If Black Lives Matter, We Should Defund Planned Parenthood, Not the Police

Opinion   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 10, 2020   |   9:30AM   |   Washington, DC

What’s the largest killer of black Americans? The police, the coronavirus or abortion?

If you answered abortion, you’d be right on target. Yet liberals in America only seem to be concerned with rare instances of police brutality — which is horrific and should be stopped — while ignoring the brutality of abortion and the killing of black babies in abortions.

Alveda King, the director of the Civil Rights for the Unborn outreach through Priests for Life and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has expressed sorrow at the 61 million unborn babies who have been aborted, including 20 million unborn black babies, since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

“In New York City, more black babies are aborted than born,” King said. “It’s not racist to point out this truth. It is racist to perpetuate this genocide.”

Census data indicates that African Americans are about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And the Planned Parenthood abortion business kills 247 black babies in abortions every single day.

So if Americans truly want to stop racism, conservative writer Matt Walsh argues Americans should support defunding Planned Parenthood.

Since we are on the subject of defunding things in order to protect black lives, it seems someone should make the rather obvious and unavoidable point. While defunding the police is sure to kill many more black people than it saves, defunding Planned Parenthood, and then abolishing abortion entirely, is sure to save many millions of lives while costing none.

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Abortion has destroyed over 60 million people in this country since Roe v. Wade. A disproportionate number of the victims are black. Indeed, the black abortion rate is nearly 4 times higher than the white abortion rate. In some American cities, the situation has gotten so bad that more black babies are aborted than born. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, about 30 percent of the women who obtain abortions outside of hospitals are black. And this despite black women accounting for only 13 percent of the women in the United States.

Doing the math, and taking into account the 330,000 abortions Planned Parenthood alone performs every year, it is fair to estimate that Planned Parenthood kills close to 100,000 black people annually. For comparison sake, police killed 1,000 people total last year — white, black, armed, and unarmed. Comparing just the number of unarmed black people killed by both groups, the ratio is 100,000 to 9. And yet police are the greatest threat to black lives?

Walsh says that if black lives really matter, the lives of black people before birth should matter too.

If black life matters inherently (and it certainly does), then it matters from the first moment that it comes into existence. Any quality or value that is earned or achieved over time is by definition not inherent. So, a black life that really matters, has always mattered. And that means that a black baby in the womb matters. He matters as much as George Floyd, and he has as much value.

There is no such thing as a pro-abortion Black Lives Matter movement. To be pro-abortion is to reject the premise that life inherently matters. It is to see life as a commodity whose value is dependent on various external factors. If this is all you intend to communicate with the slogan “black lives matter,” then you shouldn’t say it, because you don’t mean it. But if you do mean it, then welcome to the pro-life movement.

Well said!