Pro-Life Advocate Says Abortion Unfairly Targets the Black Community

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 23, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocate Says Abortion Unfairly Targets the Black Community

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 23, 2004

Washington, DC ( — In light of February’s Black History Month, one pro-life advocate says more attention needs to be paid to how abortion exploits black women and unfairly targets the African-American community.

"Abortion is the number-one killer of African Americans, killing more Black people than all other causes combined," Day Gardner, director, Black Americans for Life, said at a press conference last week.

"By the end of this very day, 1,200 Black babies — the babies that ensure our future — will die," Gardner added.

African Americans make up 13 percent of the population, yet African-American women have more than 35% of all abortions in the United States. The abortion rate of Black women is three times that of White women.

Gardner said the most recent census shows that black Americans are not longer the largest minority group in the United States. She attributes that to the 14 million abortions of African-American children since Roe v. Wade.

For years, pro-life groups have criticized the abortion businesses for sometimes locating their facilities in predominantly black communities.

Gardner said abortion makes a certain class of people "less than human" just as slavery made black Americans seem less than human.

"Slavery — a time when every black man, woman, and child was owned, considered property like an animal. We struggled and survived slavery … and dreamed of changing the future," Gardner explained.

"I urge the African-American community during Black History Month to remember where we came from. We are a strong people. And we must not buy the lie! The lie that says that by killing our unborn babies we will somehow miraculously have a better life."