WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. is reminding Americans that abortion is the ultimate form of racism.
In an interview with lifenews.com Monday, Dr. Alveda King reflected on the sinful nature of racism and pointed to the theological and biological unity of all peoples.
"Racism is sin. Hatred is sin. ... The big lie is that we are separate races, when in fact the spiritual, scientific and biological fact is that we are one blood; one human race. Racism and hatred are deadly."
As director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American outreach of Priests for Life and the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization, King has made it her mission to "clearly and forcefully ... heighten awareness in the black community that civil rights begin when life begins."
King is among a growing number of African-American pro-life advocates, aiming to invigorate the movement in the black community. Though "Black Lives Matter" has become a popular catchphrase in the last few years, too often, these leaders say, black lives in the womb are overlooked.
"We can talk all day about 'black lives matter,' but if we exclude abortion from this discussion, we've excluded the fundamentals of this discussion," explains pro-life advocate Star Parker. "If black lives matter, then black women matter ... if black lives matter, then black children matter ... if black lives matter, then black babies matter."
Conservative leader E.W. Jackson, head of Staying True to America's National Destiny (STAND), affirms Parker's contention. "We want people to understand this is a vital interest to black people," he says.
Parker's assertion is underscored by the fact that African-American babies are at greater risk from the abortion industry than any other demographic.
The statistics surrounding abortion of African-American babies are eye-opening. Research conducted by Protecting Black Life and outreach of Life Issues Institute shows that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities are located in or within walking distance of predominately African-American and Latino communities.
African-Americans have a disproportionately high abortion rate; though they make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise 30 percent of the country's abortions.
The abortion rate for black teenagers is more than double the national average. For women ages 15–19, the national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000. For African-American women ages 15–19, the abortion rate is 41 per 1,000.
From its very beginning under founder Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood has targeted black Americans. Sanger herself was a racist and a eugenicist, who advanced contraception to weed out the "unfit" from American society. She even launched an operation, her "Negro Project," targeting the birth rate among African-Americans.
Planned Parenthood's mentality toward the black community is little changed, as demonstrated by a series of undercover investigations by pro-life group, Live Action.
Live Action investigators called affiliates of the abortion giant, posing as racist donors offering to donate money to abort only black babies, specifically stating intent to "lower the number of blacks in America." Planned Parenthood staff accepted the money without hesitation.
"For whatever reason, we will accept the money," said a staffer in Ohio.
"You sure can donate specifically to the abortion of a black baby," said another in Oklahoma.
Despite all this, the NAACP strongly supports abortion — a stance African-American pro-life leaders are working to reverse.
During the NAACP's July convention in Baltimore, Reverend Clenard Childress, Jr., a leading pro-life advocate in the black community, called on the NAACP to renounce its support for abortion, noting that African-American babies suffer the country's highest abortion rate.
Childress is the founder of BlackGenocide.org, a site highlighting abortion's disproportionate effect on black people, and he is a representative of the Life Education And Resource Network (LEARN), the country's largest African-American pro-life organization. He denounces the NAACP's position, affirming that abortion "is causing black genocide."
"The most dangerous place for an African-American to be is in the womb of their African-American mother," Childress laments.
Indeed, with almost 1,800 African-American babies aborted daily, abortion is the greatest destroyer of black lives in the United States today.