Should you be killed because of your race? Congressman Trent Franks and perhaps millions of Americans don’t think so. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the congressional record or lack thereof of genuine legislation that combats racism on every front; beginning with our children in the wombs of oppressed mothers.
Not long ago, Congressman Franks bravely introduced a bill in Congress to answer the issue regarding race-selection abortions and sex-based abortions. Yes, among the many reasons babies are aborted includes not wanting a girl or a boy; or not wanted a “mixed” or ethnically blended baby. Unbelievable but true; people sometimes abort babies for these reasons.
The PRENDA Bill (Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act) responds to this mentality with a resounding “No!” The problem is that PRENDA was watered down the first time around by excluding the race provision and weakly supporting the sex-based clause. The initial bill didn’t pass, and for certain political reasons, including closet racism, it hasn’t been receiving much attention since that time.
Racism isn’t new and has not been eradicated even until now in the 21st century. Racism still wears many hats and faces. For example, recently an MSNBC employee stirred up racial strife with a tweet over a Cheerios cereal commercial featuring an interracial family, tweeting "Maybe the right wing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family."
Well, the conservative community didn’t roll over and play dead. There was a big hue and cry because of the unseemly race-baiting complications.
For the majority of our nation’s history, there have been people who while giving lip service to racial equality, secretly support racism, including race-selection abortions by looking the other way against the truth; or even going so far as to support genocidal eugenics organizations like Planned Parenthood out in the open.
Racism isn’t new. For centuries, lethal beatings, shootings, and lynching of African Americans happened all too frequently and, in numbers that will never be known, without official notice or legal consequence. The same thing is happening with abortion today. Undocumented race abortions and sex-based abortions are happening without official notice or legal consequence.
Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 promised to change that racial climate in America. Following the passage of that historic law, our federal government had a new basis upon which to prosecute those who took innocent lives on the basis of race — the denial of the victims’ civil rights.
This year, let’s include the womb babies in the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Let’s regard everyone’s dignity and civil rights as worthy of equal protection under the law; for the born and pre-born.
By law, from the moment after we’re born, we are not to be discriminated against because of our race or our sex. Without PRENDA however, during all the moments before a baby is born, he or she can be denied civil and human rights because of race, your sex, or for any reason at all.
“When we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won't exploit people, we won't trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won't kill anybody.” — Dr. MLK's 1967 Christmas Sermon.
For much of our history and in more places than we’d like to admit, African Americans could be kidnapped, beaten, and left in shallow, unmarked graves. Today, if you’re still growing in the womb you can be grabbed, dismembered, and your remains hauled away with no one ever hearing of you again.
We had “non-persons” then; we have “non-persons” now. PRENDA can help level the playing field.
PRENDA is simple, direct, and should not be controversial. It just declares that an abortionist cannot perform an abortion if he knows that it’s being done because of the race or sex of the child or the race of a parent. What’s more, the bill states that no one can coerce a woman into having an abortion because of the race or sex of her baby.
Urge Congress to help end racism and end the war on women. Urge a PRENDA revote with a unanimous PASS.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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