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

oldguy

April 13th, 2011
5:01 pm

I, for one, think we should double or triple our funding for abortions. The more dumb people we can keep out of the gene pool the better! They are using up our oxygen!
Lets adopt the China model “You get 1 child per family,period! all others must be aborted”. Now there is a plan!!

Joe Mama

April 13th, 2011
5:04 pm

oldguy — “Lets adopt the China model “You get 1 child per family,period! all others must be aborted”. Now there is a plan!!”

How about the Ludicrous Librul Plan that conservative posters here will sooner or later claim is really in the works? You get $1000 for the first child you don’t have, and then $500 for every subsequent child you don’t have. (laughing) :D

HRPufnstuf

April 13th, 2011
5:05 pm

Wow. Once again (maybe 3 times in the last 5 years) I agree with Cynthia,

I think abortion is wrong, immoral, and an awful thing to do.

I also think that I have NO BUSINESS dictating my beliefs on a woman who chooses that right. Since Federal funds for abortion are ALREADY prohibited for use, and that’s only about 3% of their total budge, then it seems to me that all the rhetoric about Planned Parenthood has some other agenda behind it.

scrappy

April 13th, 2011
5:12 pm

“What say you to that?”

I say you are believing the propaganda that these “Preachers” are shoveling. When confronted with facts, you will still continue to believe the drivel.

NO CURRENT TAX DOLLARS GO TO ABORTIONS.
Why do they say otherwise? No other reason than to rile up the base of conservatives and hope the rile them up enough to vote for the person of their choosing.

Jimmy62

April 13th, 2011
5:14 pm

This is somewhat a non-sequitor, but you know who really ticks me off? People who are both pro-choice and anti-drug. So the government has the right to dictate how you treat your body when it comes to drugs, but not abortion? Makes no sense.

Unfortunately, I think this describes a good number of people in the electorate.

Bob

April 13th, 2011
5:16 pm

A woman makes a mistake and becomes pregnant and is given the option of backing out of this mistake by getting an abortion. In order to make this fair, men should be able to disown the fetus. No child support. Why should women have an option after the fact and men don’t? Each should held responsible or each should be able to disown their mistake. Anything else is a sexist position.

markie mark

April 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

damn Bob….now thats a concept I never thought of before…..

casual observer

April 13th, 2011
5:27 pm

Nonsense of course?! If people want to get abortions as a form of birth control because it’s desperation or whatever? Fine. STUPID and IGNORENT but okay.

Answer this then. Why should the American taxpayer pay for it?

Joe Mama

April 13th, 2011
5:39 pm

casua observer — “Answer this then. Why should the American taxpayer pay for it?”

The American taxpayer *isn’t* paying for it.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

April 13th, 2011
5:44 pm

Here’s an idea. How about getting MARRIED and STAY TOGETHER BEFORE having a child?

B

April 13th, 2011
5:44 pm

PPH promotes abortion whether they actually perform them or not.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

April 13th, 2011
5:45 pm

Joe Mama – You aren’t that stupid are you? What is Planned Parenthood and the FREE abortion clinics? Who do you think funds those? Here’s YOUR sign.

B

April 13th, 2011
5:49 pm

can someone tell me exactly what is the purpose of PPH then, and do we not already have other programs in place to do the same?

B

April 13th, 2011
5:53 pm

I oppose abortion in most cases but will say I won’t ‘force’ my values on anyone. At a minimum, I would like the requirement that anyone wanting to have an abortion be required to receive counciling, ultrasound and hear the baby’s heartbeat beforehand. Will PPH support that?

Joe Mama

April 13th, 2011
5:56 pm

Mmm — “Joe Mama – You aren’t that stupid are you?”

Smart enough to know *you’re* only working with guesses and supposition. If you have proof that Planned Parenthood uses Federal funds for abortions, then let’s see what you’ve got, cowboy.

“What is Planned Parenthood and the FREE abortion clinics? Who do you think funds those?”

Not Federal money; that’s *illegal.*

Joe Mama

April 13th, 2011
5:57 pm

B — “At a minimum, I would like the requirement that anyone wanting to have an abortion be required to receive counciling, ultrasound and hear the baby’s heartbeat beforehand.”

Why, exactly? Could you tell me, please, why you feel those things are necessary?

Class of '98

April 13th, 2011
6:15 pm

Black women have more abortions because they are poorer than white women? How much is an abortion? A few hundred dollars?

How much does a condom cost? How much does it cost to keep your knees togther?

Black women have more abortions because of less access “contraceptive information”? Are they unaware that unprotected sexual intercourse sometimes leads to conception of a baby?

Give me a break.

Kamchak

April 13th, 2011
6:23 pm

Give me a break.

Why?

Is there something “special” about you that you deserve one?

Did you ride the “short bus” to school?

Rafe Hollister

April 13th, 2011
6:30 pm

Purging of the womb is allowed by the Roe V Wade ruling.

Purging my pocketbook by an organization whose primary purpose is to purge wombs is outlawed by the Hyde amendment.

Otherwise, purge all the wombs of the poor you want, I obviously am not allowed to stop you.

Michelle

April 13th, 2011
7:19 pm

Perhaps the AJC should check their facts before publishing articles with false information.
“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.”
Birth control has continued to be made more readily available, cheaper, and offered at younger and younger ages in the past few decades and yet the abortion rate has continued to soar. Perhaps you should look at some of the studies that have been published before stating “facts” that are so far from the truth. The number of unintended pregnancies hasn’t gone down since 1995, so why should America continue to fund such a unsuccessful operation? Meanwhile Liberals have de-funded Pregnancy Centers that offer REAL help to women in crisis because the refuse to offer abortions. So you want to blame conservatives for not wanting to give food stamps to every dead beat who doesn’t want to get a job, and yet yell and scream when funding organizations that offer REAL help to women in a crisis pregnancy situation- organizations that offer parenting classes, prenatal care, clothes, and other services simply because they are not willing to kill the life that is growing inside these women. Now that is what you call strange.
BTW there were over 330,000 abortions provided by Planned Parenthood last year and under 8,000 clients provided with prenatal care. So what where you saying about them not being in the business of killing babies?
And you can call it a women’s body all you want, science proved long ago that the “sack of cells” that you so quickly destroy is actually a living, seperate human being with DNA and a life of it’s own. Just because it is dependent doesn’t make it yours to kill.

Wiie

April 13th, 2011
7:32 pm

Abortion is Tucker’s most deeply held value.

Isn’t that sad?

Stephani

April 13th, 2011
7:51 pm

Ms. Tucker, God bless Johnny Hunter…a man who respects the life of an innocent baby!!! What people like you refer to “reproductive rights” is MURDER….PLAIN & SIMPLE….there are plenty of married couple just waiting to adopt a baby of ANY color…the time has come that women who have unexpected pregnancies DO THE RIGHT THING & ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY for their condition!!! It’s not the baby’s fault…98% of the time they need to learn to keep their legs shut….AND THEY NEED NO SPECIAL “INSTRUCTION” OR EDUCATION FOR THAT!!! & as far as Margaret Sanger is concerned, SHE WAS A RACIST OF THE WORST KIND…do your research & you will find the truth…for a change.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 13th, 2011
7:59 pm

Purging my pocketbook by an organization whose primary purpose is to purge wombs is outlawed by the Hyde amendment

More nonsensical statements……what is this “organization” with this primary purpose?

Mongo

April 13th, 2011
8:28 pm

Genocide against criminals maybe. Legal abortion is the biggest reason we don’t have a massive violent crime spree. At least according to the data in Freakonomics. Of course the Conned will refuse to believe it. They are allergic to those pesky little things like facts.

Mongo

April 13th, 2011
8:31 pm

Perhaps the fact that abortions rose recently happens to coincide with the rise in the teaching of abstinence only nonsense in schools is only a coincidence, more likely causation though..

Buster Collins

April 13th, 2011
8:34 pm

Planned Parenthood doesn’t need a dollar of federal money. They do perform abortions, that is not in question. No federal money for that. We are broke, beyond broke.

Planned Parenthood lobbies for the freedom to all kinds of abortions, including late-term. In that, they support more abortions than they provide; guilt by association.

And, we have Ms. Tucker who said no child ever asked to be born. It’s good to see that she’s adopted the notion of working part-time again with only bi-weekly drivel. She should continue to work half-time, since she’s a half-wit.

buck@gon

April 13th, 2011
8:40 pm

“Johnny Hunter, a black preacher who opposes abortion rights, ……is among Roe v. Wade’s diehard opponents, single-minded activists …… ”

Yes, well once-a-week-blogging close-minded columnists love to criticize activists who are doing nothing but acting single-mindedly, as if he hasn’t been doing anything else all week.

Well, at least Hunter’s whereabouts are known. Where the hell have YOU been, civil Cynthia?

Bull

April 13th, 2011
9:19 pm

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.

What a crock and sorry excuse — what contraceptive information beyond just say “no”, use common sense, and have some level of personal pride, respect, and responsibility is needed????

Thulsa Doom

April 13th, 2011
9:50 pm

Interesting. A poor black women can’t afford a 50 cent condom- nor can her male partner apparently. But she can afford a $500 abortion. Hmmmm.

Catherine

April 13th, 2011
10:06 pm

In New York City for every 1,000 black babies born alive, 1,489 are aborted. Black genocide?

Rafe Hollister

April 13th, 2011
10:12 pm

The poor man/woman who can’t afford a condom should just ask one of her many children to pick up a bunch at school. I thought schools were giving them to anyone who asks.

Keep, you know the organization is Planned Parenthood, who funds most of their programs with money derived from fetacide, the deliberate purging of a fetus.

Nar

April 13th, 2011
10:57 pm

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project. Sanger created this program in 1939, after the organization changed its name from the American Birth Control League (ABCL) to the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA).

Margaret Sanger aligned herself with the eugenicists whose ideology prevailed in the early 20th century. Eugenicists strongly espoused racial supremacy and “purity,” particularly of the “Aryan” race. Eugenicists hoped to purify the bloodlines and improve the race by encouraging the “fit” to reproduce and the “unfit” to restrict their reproduction. They sought to contain the “inferior” races through segregation, sterilization, birth control and abortion.

Planned Parenthood (originally named American Birth Control League) worked hand in hand with the American Eugenics Society. The American Eugenics Society is today called The Society for the Study of Social Biology.

Eugenics (the study and practice of “improving” the genetic features of human populations through selective breeding and sterilization) has played a significant role in the history and culture of the United States.

Eugenics was practiced in the United States many years before eugenics programs in Nazi Germany (and in fact, U.S. programs provided much of the inspiration for the latter).

The American eugenics movement received extensive funding from various corporate foundations including the Carnegie Institution & Rockefeller Foundation. In 1906 J.H. Kellogg provided funding to help found the Race Betterment Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

This has all been supported by our former Presidents and Congresses.

Conspiracy theory?
Yea, it’s all been a well documented dream.

kayaker 71

April 13th, 2011
11:05 pm

So we are to believe that all of those blubber butt welfare broodmares out there would not become pregnant if the government was doing a better job of supplying them with birth control devices at taxpayer expense. CT, you are beyond redemption.

Thulsa Doom

April 13th, 2011
11:10 pm

Like I said how does a woman afford a $500 abortion but yet between her and the male partner she’s doing the naughty with they can’t scrape up 25 cents apiece for a condom?

Tom Middleton

April 13th, 2011
11:44 pm

CT: “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.”

Nothing makes sense in Republican philosophy, Cynthia, until we remember that they’re not about the many but the few. You see, in Republican ideology, there are winners and losers in the big economic game they like to call life; and since theirs is a political party designed specifically for the winners, then their job is to make sure they all get treated as such if they want to win elections. (Kind of gutsy for a minority party, isn’t it?)

Anyway, it’s No to taxes as much as possible and No to anything else, like family planning, health care, education and so on, that could help the rest of us to lead better lives. I mean, they have to draw the line somewhere, don’t they – especially since they feel so very much oppressed? Poor Republicans,,,

Please don’t misunderstand me, though, for they know what they’re doing, even down to what you pointed out so clearly in your commentary today. It’s just that they don’t care what they do to others, in their great haste to make a pile; for to them, the others are the losers and don’t deserve what they can’t win – period!

Cynthia, there may be plenty of Charlie Sheen in this their operating philosophy, but since we’re talking about a preacher and a political party that parades their religion, not a crazy actor, where’s the Christian love in any of it? I mean, didn’t Jesus say we couldn’t serve two masters – God and wealth (mammon} – and that we should always seek the Kingdom of God first?

My Bible says he did, but maybe that teaching is missing in some revised Republican version somewhere…and in the hypocritical Mr. Johnny Hunter as well!

Doug Lawrence

April 14th, 2011
5:29 am

The destruction of innocent human life for the sake of convenience, whether black, white, yellow, or red, is simply inexcusable.

Genocide is genocide … no matter how hard someone tries to redefine it.

There’s already more than enough murder in the ‘hood. We don’t need misguided souls promoting and prescribing preemptive capital punishment for black babies, while still inside their mother’s wombs.

What we really need is liberty and justice, for all. Abortion is certainly not any part of that!

They cut hair, don't they?

April 14th, 2011
7:13 am

Fifty million abortion in the USA since RvWade. They would have all been Republicans. Thus their vote.

Ideology is the GOP objection to abortion. I totally agree. If there is divine retribution, then certainly we are in for it. As much as I hate the Rushannities, the Becks, the Dittoheads and the Bookman Blog of muff-diving munch-wads, I have to agree that abortion is this nation’s original sin, and not even a crucifixion can save us if Yahwey decides that enough is enough.

Have you pagan sloths forgotten what happened to Jupiter with the Shoemaker-Levy thingie? That could have been Earth. We didn’t even spot it till six months B4 it hit, you sacreligious bunch of hypocritical heretics and nuckleheaded ne’er-do-wells, (and p-holes).

Do you think you rocket scientists could rationalize even more abortions. Why only 50 million. Why not a hundred? You Horned Morons. You Idiot Devils.

I meant a-holes.

What If

April 14th, 2011
7:41 am

BRAVO, C. Bigotry comes in all forms – and men against women is one of the oldest and most vicious of all. Seems to go hand in hand with the psuedo-christianity (small ‘c’ on purpose) these evil bigots practice.

lets make it easy foe everyone.

April 14th, 2011
8:06 am

lets treat un planned babies like drunk drivers. The first one you lose points with your freebies, the second one you lose all the insurance, the third one you lose the right to any help, the fourth one you lose all right to have sex, the fifth one you have it taken away from you. next you go after the rider, after the first one you lose thirty days of rights and so one till the third one and we just cut you off all together. You can take it home in a bag or pickle it and say (man it done the bitches good while I had it. This would solve a lot of problems and we could fuss over something else.

carlosgvv

April 14th, 2011
8:44 am

From the time Roe v Wade was enacted till now there has been a population growth for both blacks and whites in this country. If abortion really is black genocide, the growth rate for blacks should be considerably lower than for whites. Since this obviously is not the case, how can anyone say that abortion is black genocide?

jconservative

April 14th, 2011
9:32 am

Another point:

The Associated Press
“LONDON — More than 2 million babies are stillborn every year worldwide and about half could be saved if their mothers had better medical care, according to research estimates published Thursday in the medical journal Lancet.

While the vast majority of stillbirths happen in the developing world, the rates in countries including Britain, France and the U.S. have not dropped to the degree that many experts had expected, as rising obesity levels among pregnant women increase the risk.

Experts say providing better obstetric care, treating conditions like syphilis, high blood pressure and diabetes in mothers, among other strategies, could save more than 1 million infants every year. The research was paid for by organizations including Save the Children, the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
———————

But then using government resources to treat expectant mothers would be socialism and we can’t have that, can we? Better to let the unborn kids die, right?

JohnnyReb

April 14th, 2011
9:38 am

The abortion issue clearly shows the contrast between political ideoligies. Libs think it’s ok to kill a baby because it has never seen the light of day while at the same time think it’s wrong and immoral to put to death a murderer or child molestor. If that is not wrong thinking, then nothing is. A woman’s time to chose is when she decides whether or not to have sex without having taken proper birth control measures.

emmysmom

April 14th, 2011
9:43 am

Women exercised their “right” to choose long before they chose abortion; i.e., the choice to have unprotected sex, the choice to have unprotected sex at that particular time, the choice to have unprotected sex at that time with that particular man. At abortion, that women “chooses” to take away her baby’s (possibly another woman’s) rights. Unacceptable. Abortion is genocide. Period.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 14th, 2011
9:50 am

inner city abortions=future crime control

TGT

April 14th, 2011
9:54 am

Contraception accounts for about 35 percent of its services; abortion only about three percent.

Nice spin, but anyone with much of a brain knows that PP exists for abortion. Talk about “nonsense!” I’m not sure where the 3% number comes from (other than Wikipedia), butPP’s income from abortions generates over one-third of its revenue.

Really last word

April 14th, 2011
10:06 am

Reproductive rights! Abortions! These are contradictions.
The right for “reproduction” means the right to have a baby . . to “reproduce” ! What does “reproduce” mean . . . it certainly doesn’t mean to “Abort”! Abortion means to terminate a pregnancy/fetus that’s not “reproduction.”
Government shouldn’t pay for abortions! The so-called extra benefits provided by “Family Planning” is also provided by others . . . i.e., mammogram screening, etc. So Family Planning needs to be done away with!!! It is using the other services as a guise to be able to provide abortions!!

Tom B

April 14th, 2011
10:13 am

“The use of race as a wedge …..”

It stings when the other party does it, huh, libs?

Not at the Trough

April 14th, 2011
10:36 am

I am all for terminating unwanted pregnancies. If the woman is on welfare, she should also have her tubes tied. It is more cheaper to terminate a pregnancy than to raise a welfare child. Also, for those Christians out there, why do you want a child to be born in poverty and unloved, to grow up a sad, possibly criminal, figure? Doesn’t sound Christian to me.

willie lynch

April 14th, 2011
10:54 am

Do private doctors report abortion statistics? Do they report STD rates?

Ceasar LeFlore

April 14th, 2011
11:18 am

If you don’t believe Planned Parenthood is racist and seeks to control black population, watch Maafa 21 and think again. And let’s not lose sight of the most important fact in this discussion. Abortion takes the life of an innocent child, no matter what race it is, and no attempt to justify why that may be necessary is acceptable. Life in the womb is just as sacred at that outside of the womb, and sacrificing that life for the sake of a woman’s convenience is unconscionable. And for those who claim an exclusive right for women to decide the fate of that child, consider how helpless a man might feel when he has no way to defend the life of his pre-born child when the mother makes the decision to terminate it.