Abortion is black genocide? Nonsense, of course

WASHINGTON — Johnny Hunter, a black preacher who opposes abortion rights, came here last week to join a protest against federal funds for Planned Parenthood. He stood behind a sign that read: “Planned Parenthood has killed more African-Americans than the KKK.”

Hunter is among Roe v. Wade’s diehard opponents, single-minded activists for whom nothing is more important than repealing a woman’s right to choose. While other voters worry about jobs, health insurance and college loans, Hunter and like-minded reactionaries focus on reproductive rights.

They have support in Congress, too. Last week’s budget negotiations were prolonged by a cadre of Republicans who tried to wipe out all federal funding for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which they wrongly claim is mostly in the business of providing abortions.

They lost that battle, but they never give up. (They won restrictions on abortions in Washington, D.C.) Tireless opponents of reproductive rights are already planning their next assault.

The use of race as a wedge is the latest tactic for those reactionaries, who see an opportunity to cultivate support among black Americans, especially church-goers with a conservative streak on social issues. While anti-abortionists have long derided Margaret Sanger, considered the mother of modern family planning, for her support of eugenics, their campaign to portray Planned Parenthood as a hotbed of bigots is a more recent development. Hunter, an enthusiastic purveyor of wrongheaded conspiracy theories (he says President Obama is “an Arab”), insisted that famed family planning advocate Margaret Sanger started her birth control campaign in order “to wipe out the black race.”

Hunter and his followers have hoisted their flag on a data point they believe points to their hidden truth: the abortion rate for black American women is almost five times that for white women, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit that advocates for reproductive health.  About 37 percent of abortions are obtained by black women, although they account for less than seven percent of the population.

A conspiracy? Genocide? A secret plan hiding in plain sight?

Hardly. The higher abortion rate among black women is a logical — if desperate — answer to an unplanned pregnancy and meager resources. Since black women tend to be poorer than white women, they are less likely to have the benefit of regular health care and the contraceptive information and services it confers. Trapped in meager circumstances, many black women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy choose abortion.

Oddly, the most vociferous critics of Planned Parenthood are also the least likely to support plans and proposals that might actually lower the abortion rate — among black women as well as among white and brown women. Take contraceptive use, which (you might be surprised to know) Planned Parenthood vigorously supports. Contraception accounts for about 35 percent of its services; abortion only about three percent.

If birth control pills and devices were cheaper and more widely available, more women would use them. Unplanned pregnancies would drop. The abortion rate would decline. But conservatives like Hunter have no use for family planning, period.

And what if more poor black women chose not to terminate their pregnancies? What if more desperate women without health insurance or decent housing or reliable employment decided to rely on the tender mercies of the social safety net for their newborns? Would they find conservatives in Congress rushing to shore up funding for housing assistance, food subsidies and health care for the indigent?

Well, this is where things get really strange: the more vociferous a critic of reproductive rights, the less likely the politician is to support Head Start or Medicaid or WIC, which provides milk and other nutritional assistance to poor pregnant women. They love those fetuses in utero. After that, not so much.

It’s a strange love, to say the least.

216 comments Add your comment

JB

April 13th, 2011
2:13 pm

I guess in a democratic pro choice persons mind a $5000 abortion is cheaper than a life long human stuck in federal entitlements.

Julie R Camp

April 13th, 2011
2:13 pm

I get so sick of hearing how the poor can’t do this or that. WE have programs to cover every need for the poor INCLUDING FREE CONDOMS. Each county in the state of GA and other states in this country have local health offices that do the very same things that planned parenthood do. If you do not take care of your sexual health, THERE IS NO EXCUSE!

J coner

April 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

As a conservative, I support a womans right to freely choose not to have un-protected sex. That is pro-choice. But I expect them to also pay the consequences of choosing poorly. Terminating a life simply because it is inconvenient for you is the lowest form of selfishness.

godless heathen

April 13th, 2011
2:17 pm

Religion, abortion, and race all in one thread. WhoBoy! As a white, atheist, male, I ain’t got a dog in this fight and there is not a thing that can be said to sway anyone’s opinion, anyway.

I do think Ms. Tucker made a good point.

iRun

April 13th, 2011
2:18 pm

J coner – Read my other post about a permanent underclass and distracting the middle class. I was deliberately being over the top but I do believe they use these wedge issues to distract the middle class so they can have their little power wars. They know they can whip up furor over this issue and gain political points. Afterall, it’s not a whole lot of money to fund PPA. But boy do a whole lot of people in this country put their support dollars behind politicians who pay lip service to being right-to-life or to being pro-reproductive rights.

That’s a big political weapon right there.

But don’t kid yourself. They don’t really care about you and your little morality issues. Other than how they can use them to get to your money.

And if a bunch of poor women no longer have access to basic health services (health screenings, pap smears, breast exams, birth control) it doesn’t bother them. In fact, now we have a whole bunch of non-producers in our society sucking the life out of the producers – another political tool!

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:19 pm

Incidentally, the original feminists, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Staton and their fellow travelers, were pro-life. This fact has been suppressed by the leftist historians, even to the point of Ken Burns’ specifically omitting it from his PBS documentary. So, the original civil rights leaders were pro-life and so were the original feminists. Hmmmm …

JB

April 13th, 2011
2:19 pm

godless heathen…………….We ain’t got a dog in the fight in Libya, but we are bombing them.

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:19 pm

Martin Luther King, Sr.? Pro-life 100%

JB

April 13th, 2011
2:21 pm

Gerald, like the Bible, they pick and choose what they like about Dr. King. CT would get a tongue lashing from him if were alive.

El Jefe

April 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them. Herein lies the key of civilization. For upon the foundation of an enlightened and voluntary motherhood shall a future civilization emerge.

Margaret Sanger

J coner

April 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

Nice try iRun, but health screenings, pap smears, breast exams, and birth control are all offered by Medicaid. Defunding PPA doesn’t prohibit access to any of those services. If anything it is a duplication of effort.

The pro PPA movement is fully aware of what their primary purpose is; as is everyone else.

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

godless heathen:

Oh please. Race liberals like Cynthia Tucker are crying “disparate impact against minorities!” at the drop of a hat. Remember Bush vs. Gore? Voter ID requirements? Mandatory minimum sentencing and the war on drugs? Or what about “culturally biased’ standardized tests? These folks apply “disparate impact” to everything BUT abortion. If it were any other policy that reduced the black population and along with it black political power BUT abortion, Cynthia Tucker would be all over it, claiming that it was a white racist plot to keep black people like her down. Or actually black women like her, as Tucker, being a feminist, could care less about black males (unless they are criminals who belong in jail … those she will back until the cows come home).

Only a liberal would be able to support letting GUILTY blacks out of jail so that they can victimize other blacks (see the black on black crime rates) while supporting the murder of innocent black children in the womb. By being pro-criminal and pro-abortion, the black leadership is declaring war on innocent blacks. Such is liberalism. Again, Trotsky would be so proud. (And so would Stalin. And Lenin. And Mao.)

carlosgvv

April 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

Gerald

If a police officer knowlingly shoots at someone shooting at him, I believe that would qualify as premeditated, as police officers have standing orders to shoot to kill at someone trying to kill them. Soldiers are taught to kill in their training and will obviously kill with premeditation in battle. And the State, of course, is killing with premeditation when they execute someone. So, as I previously stated, people like you when confronted with these facts go into all kinds of mental gymnastics and come up with inane convoluted arguments. Abortion is NOT mentioned by name in the New Testament. It would not hurt for you to read Revelations, chapter 22, verses 18 and 19 to see what happens to people who add to or take away from the Word.

dan

April 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

Personally, I love abortion saved me a couple of grand in child support.

El Jefe

April 13th, 2011
2:30 pm

Sanger notes that her 1916 opposition to abortion was based on the taking of life: “To each group we explained what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way—no matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way—it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun.”

iRun

April 13th, 2011
2:31 pm

Medicaid? And everyone has access to it??? And Medicaid isn’t a health provider. You do know that, right? Medicaid is a funding mechanism, like insurance. Medicaid doesn’t actually provide health services. In fact, PPA can bill Medicaid.

But not for abortions.

Nice try? I dont’ have to try. The FACT is PPA uses ZERO tax dollars on abortion services. It’s illegal and even the politicians saying they want to defund PPA on abortion grounds have NEVER produced evidence that PPA is breaking the law. Because there is no evidence. If PPA were using tax dollars to fund abortions then it would be an enormous scandal and there would be plenty of proof.

Fact: PPA uses ZERO tax dollars to fund abortions.
Fact: Abortion services provided by PPA are self-funded
Fact: PPA services are by and large basic health services for men and women – either free or low cost.

Tired of BS

April 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

Ms. Tucker, you yourself have used race as a wedge for years. Maybe it’s the fact that some black pastors are saying it’s time for more self control and responsibility if you are going to sleep around. I’m glad to see members of the black community stand up against an oppressive black agenda that only promotes liberal social ideals.

JB

April 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

carlosgvv……………..Most on here would have to Google that verse to read it. That particular book ain’t nowhere in their house.

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

Carlosgv:

Too proud to admit that you are wrong, aren’t you?

Again, the Hebrew and Greek words translated “kill” in the King James Version mean MURDER in their original languages. What soldiers do is not MURDER and what police officers do CERTAINLY is not murder. Ratsach is only used a few times in the Old Testament, and when it is, the context is always murder. Other Hebrew words are used for other types of killing, such as killing an animal for food, or killing an enemy soldier in battle.

So, not only are you not particularly bright, but you are 100% lacking in principles also. And you need to read what the entire Bible says, from beginning to end, to see what happens to liars like yourself, and proud people like yourself.

Or how about this: next time a police officer pulls you over, call him a murderer. See how that goes for you. I am sure your lefty comrade Cynthia Tucker will pay your bail!

GMan

April 13th, 2011
2:33 pm

About time someone speaks the truth. It has always really aggravated me that those who oppose abortion do so little to PREVENT abortions. Not only that, services for low income mothers, not to mention that they are always opposed to LBGT adoptions. If you didn’t want more abortions in the US, you would increase Planned Parenthood’s funding ten fold!!

bob from account temps

April 13th, 2011
2:35 pm

most conservatives advocate the removal of funding from state and federal agencies for providing abortions. those that claim they should have control of their reproductive rights, should also bear the cost of their choices.

dan

April 13th, 2011
2:35 pm

Too bad Jesus and Mohammed weren’t aborted. Would’ve saved the World a history of violence and pain.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 13th, 2011
2:37 pm

Oops, I make a run to the ilk lodge but as long as the bible thumpers are here, lets point out:

If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. — Deuteronomy 21:18-21

So when someone argues: The Bible takes the perspective, the presumption if you will, that God has the right to kill – because He is God – and also has the right to tell man that it is wrong to commit murder – because being God, He owns and rules mankind unconditionally. I guess the presumption that God has authorized man to kill too.

iRun

April 13th, 2011
2:38 pm

Again, I can’t provide links because they disallow them here but…

Studies show that family planning services that emphasize birth control lead to a reduction in abortions. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so to speak.

Also, family planning reduces the number of children who require welfare services. However, welfare services take up very, very little of our tax dollars.

What does take up most of our tax dollars? Defense. Medicare. Social Security.

ray

April 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

abstinence is 99.9% effective. it is in the bible.

seabeau

April 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

The Liberals Moral Delemma, ” Murder the Innocents(Abortion) and Pardon the Murderers (Anti-capital Punishment”.

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

GMan:

“It has always really aggravated me that those who oppose abortion do so little to PREVENT abortions”

You mean like promoting abstinence? Hmmm … so you are telling me that it is ABSTINENT women that are getting all these abortions? Wow, didn’t know that. And oh yeah, the disproportionate abortion rate in the black community, the disproportionate AIDS and other STD rate in the black community, and the sky high illegitimacy rate in the same ALL HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER, right?

But hey, I guess that if you are abstinent, you will still get pregnant out of wedlock, contract AIDS, and have an abortion anyway just because you are black, right? It is all because of your race and has nothing to do with your behavior, right?

News flash GMan: while I am not a supporter of the religious or political right, were the black community to actually listen to the “family values” types who preach abstinence, then neither abortion, AIDS or illegitimacy would be a problem in the black community. Create public policy to accommodate bad behavior, and all you get is more bad behavior. Didn’t the great society programs prove that, GMan?

TruthBe

April 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

Cynthia Tucker welcome back when did you get out of jail?

Virginia Ann Harris

April 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

Don’t buy the STUPID lies about Margaret Sanger – go behind the scenes in her personal life and discover the sexy, shocking TRUTH in my new novel, What Do Women Want? – available at amazon for kindle and smart phones now.

Thanks Cynthia for a great column!

El Jefe

April 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

While Planned Parenthood may provide needed services, how or why should government funding be provided to a private firm. How would you feel if million or billions were given as a grant or funding to big oil or big pharmaceuticals?

While some may question tax loopholes or tax breaks, these are available to most in the same situation, but Public Broadcast and Planned Parenthood are specifically funded by the federals.

WOODSTOCK MIKE

April 13th, 2011
2:42 pm

@iRun

Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the United States in 2009 alone. Although the women who have the abortions are not using federal dollars to pay for the service it is still being performed by Planned Parenthood. What do you not understand??

PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES PERFORM ABORTIONS, BY THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS.

wham

April 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

sex is natural, sex is fun, sex is best when it’s one on one

iRun

April 13th, 2011
2:44 pm

“How would you feel if million or billions were given as a grant or funding to big oil or big pharmaceuticals?”

You’re kidding right?

Nearly all private businesses are publicly subsidized in some fashion. Especially these you mention.

iRun

April 13th, 2011
2:46 pm

Woodstock Mike, yes, I do understand that PPA provides abortions, which are legal in America.

Legal.

However, people seeking abortions from PPA must pay it for themselves.

Tax dollars go to PPA to pay for other health services.

What I think you are probably saying is that tax dollars should not be used to provide any aid at all to an organization that provides a controversial yet legal service. Right?

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:47 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!:

Kill? Yes. Murder? No. There is a difference between God ending a life and man ending a life, and with regards to man’s ending a life, there is a difference between a man killing someone and a man murdering someone. Again, even if you do not believe in the Bible, you have to acknowledge that from the perspective of the Bible, this is the case.

God has the unconditional right to end human life because He created humanity and owns it.
God has the unconditional right to declare that some cases where a man takes another man’s life is right (i.e. when the man being killed breaks the law).
God has the unconditional right to declare that some cases where a man takes another man’s life is wrong (i.e. murdering someone to steal their property, or because of some grudge).

One does not have to believe the Bible to acknowledge that the Bible takes this position.

God is not man, and has prerogatives that man does not have. And killing someone, whether in self-defense or executing them for committing a capital crime, is not the same as murder.

These silly arguments of yours may work extremely well in your little atheist club echo chamber, but are utterly useless in other circles. Quit taking your butter knife to a sword fight and put in the work required to come up with a better argument, one that doesn’t pretend as if God is some guy just like you living across the street.

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:49 pm

Virginia Ann Harris: They aren’t likes about Margaret Sanger. That evil woman actually received an award from Adolph Hitler, who greatly admired her work. Another thing not taught in history class. Gee, I wonder why? Oh yeah … the teacher’s unions. Got it. Makes perfect sense doesn’t it … the teachers’ unions are 100% pro-abortion and militantly so DESPITE ABORTION HAVING NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH PUBLIC EDUCATION! It is all about ramming their ideology down our throats …

WOODSTOCK MIKE

April 13th, 2011
2:51 pm

@iRUN

I am saying that Planned Parenthood would not be in business without govt funding. I am not debating whether or not abortion should be legal. I am pointing out that Planned Parenthood performs abortions and they are a govt funded institution. Agreed?

dan

April 13th, 2011
2:53 pm

Can you abort a immaculate conception (deception)?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 13th, 2011
2:54 pm

Gerald..utter nonsense.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

April 13th, 2011
2:55 pm

Good afternoon all. Hard for me to differentiate eugenics from abortion. Both are a logical end of leftism, that perverse attitude that “some lives are not worth living.” Of course, as it is leftism run amok here, there is also a prevailing attitude that those repulsed by the unworthy leftist goal must also subsidize it. Nothing new here, move along.

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
2:56 pm

Woodstock Mike:

Imagine if there was this private country club that did not admit blacks. Imagine if this club applied for federal funding to support charitable activities that had nothing to do with their segregated club. Would the same argument apply? Would the liberals accept a “we accept tax money to fund scholarships and health screenings for poor people, and not a dime of it goes to the country club itself” argument? Of course not. The very idea that a segregated country club is receiving taxpayer money for any purposes would be an outrage, it would be construed as government support of segregation, and the very same pro-murder, excuse me, pro-abortion, excuse me, pro-choice, excuse me, abortion rights supporters, on here would DEMAND that ALL tax money stop flowing to that segregationist institution EVEN if that institution complied with civil rights laws governing the use of said tax money!

Hypocrites as far as the eye can see. Trotsky would be so proud. Lenin, Stalin, and Mao too. Marx not so much though.

Gerald

April 13th, 2011
3:00 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!:

Taking your butter knife and going home? Good for you. Next time, don’t take so long to acknowledge that the Bible’s view of God and your own personal morality/ideology are two different things. And that claiming that you personally view the Bible to be immoral and claiming that the Bible’s contents are morally inconsistent with itself are two different things. You are free to disagree with and reject it all you want, but you cannot claim that the Bible does not consistently present the same view of God, man, and their standing with regards to each other.

Janis

April 13th, 2011
3:01 pm

“Well, this is where things get really strange: the more vociferous a critic of reproductive rights, the less likely the politician is to support Head Start or Medicaid or WIC, which provides milk and other nutritional assistance to poor pregnant women. They love those fetuses in utero. After that, not so much.”

Isn’t it ironic? These hypocrites make me sick. Just another way to control women.

iRun

April 13th, 2011
3:02 pm

W Mike,

I thought the discussion was about people who thought Planned Parenthood used tax dollars to pay for abortions, which is incorrect. This whole time I’ve been trying to make people understand that tax dollars are used for basic health services and family planning, including cancer screenings, vasectomies, tubal ligations, pap smears, birth control, STD testing, etc.

However, it feels like you have a “gotcha” point coming. So, I’ll say this. Planned Parenthoods gets about a third of it’s funding from the government. So, if they were defunded it would not mean they would go away. They would likely survive and start increasing the gap in funding by holding membership drives the way NPR/PBS does. And if they were defunded and they received all of their funding through non-tax dollars then I would imagine their provision of abortion services would change.

However, you should note that Planned Parenthood provides a great deal more service in the prevention of unplanned pregnancies. And how is that a bad thing? Reduces the demand for abortions services and welfare services.

Atlanta 1

April 13th, 2011
3:02 pm

I actually agree with Ms. Tucker.

I do believe that it should be a woman’s decision and that woman who do not have the financial resources to explore her options should have places to turn to. And the book on Ms. Sanger appears to be open to interpretation.

Some basic facts:

The study of factors that influence the hereditary qualities of future generations. It may be thought of as both a science and a social movement. Eugenics proposes to improve humanity’s future by increasing the number of children produced by persons who are, by some definition, superior and by reducing the number produced by persons who are physically or mentally deficient. Attempts to encourage larger families from superior parents are called positive eugenics, attempts to reduce the number of children from defective parents negative eugenics.

Eugentics basically looks to improve humanity by weeding out the weak and sick or what someone else deems as inferior.

Ms. Sanger did attend a Clan Rally in New Jersey (that’s right folks the Clan was in New Jersey and a whole lot of other areas besides the South) to speak about Eugenics. In her own autobiography she was able to set up 35 more meetings from this speach with ‘Woman of the Clan’.

This doesn’t lead to the conclusion that she had a plan to destroy the black race. Could be that she was so passionate in her believe that she would speak to anyone who would listen; however, at a minimum this does give you pause and in a moment of honesty – should be pointed out by someone who is making an argument for Plan Parenthood in the name of balance.

I refused to believe that she wasn’t aware of this fact; but I’m not surprised that she left this fact out. Draw your own conclusions. What the founder wanted is neither here nor there of what goes on today.

Pablo

April 13th, 2011
3:02 pm

carlosgvv:

Your argument about premeditation for Police Officers and Soldiers is incorrect, and here’s why: when a Police Officer shoots at someone who is shooting at him or her, he or she is merely protecting him/herself and possibly others, therefore it is a killing in self-defense. As for Soldiers, they go and kill as a part of a military force engaged in operations, not as a band of pirates or other criminals. Any killing under military operations that meets the standards of the Geneva Conventions AND U.S. law (for our Soldiers) is therefore legal, not premeditated murder. Now, if a PO or a Soldier comes out of the house saying: “I’m killing so-and-so today”, then there is premeditation, and it is murder then.

jconservative

April 13th, 2011
3:09 pm

Interesting discussion.

I could care less about Planned Parenthood. I probably have a problem with government giving money to private entities regardless of who they are. But I will discuss the issue and maybe you can change my mind.

I agree with Cynthia on one thing: the idea of using the State Police Power to force the birth of a conceived child only to abandon that child after birth is just plain stupid. I will vote tomorrow to use the Police Power to force births if it also includes using the Police Power to force the care of that child until adulthood. (And no it does not at this time, either federally or in any state or territory).

But neither will happen in the foreseeable future. We will continue to muddle along as we have for the last 38 years.

We seem to have settled down to be a nation of “muddlers” on a lot of issues. All we agree on is that we will disagree.

We can and will settle abortion, and most other issues, when we rediscover the ability to Compromise.

dan

April 13th, 2011
3:15 pm

The Bible is food for bigots.

carlosgvv

April 13th, 2011
3:16 pm

Gerald

Since you are such an expert on the Bible, please furnish me with Book, chapter and verse in the New Testament where abortion is mentioned by NAME.

Kathryn

April 13th, 2011
3:23 pm

If a “Black Woman” can’t afford contraceptives, How does she afford an abortion?