Why is there a higher abortion rate of babies born to Black mothers than those of other races? This question is way out of my spectrum focus and ministry. It is – except for the fact that I care for everyone and I believe the Bible.  Susan Cohen of the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion advocate correctly surmises the dilemma;”This much is true: In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.  Antiabortion activists, including some African-American pastors, have been waging a campaign around this fact. . .” [1] Even an abortion advocate had to admit the facts in spite of her ‘rangling’ justifications.

In this article, I am not addressing the educational, social, and political reasons for abortions. Since 1973, Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land.  There is not much anyone has done to reverse it, so far.

And I was thinking of Martin Luther King and what he would think about aborting Black babies. His sermon, “I have a dream”, certainly couldn’t include the eliminating of unwanted babies from any ethnic group! I know that he, being a Baptist Preacher of the Gospel, believed in liberty for all Men, Women and Children. He non-violently arose to the defense for the right of a Black woman to ride anywhere on a bus she chose. He led the fight against racial social preferences, courtroom sub-versions, KKK Cross burnings, hangings, and mutilations of all those who were freed from the Emancipation Declaration.

All Baptist preachers have in their Bible Psalms 139:13-34 which is the epitome in scriptures of God’s creation process for everyone. Even Dr. King read and preached from this passage on numerous occasions:

v. 13, 14 “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well”.

Amazingly, another scripture in this passage certainly directs my mind how to categorize those who would break one commandment and then to break another.”

v. 19 “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men”.

I am not an Anti-Abortion activist and have never protested an abortion clinic, neither have I marched with those who have and do.  I do believe ‘No baby should be left behind’!   I believe God is the Creator. He created the first human parents and has been creating mankind from the wombs of mothers ever since.  The Bible is very clear on this subject!

1 John1:9, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

Being a typical Baptist Preacher, it has been my passion to preach the Gospel to all people, no matter their ethnicity. ”Red and yellow, black or white; they are precious in His sight” has always been my socio-religious mantra. Not only this, but also to win them to Christ and baptize them into my congregation. Disciple everyone has been my effort through out my frugal lifetime ministry.  I have counseled mothers and have arranged adoptions of dozens of “inconvenient children” before and after delivery of God’s blessed arrivals into the hands of ’wanting parents’.

With the “inconvenient birth” of Affirmative Action into our white dominated society, societal fairness was the goal, but new inequities have emerged. The minority race has the same rights in everything educational, vocational and political as the majority race and even more in many instances. Unfortunately, this includes abortion rights, as well. Now the Black community has exceeded the norm of other races. More of their babies are now being aborted than allowed to live. Is this equal justice? No! It is not!

Now, It has been a peripheral thought of mine as to what the Dr. Martin Luther King had to say about aborting Black children. Then one day, while watching television, I was mesmerized in hearing his niece, Alveda King affirm her pro-life stance and identifies Dr. King as a pro-lifer as well.

From the article “What Martin Luther King called evil, Barack Obama calls good.” written by Dr Clenard H Childress, Jr, I found the quote from Dr King that I was hoping existed.

And it did exist! In the August 10, 2008 issue of RenewAmerica.com,  http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/childress/081028,  Dr Childress wrote an amazing article for all to read. I copied only his quote from Dr. King making the point as to the power of a few Christians making a difference. Read the above link to read the whole article. Save Dr. King’s quote below to convince the naysayers.

There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and outside agitators. But the Christians pressed on in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide.”   (bold and underline is mine)

Is it time to bring the percentages of Black babies aborted to the same of Hispanic and White babies! Yes! They should all be the same percentages. Zero!

The above quote is from Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., the senior pastor of The New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ. He is the founder of the website Blackgenocide.org and president of Life Education And Resource Network, Northeast. LEARN is the largest African-American pro-life group in the US.

[1] http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/11/3/gpr110302.html