Democrats love to talk about abortion and systemic racism, just not in the same conversation.
The National Right to Life Center estimates that by the end of 2021, 63.5 million abortions had been performed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Surprisingly, nearly 40% of women who seek abortions are African American, which is astounding considering this demographic made up just 13.6% of the population at the time of the 2020 census. This means that over 20 million black babies have been aborted during the past 50 years.
Let’s put these statistics into perspective. First, 20 million equates to 6% of the total U.S. population. It’s also approximately 45% of the current black American population of 45 million. And, had these children been born, blacks would represent about 20% of the total population. Clearly, abortion has had an enormous effect on blacks in America.
In August 2019, then-New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet assembled his troops to introduce the controversial 1619 project, their deliberate attempt to “reframe America’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”
The editors of the “paper of record” had decided that systemic racism should become the central issue in the upcoming presidential campaign. Baquet told his staff, “Race in the next year and I think, to be frank, what I hope you come away from this discussion with – race in the next year is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only their relationship with Donald Trump, but Latinos and immigration.”
Following George Floyd’s death in May 2020, systemic racism exploded into the national debate. Suddenly every American institution, the U.S. system of justice, our history, our founding fathers, and of course, every Republican, was declared racist. Woke corporations forced employees to attend diversity training sessions to learn how to be “less white.” And demands for equity became ubiquitous.
Even Planned Parenthood was forced to recognize their own racist roots. They admitted that Margaret Sanger, the organization’s founder, was a racist with “harmful connections to the eugenics movement.” Sanger established their predecessor organization, “The Negro Project,” in 1939.
Planned Parenthood removed Sanger’s name from their Manhattan health clinic and renamed nearby “Margaret Sanger Square.” They published a statement which said, “We are owning our organization’s history and are committed to addressing the implicit bias and structural racism within our organization and communities.”
In a later, more formal declaration they called “a reckoning,” Planned Parenthood acknowledged that Sanger was a white supremacist. They also confirmed that Sanger delivered a speech to “a women’s auxiliary branch of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey, in 1926,” an event that fact checkers have repeatedly claimed was a myth.
The statement said Sanger “believed in eugenics – an inherently racist and ableist ideology that labeled certain people unfit to have children. Eugenics is the theory that society can be improved through planned breeding for ‘desirable traits’ like intelligence and industriousness. …
Sanger’s actions had “undermined reproductive freedom and caused irreparable damage to the health and lives of generations of Black people, Latino people, Indigenous people, immigrants, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, and many others.”
The racial disparities between abortion rates of black and white women in America cannot be denied. In his concurrence for 2019 abortion case Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote: “There are areas of New York City in which black children are more likely to be aborted than they are to be born alive—and are up to eight times more likely to be aborted than white children in the same area.”
Unfortunately, renaming a clinic in New York City and disavowing the organization’s founder are woefully insufficient to compensate for the evils put in motion by this repellent woman and perpetuated by her successors.
So, yes, let’s talk about abortion and systemic racism – in the same conversation.
A previous version of this article appeared in The Washington Examiner.
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11 thoughts on “20 million black babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade, where is the equity in that?”
These numbers are (horribly) stunning. I can only imagine what the collateral effect has been on the black family. In those families that lost a child to abortion, how has that loss has affected the behaviors of other children in those families? Are survivor children more inclined to condone abortion for themselves in later life? A horrible tragedy for all Americans. So many little ones have perished.
” In those families that lost a child to abortion . . . .”
The fetus wasn’t “lost.”
It was thrown away.
It wasn’t ‘just’ a fetus, you idiot, it was child! I’ll assume that you are sentient enough to understand the use of the word lost, given the context of the post and comment.
It will be quite some time before Mr. Marcos responds to you, as the kind of blatant racism he displayed in another post on this thread is a “One Strike You’re Out” offense.
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that has nothing to do with me…..if black people are aborting black babies thats a black problem…..none of these abortions are forced abortions performed against their will
there are no abortion police going to black homes and forcing black women into vans in the middle of the night and aborting them.
there is no ‘systemic racism’ in abortion….when 20 million are aborted the activists blame racism….and if the law prevented abortions and abortions fell to zero then the activists would blame racism…..so its all bs.
i say let the black man destroy his children if he wants to…he’s going to continue to do it anyway whether they are aborted or born alive into parentless drug drenched educationless woke black ‘homes’…..no amount of handwringing can prevent it
Actually its 65 mil. 1,125,000 a year Dammm!
That’s a lot of Trayvon’s missing
Margaret and Ms-13 and players killing each other, will be the end of this plague upon Merika
Not the end, but a good start.
Blah Blah Blah.
If you want me to care about this you need to find out WHY blacks are committing abortions.
I saw a video about black women and why they always “fly off the handle” when confronted. This black woman commented on her own personal history. Apparently, there is a lot of sexual abuse in the African American community, and she mentioned that nobody talks about it and nobody does anything about it, other than attack the women complaining because you don’t dis the family or something. If Latisha is pregnant with Uncle Jamal’s baby (incest) Latisha will want access to an abortion because she doesn’t want that kind of baby and doesn’t want to risk being hated by the family for making the family look bad.
What are pro lifers like you going to do about that?
20 million citizens who could be working today and adding to the economy, How much did Planned Parenthood make off the baby parts??