I’ve done my research on Margaret Sanger and much of the conversation that surrounds her involvement in things like The Negro Project. I’ve also had many debates with people who defend Sanger against the labels that are placed upon her by pro-lifers. Here’s my conclusion on the matter.
I think there’s already way too much news reporting and conversation surrounding race among blacks. Slavery in America. Police brutality. Ferguson. It’s enough to make you want to gouge your own eyes out. I mean, do blacks really need to be convinced that people have in the past, or may presently, see us as sub-human, dangerous, or expendable? Of course not. Quite frankly, women aren’t going to stop having abortions because certain elitists want to eliminate blacks, minorities, or the “poor and unfit” from society.
Villainizing Sanger and essentially turning her and her genocidal agenda into a “Boogeyman” that blacks should be concerned about, is a minimally productive conversation at best, and at worst, is a distraction that isn’t greatly helping the pro-life cause.
If you disagree with this idea, I’d like you to ask yourself this question. Would abortion be less of a scourge if there were no racial or eugenic overtones involving Planned Parenthood and its ties to Margaret Sanger? I think not. So when it comes to the black abortion conversation, the pro-life cause, and the limited resources available to pro-life work, I think we should try to be as efficient as possible and be laser-focused on the best things at all times.
My suggested focal points? 1. Moral decline. 2. Teens and twenties.
- Moral Decline
When an innocent child dies because its basic right to life wasn’t protected while in the womb, we all should be morally outraged…but too many of us are not. In an open letter titled “My Heart Aches for America”, Billy Graham wrote: “Some years ago, my wife, Ruth, was reading the draft of a book I was writing. When she finished a section describing the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex, she startled me by exclaiming, ‘“If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”’
I think Ruth Graham is right. When pro-life men, like myself, are castigated and labelled as oppressors of women’s rights because we think it’s wrong for a woman to kill her offspring–that is a sign of moral decline. When people are supporting the right of a woman to use abortion as a form of birth-control–that is a sign of moral decline. When baby body parts are being sold for profit, that is a sign of moral decline.
Moral decline…not Margaret Sanger, should be getting most of our attention as we battle for the lives of the unborn. Don’t you agree?
2. Teens & Twenties
The lion’s share of abortions in this country is among young women who are teenage or in their twenties. A 2014 study by the Guttmacher Institute shows that the main reason women choose abortion is because the think that bearing a child will affect their lives in an inconvenient way. There is no “Planned Parenthood Patrol” stalking the streets looking for pregnant women, and luring them, by hook or by crook, into the abortion mills and forcing abortion upon them. These ladies are willing participants. Why? Because to no longer be pregnant is what they want and nothing else matters–not even the Boogieman.
A deeper analysis of these issues reveals four contributing factors to the demand for abortion.
- The breakdown of the family: More than 72% of black children are born to single mother households (2014 CDC report).
- Single parents are overworked: As was the case for my mother, the single parent must carry the load of two people, and is mostly in “survival mode” to the point where she doesn’t have time to dedicate to proper parenting.
- Unsupervised teenagers: They are often, as was the case with me and my two sisters, left alone and have way too much idle time. Do we need to discus the problems that spring forth from this environment?
- Selfishness: Our over-inflated sense of self, combined with our increasing lack of value for human life is what allows us to take the life of an innocent child. I participated in an abortion when I was twenty because I didn’t care about much else other than myself…my plans…my comfort. Abortion kept me from suffering the consequences of my own choices. Or did it?
Those issues are all moral issues and they need to be dealt with directly and on a regular basis by preachers, teachers, and community leaders. But most effectively those issues will be dealt with by concerned mothers and fathers who are regularly having tough, loving, moral conversations with their children.
I appreciate those who make efforts to uncover the checkered past of Planned Parenthood and the sinister motives that founded that organization. However, if the hearts of their potential customers were transformed in such a way that abortion became not just unlawful, but unthinkable, then Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers would dry up like an uprooted weed.
I’m living proof that abortion doesn’t claim the lives of all of its intended victims, and I’m committed to turning things around. Will you join me?
The wicked plans of a eugenist can’t overcome the strength of a committed marriage.
I see a day coming where are teenagers have more respect for themselves and refuse to engage in illicit sexual activity, which could affect them for the rest of their lives.
I see our teenage boys having so much respect for the value of life that they are willing to put themselves…their career…their hurts…and their fears…all on the line in order to save the life of an innocent child.
I see an overall change of the heart in people that we begin to value the unborn child from fertilization to natural birth.
Our resources are limited. Our time is limited. Our scope is limited.
Let’s stay focused. When we do that, we cut off the supply to Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills; we attack the abortion monster at its foundation; and we truly become the guardians of those who cannot guard themselves.
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