We celebrated Juneteenth 2013 this week on June 19. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas back in 1865. The name is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth
But America can't truly be free until black, brown, and poor women and their babies are free.
This Juneteenth marked 150 years since the emancipation of black slaves in America, yet some didn't get the news until two-and-a-half years later. The revealing executive order below shows how deep seated inequity was — and still is in America.
The slaves were advised to stay on the plantations and work for wages, yet the order didn't include mandated wages. An incomplete formula results in years of chaos.
"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor,” according to General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865. “The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere."
Now in 2013, Obamacare and uncontrollable abortion and reproductive genocide is taking a chaotic toll on women's wombs and America's families.
Speaking for a growing army of women, I and many of my associates are demanding liberty for babies and mothers. Congressman Trent Franks, a stalwart supporter of life, offered a bill to prevent abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy.
Immediately, pro-abortion advocates trotted out their stale arguments that banning abortions after the fifth month will somehow jeopardize the health of rape and incest victims as well as women whose health is “endangered by the pregnancy.”
Every time a pro-life legislator takes steps to rein in the out-of-control abortion industry, pro-abortion women attack.
Omitted from the discussion is the impact abortion has on the woman who exercise their choice in the fifth, sixth, and 7th months. As we learned in the Gosnell trial, some woman have abortions in the 8th or 9th month of pregnancy.
Mr. Franks stated that the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancies that are aborted in the sixth month of pregnancy or later is “very low.” How is stating this fact controversial? He's trying to save babies’ lives — yet America can't truly be free until black, brown and poor women and their babies are free "like the late-term babies that convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell joked about when he said they “could walk to the bus stop.”
Congressman Franks would have them live. For this, he is being viciously attacked.
“Abortion supporters continually use rape and incest as a smoke screen and I’m sick of it,” said my friend Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union. "Do women who suffer the terrible and brutal crime of rape sometimes seek an abortion? Yes! Do women who conceive during rape allow their child to be adopted into a loving family or decide to raise, love and nurture their child?
Yes! Pro choicers misuse the terrible crimes of rape and incest to ensure the continuation of abortion at all costs.
The smoke screen is used all too often to detract from the fact that abortion is a gory and savage practice that kills babies at all stages of life, and sometimes kills women,” she explained.
Along with Day, other women are raising the awareness bar. “I am haunted by Tonya Reaves”, said Catherine Davis, Founding Member of the National Black Prolife Coalition. “Planned Parenthood callously left this young woman bleeding in their facility for more than five hours. They could have, and should have, transported her the 1.7 miles to the nearest trauma center where her life could have been saved after they perforated her uterus and left parts of the baby inside her. She did not have to die, yet those who claim to be fighting for women’s health have yet to tell women their very lives, like Tonya’s, is in jeopardy”, Davis said.
We firmly believe Representative Franks is right to omit method of conception exceptions from bills he sponsors. We believe he is right in seeking to ban abortions after the fifth month when the life and health of the mother is critically endangered.
Again America can't be free until everyone — from the womb to the tomb — is regarded as a person, created by God with certain inalienable rights.
I for one like God's plan for emancipation, better termed Jubilee. I can't help but believe that abortion isn't included in this promise:
The first Jubilee
“In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land.
“Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan. This fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year you must not plant your fields or store away any of the crops that grow on their own, and don’t gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must keep it holy.
“But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own. In the year of Jubilee each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors. When you make an agreement with your neighbor to buy or sell property, you must not take advantage of each other. When you buy land from your neighbor, the price you pay must be based on the number of years since the last jubilee.
“The seller must set the price by taking into account the number of years remaining until the next year of Jubilee. The more years until the next jubilee, the higher the price; the fewer years, the lower the price. After all, the person selling the land is actually selling you a certain number of harvests. Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 25:8-17 NLT)”
Let Freedom Ring for the born and unborn!
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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