must demand they stop accepting funding from organizations that support abortion under the guise of supporting women’s health care. Stand up and be firm in your convictions, do not hide behind politically correct slogans, be clear about your support of life. Support women’s centers, encourage our communities to offer assistance to single, pregnant mothers. Encourage our churches to assist these mothers and fathers with the support they need to see past the emotional trap they feel. Show them a way to financially welcome a new child, give them training and knowledge to face an unexpected pregnancy. Connect the mother with a support group who will be there for her throughout the pregnancy and beyond. Let us show them another way. Let us be like the midwives in Egypt;
Pharoah Orders Male Children Killed
“15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; 16 and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.”
20So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.…
Civil rights and the Right to Life should be working together! Like the midwives we must fear God and let our children live then He can bless us and establish our households. We like Shiphrah and Puah can and must stand against the king of Egypt, our government today. That my friends is what we need!
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.