First, as you can see, the Morning Press posts now have a new title. In the past, I’ve put the subject of the post in the title, but since MP has become so broad in its material, I’ve decided to make it more straightforward and organized by just putting the date. Obviously, today is March 8, 2010, hence “3.8.10.”
Racism and Abortion
Some good thoughts from Justin Taylor of “Between Two Worlds” on the connection between racism and abortion, specifically drawing on the preaching of John Piper. Piper has been greatly involved in both abortion and racism discussions for several years.
Taylor discusses the recent development of an anti-abortion organization that has notice the troubling trends in abortions — namely that they are specifically targeting poor black communities. The organization has a website here, which presses the significance of the issue.
The statistics are rather alarming. Take this excerpt from Al Mohler’s treatment of the topic:
Consider the chilling facts documented in the data. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 57.4% of the abortions performed in Georgia in 2006 were performed on African-American women, but blacks make up only 30% of Georgia’s population. Nationwide, the pattern is similarly stacked against black babies — black women have approximately 37% of all abortions each year, while blacks make up only 13% of the national population.
Also, consider this, from sociologist Anne Hendershot’s 2006 book The Politics of Abortion:
According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than 43 percent of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. Since 1973, the number of abortions by African American women has totaled nearly twelve million. Every day in the United States, more than 1,500 African American women choose to end their pregnancy through abortion. Although African Americans represent only 12 percent of the American population, they account for more than 35 percent of all abortions. As a result, the abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 per year) for African American women is 2.9 times that of white women. Put another way, for every 1,000 African American women, 32 have abortion, as compared with 11 for every 1,000 white women. Comparing the number of abortions per 1,000 live births by race, we find that the abortion/birth ration for white women is 184 abortions per 1,000 live births; for African American women, it is 543 abortions per 1,000 births. (pp. 31-32).
Now, it’s very common to hear racism associated with other “discriminatory” issues like homosexuality. Defendants of gay marriage claim that when Christians say homosexuality is wrong, they are just doing the same thing as Christians who defended racists during the 19th and 20th Centuries. As a side note, for a good evangelical response to that contention, watch this:
I think Zacharias does an excellent job of explaining the key differences between racism and condemnation of homosexual practice.
However, the connection between racism and abortion is deeper than merely Christian responses to controversial issues, such as homosexuality. As Taylor points out in his first post, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times have caught on to the anti-abortion movement that focuses on how abortionists are specifically targeting black women, thus depleting the African-American population.
I think this development is worth watching, both on the racism and abortion fronts.