“There is a “sanctity” involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it. Dreadful indeed it is to see a starving child, but the answer to that is not to prevent the child’s arrival but to restructure the world so that the child can live in it: so that the “vital interest” of the world becomes nothing less than the life of the child”. ~James Baldwin.
When it comes to discussing the subject of abortions and a woman’s right over her body, things can get heated real quick. No independent woman wants to be dictated on what she can and cannot do with her body. At one point of my life, I was that modern woman who understood her rights. I was pro-choice and all for women being able to determine whether or not they choose to go through with an unwanted pregnancy, but have changed my opinion on the matter. Now before you get your panties in a bunch, I’m not saying women should not have the rights over their bodies. If a woman is raped I do believe she should have the option to choose if she wants to bring that child into the world. However, I do believe that black women should re-evaluate their use of abortions and get an understanding of how it affects the community.
Who gets to choose?
It takes two to tangle, the same should apply to the decision of bringing a child into the world. Sometimes us women can be a bit selfish when it comes to making the decision on abortion. We feel that it is our body and we have every right to decide on our own, whether or not we choose to terminate a pregnancy. But is that really fair to the father of that child? When a woman decides that she is willing to bring life into the world, she can do just that against the father’s will. He can still be held liable for the child even if he felt he wasn’t ready to take care of another being.
On the other hand, if the father determines that he would like to have the baby and the mother opposes, there isn’t much he can do about it. The choice is ultimately left up to the mother because it’s her body and her decision. This can be a double negative for the father of the unborn child, no matter what both him and the fetus are at the mercy of the mother and whatever she chooses to do.
What happens to the fetus?
Has anyone ever thought about exactly what happens to the fetus after an abortion is performed? According to lifenews.com, some babies are cremated, while others are thrown out on the curb with the trash, and the rest are shipped to a pathology lab for research. Once the fetus is removed from the mother’s body, the doctors can do whatever they please with the baby. Some may not care to know exactly what happens to the fetus, but with the history of unethical medical experiments on black bodies in the United States. Like the cloning of Henrietta Lack’s cells, what happens with your DNA after an abortion should very much be a concern for all of us.
Margaret Sanger who is the founder of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider believed, “colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Sanger was a racist who created The Negro Project in conjunction with American Birth Control League and Sanger’s Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau, to sterilize black woman and any other woman she considered as vermin of society without their consent. It just so happens that majority of planned parenthood offices are located in communities where the number of minorities exceeds the city and state average. The strategic placement of the clinics seems more like a calculated move to aid in the extermination of minority babies than a crazy coincidence.
Abortion is the number one killer in the black community, bypassing heart disease, cancer, and homicides. Many times when referring to death within the African American community I hear, “we need to stop all this black on black crime”. You rarely hear someone refer to abortions as an issue within our community, even though it accounts for the highest number of black on black deaths. An average of 1,876 black babies are aborted in the United States daily, that’s about 30 percent of pregnancies ending in abortion, not including miscarriages.
Black women should take into account that we may be doing more harm to our community than the men we blame for destroying it with violence. Abortions are murder no matter which way you look at it, you are still assisting in the killing of a human being.
An abortion should only be used for emergency situations. Both men and women need to take greater precautions if they are not ready to be parents. Somehow our community has become so comfortable with abortions that they’ve become as casual as a yearly visit to a gynecologist. Abortions should not now, or ever be treated like birth control. We as a people should become more conscious of the meaning of sex. Sex is not just for pleasure, the act is done to reproduce and bring new life into the world. Again if both partners aren’t ready to bring new life into the world, condoms or abstinence is always an option to prevent unwanted children. Birth control pills/ shots, IUD’s, and the morning after pill should be viewed with the same microscopic eye as abortions.