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

The Woz

April 14th, 2011
11:37 am

Why did they lose the battle to show that PP is in the abortion business? I think Tucker is talking out of her hat again. Hoping she can assert her way to facts that she cannot prove.

Mr Right

April 14th, 2011
11:38 am

The most dangerous place in America is in the womb of a liberal !!

Jamal

April 14th, 2011
12:02 pm

About 37 percent of abortions are obtained by black women, although they account for less than seven percent of the population.

WOW

No wonder everyone calls ‘em ho’s in the rap videos…..no wonder few black kids have real dads…..these hos need to close their legs already

PollyB

April 14th, 2011
12:05 pm

black wimen tend to be poorer than whites, that’s why more are getting pregnant….last time I checked condoms cost about 50 cent , are you telling me they can’t afford a condom, with all the hair weaves, fake nails, hip hop clothes, car rims,…they can’t afford a 50 cent insurance policy to keep from becoming pregnant……how foolish do you think your readers are?

Almost 20 (Now 20)

April 14th, 2011
12:09 pm

As Van Wilder would say: “Don’t be a fool, wrap your tool”

Hope & Change

April 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

CT-

So is a black preacher that opposes murdering babies a racist as well?

Anything to deflect from the newest stupiest Presidential speech in world history, ehh sweetheart? ;)

Blog Goddess

April 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

Some of you on this blog should’ve been aborted — it would’ve saved a lot of people from reading your stupid azz comments. Sheesh!!

Blog Goddess

April 14th, 2011
12:21 pm

last time I checked condoms cost about 50 cent , are you telling me they can’t afford a condom, with all the hair weaves, fake nails, hip hop clothes, car rims,…

Oy the stoooopid!! It hurts, the stoopid just hurts so bad!

Good grief

April 14th, 2011
1:26 pm

Now blacks are claiming to be less than 7% of the population!?!?!? And here I’ve been thinking the 12% lie we have been hearing for decades was hilarious!!!!

Given the fact the first thing black women ask one another upon meeting is “how many kids you got?,” I think its safe to say that figure is closer to 40%

Laura

April 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

So, Cynthia, you’re good with “If the government won’t love my baby (beyond utero) and provide for it, I’ll just kill it”? Should we provide financial support to all these children who have been irresponsibly conceived so the mothers will have incentive not to commit murder?

Buster Collins

April 14th, 2011
1:59 pm

I was an unplanned pregnancy. The very name “Planned Parenthood” is offensive to me.

Guy Incognito

April 14th, 2011
1:59 pm

I’ve wondered that as well Laura. Why not make it legal to retroactively abort your kid. After all, it’s the mother’s right to choose

Sammy

April 14th, 2011
2:24 pm

When Bush was president Tucker thundered about high gas prices destroying America and the hidden tax on the working people not to mention her dark innuendos about “big oil”:. Now that Obama is president and gas is through the roof, it’s crickets from the resident hypocrite at the AJC.

donner

April 14th, 2011
3:06 pm

@ Sammy

That is because Tucker is the most dishonest, least intelligent and creative propagandist around. Her commentary is beyond being simply irrational.

If Obama was caught on video clubbing baby seals she would say he is only concerned about thier population and lack of food supply.

She makes “crazy” look sane.

tasha

April 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

CT

If you believe you are right then please acccept FOX’s invute on any of thier opinion shiws and debate the issues. I’m O’Rielly and Hannity would love to have you on.

Hidung

tasha

April 14th, 2011
3:52 pm

Hiding on here and that anti-American cesspool known as MSNBC only makes you look like a lying coward