President Bush Fares Better With Black Americans Due to Abortion Views

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 26, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Bush Fares Better With Black Americans Due to Abortion Views

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 26, 2004

Washington, DC ( — Two polls over the last week show that President Bush is faring better with African American voters than he did in the last presidential election and better than previous pro-life Republican candidates have done.

A survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which specializes in studying black issues, shows that Bush has the support of 18 percent of African American voters while a New York Times poll revealed Bush getting the support of 17 percent.

Those figures are low, but they are more than double the 8 percent that Bush received from the black community in 2000.

Why the change?

Star Parker, a pro-life advocate and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, says the importance of religion in the public life of African Americans has always been high, but has never been a part of the voting process until now.

"The interesting reality over recent years has been that blacks have not taken their faith with them into the voting booth as do whites," Parker says. "Regular church attendance has been a reliable predictor of voting behavior among whites, with churchgoers disproportionately voting Republican. Among blacks this has not been the case."

Their strong Christian views have always made the black community fervently pro-life, despite frequent support for candidates who back abortion.

When the NAACP took an official position in favor of abortion earlier this year, which it has since quietly rescinded, a poll conducted by Black Enterprise Magazine found that 60% of African Americans disapproved of the decision.

In an August poll sponsored by Pace University and Rock the Vote, 54 percent of all Americans declared themselves pro-life while just 44 percent said they supported legal abortion. However, African-American voters took a pro-life position by a larger 59 to 42 percent margin.

In a recent poll of Florida voters on the upcoming ballot proposal to allow parents to know when their teenager daughters are considering an abortion, some 77 percent of black Americans backed the pro-life measure.

With black voters so strongly pro-life, Parker says that the increasing desire to support pro-life candidates this election is the beginning of a trend.

"Black pastors and their congregants are waking up to the fact that the liberal agenda that they have been supporting all these years does not liberate but denigrates, dehumanizes, and enslaves," Parker said.

Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited abortions, 14 millions abortions have been performed on black women.

The abortion rate of black women is three times higher than that of white women and 60% of African-American women who become pregnant will have an abortion.