Our nation observes Martin Luther King Day today with local and national events and a federal holiday marking the civil rights leader’s birthday. Many also prepare to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion just days later on Jan. 22. We mention the two in tandem since it’s important to remember the terrible toll abortion has had on black America —- as the leading cause of death.
The statistics on abortions among black women are staggering. Even though African-Americans comprise 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, more than one of every three abortions in the United States is performed on a black woman, accounting for nearly 35 percent. According to “Silent No More: A Major Crisis in the African-American Community,” by Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJ of Howard University in Washington, DC, of an estimated 4,000 abortions performed each day 1,452 black babies are killed daily in abortion mills.
Overall, baby killing is a lucrative industry. Planned Parenthood’s net revenue totaled $1.21 billion in its organizational fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, with about 45% of that revenue —- $540.6 million —- provided by taxpayer-funded government health service grants.
This video* is not new, but it is illustrative of the racist Margaret Sanger, who called those she considered inferior, “human weeds.” Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, targeted poor European immigrants and blacks, placing “birth control” facilities in their inner-city neighborhoods, in an effort to control their numbers.
The devastating impact the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade has had on our nation is felt in every community across America. But today of all days, honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., it is crucial that we acknowledge the tragic impact of abortion on the community he devoted his life to elevating.
* H/T American Life League