Black Pro-Life Leader Defends Congressman Trent Franks on Abortion-Slavery

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Black Pro-Life Leader Defends Congressman Trent Franks on Abortion-Slavery

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 1
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A prominent black pro-life leader is coming to the defense of Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona, who has been slammed over the last few days in the mainstream media and on Internet blogs for his comments saying that abortion has been worse for the African-American community than slavery.

As LifeNews.com reported, Franks released a new video in which he makes the remarks and points out how abortion disproportionately targets the black community.

"And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted," Franks says. "Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?"

Although abortion advocates and the media are calling Franks an extremist who should be ignored, Day Gardner, the president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, says he is right on track.

"Face it America, he’s right. Abortion has exacted a greater toll on blacks than slavery," she told LifeNews.com.

"Our country brutally enslaved four million people, denying them their rights, their freedom and many times their lives. Rep. Franks is simply comparing that horrific truth to another horrific truth — which is that abortion has killed more than 17 million black people," Gardner said.

"Slavery is a terrible stain on the fabric of America that can never be fully washed away," the black pro-life leader continued. "The stain of abortion is every bit as terrible and even more atrocious than slavery in light of the fact that the victims of abortion are totally helpless–they are unable to run away, unable hide or defend themselves."

Gardner calls the "devastation of abortion in the black community" a "hard truth" and she says "Franks and other members of Congress stand with us to right this terrible wrong."

She urged more of her black brothers and sisters "to speak up and stand up to those who would have us believe the lie–that poor, under privileged black children are expendable and worthless."

Gardner also went further than Franks and said the pro-life movement within the African-American community is " the underground railroad of our time and Congressman Trent Franks should be revered as a great modern day abolitionist."

Statistics from the federal government and the mainstream media appear to back up Franks’ point that abortions target black women.

According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control, while black women represent 12.5% of American females they have 38.2% of all abortions, according to the authors.

The rate is so high that ABC News recently focused on it during a news feature.

The news outlet interviewed Catherine Davis of Georgia Right to Life, a black woman who is upset at how abortion adversely affects her community.

"My people are dying. My people are dying, and nobody cares that my people are dying. And I want people to be, to look at this. Is there any truth to what we are saying?" she said.

And ABC News correspondent Steve Osunsami admitted that even black Americans have historically been concerned about the racial component of abortion.

"Among African-Americans, this argument that abortion is bad for the race is an old one, but it’s not usually debated so openly. As far back as the 1940s, many black Americans resisted abortion, quietly fearing that abortion was an attempt at black extermination," he explained.

And in Georgia, a state with a higher percentage of blacks than most, he noted that abortions run high in the black community.

"It is true that, of the 35,000 women in Georgia who received abortions in 2008, nearly 21,000 were black women, more than twice the number of white women. Nationally, while black women are one and a half times more likely than white women to become pregnant, the CDC says black women are three times more likely to get an abortion," he explained.

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