New Film Shows How Abortion Hurts Black Women

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 25, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Film Shows How Abortion Hurts Black Women

by Maria Gallagher Staff Writer
March 25, 2004

St. Louis, MO ( — A new film is spotlighting the effect that abortion has had on the lives of black women.

"Tales of Abortion" by noted filmmaker Keith Clinton is expected to touch off a new round of debate about the impact that abortion has had on African-Americans in the U.S.

The film, which debuted in St. Louis, Missouri a few weeks ago during Black History Month, chronicles the stories of black women who have undergone abortions.

In the firm, a computer executive named Clayton was inspired to write an article about abortion, after an encounter with a pro-life activist at his church. He then introduced it to the "Sista CEO," a book club made up of black women who agree to talk about their abortions.

Because of the controversy surrounding his article, Clayton loses his job and earns the disfavor of the abortion industry. But, his work with pro-life activists ultimately lands him a book deal.

According to Clinton, the movie’s director, the film is "powerful and compelling and ends with a twist."

The director collaborated with writer D.S. Bailey, author of "Through the Eyes of a Brotha," to produce the film. The movie is scheduled to screen at the St. Louis Film Festival in June.

Clinton has been involved in movie-making for fifteen years, but now also considers himself to be part of the pro-life movement.

The film comes at a time of increasing concern about the impact of abortion on the African-American community. Abortion is now the leading cause of death among blacks, outpacing cancer, heart disease, and AIDS.

Pro-life leaders such as Day Gardner of Black Americans for Life and the Rev. Clenard Childress of the Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) have been outspoken in calling for an end to the abortion epidemic — they refer to it as "black genocide."

And yet, as reported by, the NAACP, which has been long associated with the cause of advancing civil rights, recently stunned many blacks by taking a pro-abortion position.

Pro-life black leaders see the NAACP stand as a way to help promote the candidacy of Democratic Presidential contender John Kerry, who has a solid pro-abortion voting record in the U.S. Senate.

According to Childress and other prominent black Americans who are pro-life, the devastation abortion has caused in the black community is staggering.

It is estimated that more than 1400 black children die each day from abortion. Three out of every five pregnant African-American women undergo abortions. Since 1973, more than 13 million black children have been killed as a result of legal abortion.

While a number of black pastors have now aligned themselves with pro-abortion organizations, that was not always the case, according to Childress.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, the preeminent leader of the ‘60s civil rights movement, once wrote, "The early church brought an end to such things as infanticide." The quotation appeared in one of King’s most celebrated works, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

Even the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who is now pro-abortion, once staunchly opposed the practice.

Jackson once said, "Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder, they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore abortion can be justified."

Childress believes the abortion industry has exploited blacks for profit.

He notes that one-third of all abortions are performed on African-American women and he estimates that the abortion industry over the years has received more than four billion dollars from the black community.

Day has been equally vocal about the fact that the abortion industry has profited at the expense of black women. When she was named director of Black Americans for Life, Gardner said, "It is time that American Black women stand up and say ‘no’ to abortion. We don’t need the ‘Pro-Choice’ movement’s false promises that by killing our unborn children we will somehow have a ‘better’ life.

Related web sites:
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