The Civil Rights Fight of Our Generation

While those in power point to genocide and other human right violations abroad, the real civil rights movement gets little attention in the mainstream press: the genocide of more than one million babies every year right here in the United States, a nation that is purportedly the defender of life and liberty around the world.

Ever since the Supreme Court acted just over forty years ago, more than fifty-five million babies have suffered as a result. Nothing stops a fetus from growing into a full-grown person other than a miscarriage or abortive measures. The hard science is on the pro-life side; life begins at the moment of conception. A fetus has a beating heart at six weeks; at twenty weeks, a fetus can hear and actually recognize a mother’s voice. A fetus can even begin to feel pain as early as eight weeks. A morally just society cannot and must not stand idly by in the midst of outright murder. It is not only morally reprehensible, but it stands in the face of everything this country ever stood for: the protection of the most innocent and a guarantee of equal protection under the African Americans and minority groups are more likely to call themselves “pro-life” than even white Americans. Why is this? Possibly because they, like Alveda King, the niece of the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., understand the importance of having a moral duty to a fellow man. In a 2011 interview, Alveda King commented,

“When we said we will no longer sit on the back of the bus, a place was being reserved for us down at the abortion clinic.”

Today in America, the majority of abortions performed are of minority babies. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011 a whopping 77.56% of all abortions in New York City were of black and Hispanic children. Combined, these groups barely comprise half of the overall population. This trend is the case in every major abortion-providing state. According to the CDC’s 2011 Abortion Surveillance Report, at least sixty percent of babies killed were black and Hispanic in the top ten abortion-providing states.

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Martin Luther King, a very religious man himself, understood the need for a society that upholds the basic rights of man. African Americans lived the life of slavery in this nation for a hundred years, but since then, abortion has killed more black babies, not to mention countless others, than ever before in African American history. Those who truly believe in the legacy of King should take a stand for life at all stages. After all, the abortion movement was founded in part to keep the black population down. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, spoke at numerous Ku Klux Klan rallies. In a 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, Sanger wrote,

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

In later publications, she wrote that “eugenic sterilization is an urgent need” and that “birth control must ultimately lead to a cleaner race.” She went on to say that eugenics is the “most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.” 

Again, this was the woman who founded what is now the largest abortion provider in the United States. Abortion providers bring in over $1.1 billion every year in this country alone. The issue has become an industry that seeks to exploit women, particularly those who are the most susceptible and uneducated. It should be noted that the racist underpinnings of the abortion movement still ring true today, as the vast majority of abortion clinics (around 80%) are located in minority-dominated neighborhoods, and more than thirty percent of all abortions are of black babies, although African Americans only make up less than fifteen percent of the population of the nation. If ever the phrase “black lives matter” was applicable, it is in the struggle of the unborn child.

In her 1922 book entitled The Pivot of Civilization, Sanger wrote, “Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying … demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism.” She went on to write, “We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.” Every baby deserves a chance, but Sanger’s supporters supposedly believe in terminating the lives of minorities and all others who are not deemed worthy enough.

The Blessed Mother Teresa famously said, “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” While the United States looks abroad to denounce cases of genocide and violations of human dignity, we never look in the mirror to acknowledge the greatest offense of them all taking place on our own soil. Not only does this cost us our moral standing in the world, but it also comes with the price tag of over three thousand dead babies each day in the United States.

History will look back at Roe v. Wade just as it did with Plessy v. Ferguson and Dred Scott v. Sanford, as invalidating the rights of a minority and vulnerable group. Will you be on the right side of history?

Vita Saxa

Michael Khan

College, 2018

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