As the nation pauses to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we should also mourn the success of one of the most powerful enemies of black Americans. King taught that our nation was built on the "promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," and to a great extent he helped attain those goals for all minorities. However, our still predominantly pro-abortion culture continues to exact a heavy price on black America.
The nation's most ardent and profitable purveyor of abortion, Planned Parenthood, continues to assault the black population. It was founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who considered blacks "unfit" members of society. Sanger and early managers of Planned Parenthood specifically targeted blacks in their birth control and abortion efforts, with the goal being that "minority groups who constantly outbreed the majority will no longer persist in doing so..." Former president of Planned Parenthood Alan Guttmacher worked to encourage outside groups to speak out as a means of 'mainstreaming' birth control and abortion, especially amongst the African-American community.
Sanger's vision is alive and well today. Sadly, the overwhelming majority of abortions are perpetrated on black babies. According to the Guttmacher Institute, (the research arm of Planned Parenthood, and yes, named after the above-mentioned eugenicist,) while blacks make up about 12% of the population, they account for about 1/3 of all abortions. In fact, since the full legalization of abortion in 1973, it is estimated that approximately 30 % of the black population has been eliminated via abortion.
The abortion legacy, however, is not the whole story of Sanger's assault on minorities. Sanger was not only a proponent of abortion and birth control, but was hostile to traditional sexual morality and marriage. She advocated libertine sexual attitudes, which not only increases the demand for abortions, but also breaks down the family unit. As many notable black Americans have pointed out, one of the root causes of poverty and violence in their culture, is the absence of a father and stable family unit in African-American homes.
Dr. King's niece Dr. Alveda King has been working to remind America that her uncle was a social Conservative who opposed abortion and favored abstinence before marriage. In recognition of the terrible consequences of abortion on black Americans, Alveda has written extensively and traveled the nation urging blacks to rethink their tolerance of the assault on their people via abortion.
Ironically, our celebration of Dr. King, falls only days before the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which opened the gates for America to develop the most liberal abortion laws in the world.
This Saturday, January 22, thousands of Texans will gather in Austin to march and rally in protest of the slaughter of some 3,700 babies each day. Participants will meet at the southeast corner of 17th Street and Congress at 1 pm, and march to the capitol for the Rally For Life at 2 pm. Following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s example, we will gather to peacefully demonstrate and work to end a terrible injustice. All are welcome.
I think Dr. King would approve.