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Media's Silence Deafening On Black Anti-Abortion Efforts

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Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in Washington, D.C. last month. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for The Roosevelt Institute)

Clarence V. McKee By Friday, 24 May 2019 06:01 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

If you think the pro-abortion major media’s silence on the accomplishments of the Trump administration is deafening, it's nothing compared to how it ignores the black anti-abortion movement.

As abortion rights advocates hold rallies across the country to protest the recent wave of laws passed by states garners massive media attention, coverage of black anti-abortion activities is virtually non-existent.

While most of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates follow the lead of the Democratic governors of New York and Virginia, supporting infanticide and late term abortions, the major media plays down the fact that there are many prominent blacks and several black organizations opposed to abortion who support laws such as the recently signed Georgia "fetal heartbeat" law?

The major media did not tell America that Newsmax Insider colleague, and Georgian, Evangelist Dr. Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, not only attended the Georgia bill signing ceremony, but worked with the National Black Pro-Life Coalition — a network of organizations and individuals working together to end abortion — to help get the bill through the Georgia Legislature.

King, the niece of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, recently said that the purpose of laws like that in Georgia is to give "civil rights to babies in the womb and protect women, not punish them."

While the media gave nearly as much attention to the new Georgia anti-abortion law as it did to Planned Parenthood supporter Stacey Abrams — who continues to blame her loss in the governor's race on suppression of the black vote — there was little mention of the black abortion rate in Georgia.

In a February 11, 2019 article entitled Abortion’s Devasting Impact Upon Black Americans in “Public Discourse,” the Journal of the Witherspoon Institute, Arthur Goldberg put Abrams complaints in perspective.

He said that Abrams' silence on the staggering number of abortions in the black community "was deafening" adding that the "inconvenient truth of black genocide significantly decreased the potential black population of Georgia over the past 50 years."

To support his argument, he cited Center for Disease Control Statistics (CDC) on Georgia abortion rates:

" . . . while African-Americans constitute 32.2 percent of Georgia’s population, 62.4 percent of abortions in Georgia are performed on African-American women. By contrast, whites constitute 60.8 percent of the Georgia population, but only 24.7 percent of abortions were performed on white women."

This is just what many black-pro-life advocates have been saying.

Catherine Davis of the Restoration Project, who attended the Bill signing ceremony with King, said:

"I believe abortion is genocidal by design. When Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers say there’s no racial impetus to their agenda, they are spitting in our faces and calling it rain…there is a racial impetus and it is decimating the black community today."

These are not the only black anti-abortion activists ignored by the major media.

Day Gardner is president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, a member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition and a member of the Project 21 national advisory council.

In January, Gardner joined a coalition of black anti-abortion supporters in sending an open letter to the president saying, in part, ". . . There is very little if any protection for the unborn human baby . . . we urge you to make a public declaration to this effect; that abortion of a child in the womb is a crime against humanity . . . "

She has also connected abortion to the KKK, black genocide. and abortion writing in the Christian News Wire: "The KKK brutally killed about 3,500 black people since it began in 1865, (Margaret) Sanger's Planned Parenthood is responsible for 19 million black deaths since 1973."

You can bet that neither the open letter nor her article received significant, if any, coverage in the major media just as is the case with most information about the black anti-abortion movement.

The same can be said about the Radiance Foundation’s "Black Children Are An Endangered Species,"  "" "," and other billboard ad-campaigns in black communities informing blacks of the perils of abortion and the virtues of adoption, family, and fatherhood.

One of the few cases of major media attention to the black anti-abortion movement was the short film “Anti-Abortion Crusaders: Inside The African-American Abortion Battle” produced for PBS’s "Frontline" by award winning black film maker Yoruba Richen.

It includes interviews with other black anti-abortion activists including Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr." — The Most Dangerous Place for an African-American is in the Womb" — and Angela Winter of Sisters for Life.
In 2012, I wrote in this space that a "Growing Army of Black Pro-Lifers Targets Abortion." Seven years later, the major media still refuses to recognize and acknowledge that "army’s" progress and growing impact.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.

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While most of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates follow the lead of some Democratic governors, supporting infanticide and late term abortions, the major media plays down the fact that there are many blacks opposed to abortion.
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Friday, 24 May 2019 06:01 PM
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