From the Desk of Loren Abraham
During my daily walks with my wife and my dog through our neighborhood, I am confronted by the scores of black and white signs. I find these signs offensive. You've seen them. Why are they offensive you may ask? Two reasons come to mind. The first reason that I find these signs offensive is that the organization that printed these signs and distributes them has core values that do not line up with the message on the sign and therefore the sign is deceptive. Recently, one of the leaders of this organization in our city of Saint Paul very publicly separated from the organization stating, "'Black Lives Matter' doesn't care about black families or about the black children" in Saint Paul.
The second reason that I find these signs offensive is the glaring hypocrisy hidden in the words on the sign. What hypocrisy you may ask? Here it is … the sign at its face ascribes value to Black lives. The progressive agenda and goals of this organization clearly do not value Black Lives. If they did they would decry the statistics surrounding the number of black deaths that result from everyday crime, gang warfare, drive-by shootings, and the accidental deaths of children who get caught up in the crossfire of all these criminal attacks. Not to mention the fact that over 80% of black men in prison come from families where there is no father involved in the raising of the children. A fact that is also overlooked and even ignored by this organization and its activist supporters who reject religious and family values that seek to correct this societal ill.
But the most incredible and inexplicable truth that proves the hypocrisy of these signs is the fact that since 1973, about 20 million black lives have been snuffed out due to abortions, and statistics prove that black women are being targeted by abortion providers far more than other races in our country. Not only that, but abortion is the number one cause of death in black communities. More than crime! More than accidents! More than cancer, heart disease, and AIDS. Abortion has taken more Black American lives than every other cause of death combined since 1973. In the United States, the abortion rate for Black women is almost 4 times that of White women. On average, 900 Black babies are aborted every day in the United States. This tragedy continues to impact the population levels of African Americans in the United States. Here are the facts:
• More than 20 million Black babies have been aborted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in the United States.
• Black women have a significantly higher abortion rate than Whites and Hispanics.
• 38.0% of all abortions in the United States in 2016 were performed on Black women, however, only about 13.4% of the total population is Black.
African-Americans are no longer the nation’s largest minority group. Today, Hispanics have outpaced Blacks in population growth.
• For every 1,000 live births, non-Hispanic Black women had 401 abortions. Non-Hispanic White women had 109 abortions per 1,000 live births.
• The tragic reality is that 79% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located within walking distance of neighborhoods that have proportionately higher populations of Black or Latina women. An analysis of census tract data clearly documents that this kingpin of the abortion industry targets women of color, selling them the illusion that they must choose between career advancement and the lives of their babies.
• In some cities, like New York, more Black babies are aborted than born.
• In America today, a Black baby is three times more likely to be killed in the womb than a White baby.
• Since 1973, abortion has reduced the Black population by over 25%. (Source)
• Sadly, Margaret Sanger’s racist legacy at Planned Parenthood lives on in today’s pro-abortion movement. As recently as 2009, Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the New York Times that “at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” (Source)
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Blessings and Shalom,