What is the #1 killer of African Americans?
A. Homicide
C. Abortion
D. None of the above

Believe it or not, the answer is C. In America today, almost as many African-American children are aborted as are born. As a matter of fact, a black baby is three times more likely to be murdered in the womb than a white baby. Do you find it difficult to believe that twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from
AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined? What would you do if you found out that every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history?
Since January 1973, abortion has been legal. The legality of the controversial topic was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the Roe vs. Wade case, where 7 out of 9 Supreme Court Judges ruled that a woman had complete freedom over her pregnancy in the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy. Since then, there have been changes in the law allowing women to now have abortions as late as their third trimester.

One of the most boisterous advocates of abortion was Margaret Sanger. Sanger, the founder of the American Birth Control League spoke of birth control, abortion and the sterilization of those she deemed as unfit as the “salvation of American Civilization.” Sanger’s promotion of population control and birth control among the “unfit” led to the birth of her larger vision–The Negro Project.

The Negro Project was developed by Sanger after she merged ABCL and her Clinical Research Bureau to form the Birth Control Federation of America in 1939. The project was developed to be a traveling road show, putting black ministers, doctors, nurses and others considered to be authority figures in positions where they would appear to be in charge while promoting the ideas of Sanger and her colleagues. Today, although 13 percent of American women are black, they submit to over 35 percent of the abortions.

Sanger recognized that her audience would ultimately take offense to her ideas, deeming them as an extermination plot on blacks. This extermination plot–or black genocide, as other may call it–is one of the most prevalent arguments submitted against abortions and the facilities that conduct them. Sanger’s vision ultimately became what you now know to be Planned Parenthood. Did you know that today, Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods?

There are many arguments against abortion and many for abortion. I’m sure you’ve heard them as Pro-choice and Pro-life. Have you considered a Pro-Christ position? As you well know, life begins at conception. Psalm 139:13-14 teaches, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

As we celebrate the holiday season, let us reflect on everything that has brought us to this point. However corny it may sound, Jesus is the reason for the season. Think about what could have happened if Mary and Joseph had “weighed their options”. Would there still be a Christmas? Would we even know of a Messiah born in a manger? Mary and Joseph were young, soon to be married, and expecting a child that they had not conceived together.

What if Mary, a young, soon to be mother would have had an abortion?

Meditate on the information provided. Develop questions, and seek to find the answers to those questions. No matter what conclusion you may come to, remember that pregnancy and childbirth are issues that must be taken seriously, and that the choices surrounding pregnancy could ultimately affect more people than you know. Let us not just celebrate Jesus’ birth this holiday season. Let us celebrate life. Let us celebrate Christ. Be Pro-Christ!

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