Pastor Walter Moss has made it his mission to reach the African American community with the truth about abortion.
In an interview with Live Action News, Moss described the joys and disappointments that he has experienced in his decades of pro-life work.
“Speak up, speak out and be visible” is his mission and his advice to other pro-life advocates. He said the best place for pro-lifers to start is in their local communities.
“It’s important to remember that activism starts at the local level,” he said. “In order to combat legislation that allows tax-payer funded abortions, we must first elect pro-life city and state representatives.”
Moss, an Ohio pastor, has served in many different roles in the pro-life movement, including as chaplain for 40 Days for Life, an advocate with the National Black Pro-Life Coalition and a founder of the Pregnancy Support Center in Stark County, Ohio, according to the report.
He traced his pro-life ministry back to his mother, who was unwed when she gave birth to him. He told Live Action that she attended prayer meetings regularly while she was pregnant and trusted in God with their lives.
“I always had an affinity for unwed mothers,” he said. Even at a young age, “I knew I wanted to be involved somehow in the pro-life movement, but I didn’t know how or in what way.”
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After graduating from Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Moss said he began doing prison ministry in the U.S. and missions work in Africa and the Caribbean. But advocacy for unborn babies and mothers remained in his mind.
“God had always placed it on my heart to speak out more strongly about the impact of abortions on the black population,” he told Live Action.
Since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, an estimated 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted in America. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And New York City health statistics show that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born most years.
Moss became more involved in pro-life ministry after learning about a young college student who was pregnant and needed support. He worked together with others in Stark County to found the Pregnancy Support Center to provide assistance and encouragement to mothers and babies in need, according to the report.
Then, he and his wife began traveling to speak at African American churches about the devastating impact of abortion and the need to defend life. Their mission to the black community has been an uphill battle, however, because the abortion industry has been targeting and deceiving black mothers for decades.
“The abortion industry is very adept at its messaging to women of color who often grew up believing the myth that a fetus is just a clump of cells or another form of birth control,” Moss told Live Action. “Worse, they are taught unwanted babies are the ‘enemy of women.’”
He said abortion has been pushed on African Americans for decades, so the false ideology sometimes is shared from mother to daughter or grandmother to mother to daughter.
“They are unaware of the drastic reduction in the black population from abortions,” Moss continued. “So, they go on to terminate their pregnancies, thinking it’s the best solution because that’s what they’ve been told. This has to change, and it will take more pro-life advocates in the black community to speak the truth and help break the cycle of cultural influence and generational misinformation.”
Recently, Moss said he spoke at an event in Alton, Illinois where only eight black people attended. However, he is determined to keep fighting for life.
“I will never stop inviting people of color to attend pro-life events,” he told Live Action. “Persistence is the key to attract and activate the Black and Hispanic communities. For as long as I can, I will continue to expose the horrors of the abortion industry.”