Margaret Sanger, Eugenics, and the Black Abortion Rate
The scourge of abortion is having a direct impact on the demographics of our nation. Most demographers tell us that it takes 2.1 children per family to replace itself. The 2000 Census reports that the number of children per family in America is below replacement level when the number of illegal and legal immigrants is not included. American families have an average of 1.86 kids.
The trends are toward depopulation. This is especially apparent when one examines the practice of abortion and the demographics in the black community. Black Americans represent 12 percent of the total population of the United States and account for 36 percent of all abortions. Since 1973, there have been more than 15 million black children aborted in America.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute’s “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States” (January 2008), 1.21 million abortions were performed in 2005. In that same report, black women were 4.8 times as likely as non-Hispanic white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women were 2.7 times as likely to have an abortion.
Their numbers equate to 683,294 black babies aborted in 2005. In other words, 56 percent of all “legal abortions” were performed on black women in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 2005.
To put it into perspective, Reverend Walter Hoye, president of Issues for Life Foundation, said of these numbers that “56,941 black babies were aborted every month in 2005, 13,140 black babies were aborted every week, 1,871 black babies were aborted every day, 78 black babies were aborted every hour, 1.3 black babies were aborted every minute in 2005.”
According to population data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2006, the number of black babies aborted in 2005 — 683,294 — is the equivalent of killing over five times the entire black population of Oakland, California, or killing more than the entire black population of Washington D.C., Atlanta Georgia, and Oakland, California combined.
These numbers are simply breathtaking and indicative of the success the abortion industry has had with messaging its culture of death into the black community. Recently released numbers for 2008 paint an even grimmer trend in New York City. The numbers for the black community in NYC reveal that there are more abortions than live births. For every 1,000 births, there are 1,489 abortions. It seems that abortion is now birth control in the black community.
Unfortunately, in the face of these startling numbers, there has been an inexplicable silence from the so-called “gatekeepers” in the black community. The conservative black pro-life voice that has attempted over the years to bring attention to these numbers has been ignored. The liberal media, conservative media, and, yes, even Christian media have wittingly or unwittingly shut out from public debate the black pro-life voice.
So, in an effort to breach the wall of silence, Life Always, to which I am a founding board member, went to New York with a billboard message designed to address the severity of abortion’s impact on the black community. Our message targeted toward the black community was sourced in empirical evidence that abortion outnumbers deaths by heart disease, cancer, aids, and accidents combined.
Our message, “The Most Dangerous Place for an African-American is in The Womb,” set off a firestorm in New York and across the country. Black partisans on the left were offended that a conservative voice penetrated the wall of silence. Through bullying, they were able to shut the billboard down with intimidation and threats. Their charge was that the message was racist and traumatic to black women. I beg to differ; the trauma is not in the message, but rather in the act of abortion and its impact on the very survival of the community.
Why is the rate of abortions so high in the black community?
There are many reasons we can point to for the answers, but the more sinister is the often overlooked specter of the Eugenics Movement. Eugenics is the study of “improving the qualities of the human species or a human population.” Francis Galton coined the word in 1883. Galton believed that the proper evolution of the human race was thwarted by philanthropic outreach to the poor and inferior.
Galton and his first cousin, Charles Darwin, were heavily influenced by the writings of Thomas Malthus, an eighteenth-century economist who wrote about population control through controlling agricultural production and cutting off all charity to the poor and inferior races. Charles Darwin, who admired Malthus, wrote “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.”
The most notorious eugenicist is one Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and the mother of the abortion industry in America. Sanger’s views, attributing her efforts to promote birth control to a desire to “purify” the human race through eugenics and even to eliminate minority races by placing birth control clinics in minority neighborhoods.
The mentality of Margaret Sanger, Thomas Malthus, Francis Galton, and Charles Darwin are still alive today in Planned Parenthood and the American Eugenics Society. In 1970, the society defined eugenics in this way: “The essence of evolution is natural selection, the essence of eugenics is the replacement of natural selection by conscience premeditated, or artificial selection in the hope of speeding up the evolution of desirable characteristics and the elimination of undesirable ones.”
These ideas are dangerous for those who are determined to be undesirable or no longer economically viable. Currently in the Obama administration are men and women like Ezek Emanuel and John Holdren, who advocate population control using the rational originated by Thomas Malthus. John Holdren authored a book in 1977 titled “EcoScience,” where he advocates extreme measures to control population, including forced abortions and sterilization.
The connection of abortion with the philosophy of eugenics is also evident in Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s revealing statement in 2009. In an interview in New York Times, Justice Ginsburg said (emphasis added), “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in population that WE don’t want to have too many of.”
WOW. Ginsburg really showed her hand. It seems Roe was not passed for a woman’s right to choose after all, but rather for the purpose of population control. What’s sensational about this statement is in the word “we.” Who are the “we” here? Could it be the eugenicists hidden away in high places making the policy decision that impacts society and our culture — like health care with death panels?
In his prodigious work, “How Should We Then Live,” Francis Schaeffer answers this question: What happens when the Christian consensus is removed from the public square? You get an elite who will arbitrarily determine what is right or wrong. These elitists are eugenicists. They are relativists who do not believe in the unchanging truths of the word of God. Thus, they seek to control population to accomplish a sick, distorted idea of evolving a superior race of people and eliminating inferior ones.
Is it any wonder that when you have upwards of 80 percent of all Planned Parenthood facilities located in black communities with slick marketing and sophisticated messaging that the abortion rate is through the roof? You must know that Planned Parenthood’s presence is deliberate targeting with a eugenic plot to carry out Malthus, Galton, Darwin, and Margaret Sanger’s sick view of controlling population in order to purify the human race.
Stephen E. Broden is the senior pastor at Fair Park Bible Fellowship, founder of Protect Life and Marriage Texas, and member of the National Black Prolife Coalition.
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