Subject: America’s Battleground Part 5: Planned Parenthood and Racism
Galatians 3:38 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
“Black Lives Matter” has gotten the attention of the national media for their protests that police across the country be held accountable for what they claim is racism against the black community. Their website states “we call upon the Justice Dept. to decrease law-enforcement spending at the local, state and federal levels and reinvest that budgeted money into the black communities most devastated by poverty in order to create jobs, housing and schools.”
There was another protest going on in the past week that drew no national media attention. It was led by Senior Pastor Clenard Childress of the New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey, as he and other black pastors around the nation spoke out against Planned Parenthood’s abortion business targeting the black community: “Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.”
Pastor Childress, known as “The Urban Prophet”, has been honored for over 20 years for his passion to take the pro-life pro-family message of Jesus Christ into the poverty-stricken urban communities. He has been equally outspoken against Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, whose crusade to bring birth control to the inner-city black community has culminated in the destruction of black babies in the womb. As Pastor Childress once said, “the most dangerous place for an African American to be is in the womb of his African American mother.”
To understand how Sanger’s passion for birth control and eugenics has resulted in her founding organization’s focus on abortion, we need to understand more about Sanger herself. ‘The Negro Project’ was launched by her in the 1930’s, outlining a birth control and eugenics program for people she characterized as largely illiterate who “breeded carelessly and disastrously.” In her mind, eugenics combined with birth control would “improve human hereditary traits by reducing the reproduction of those considered unfit to breed.”
The original plan of Sanger’s Negro Project is still in force today. While there is more access to birth control than ever before, almost 40% of all black pregnancies end in induced abortion. It is unconscionable that Planned Parenthood continues claiming “lack of access” while black women access abortion clinics at 5 times the rate of white women. Abortion kills more black lives (363,705) than all other causes of death combined (285,522). In New York City alone, more black babies are aborted than are born alive! While abortion to a Christian is murder, in the black community it is also an epidemic headed by Planned Parenthood. This should be the #1 target of the ‘BlackLives Matter’ movement in America.
But does the church of Jesus Christ have responsibility in this battle? Ironically, Margaret Sanger believes the church (especially the Catholic church) deserves much of the blame for why her eugenics programs are not even more fully implemented in America. In chapter V of Sanger’s book ‘Pivot of Civilization’, she provides her view of Christian charity towards the poor and minority populations: “Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease…Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks [of people] that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant.”
On the flip side, Pastor Childress, by visible demonstration of his leadership, believes God has made it the moral duty of all mankind to defend those who are the most vulnerable to violence in America today and cannot defend themselves – a baby in his mother’s womb.
In our verse this week from Galatians, Paul explains all Christians are part of one spiritual family, so neither ethnicity (“Greek vs. Jew”) nor social status (“Slave vs. free”) nor gender (“male vs. female”) sets a separation between us. If the church actually lived out Galatians 3:38, Christians of all colors would unite as brothers and sisters against Planned Parenthood’s racist targeting of black babies. The outcry in America from the church would be deafening.