The Most Dangerous Place

In New York City, Black women abort 60% of their pregnancies.

Pastor Stephen Broden mounted an unsuccessful run against Eddie Bernice Johnson for Dallas-area Congressional District 30 last year. He is one of the founders and a Board member of a Texas pro-life group, Life Always™, also known as “” On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, Life Always™, unveiled a 3 story billboard at 6th and Watts Streets in SoHo designed to call attention to the fact that African American women are much more likely to seek abortion and that "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb."

The group planned to leave the billboard on the side of the building for at least 3 weeks, but it lasted less than 48 hours. It turns out that the people who are tolerant of abortion are not so tolerant of free speech that raises questions they’d rather weren’t asked. Planned Parenthood organized protesters and “talking points.” Someone harassed and threatened employees at the Mexican food restaurant, Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen, on the street level of the building where the billboard hung. LaMar Advertising New York, the advertising company that owns the billboard, caved to the phone calls and fears of “violence to the buildings around here,” took the sign down on Thursday night.

Can you imagine what would have happened if the rumors – and that’s evidently all we’ve got – had implicated pro-life demonstrators? The FBI would have been out in force!

Although the population of New York City is only about 15% Black, 60% of babies aborted in NYC last year were black – and 60% of Black women who got pregnant had an abortion. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that Black women across the United States are three times more likely to end a pregnancy by abortion than white women, with nearly half of their pregnancies ended by abortion. Texas statistics are similar. This week, the CDC released abortion statistics for 2007. Texas counted 81,000 abortions; with the highest rates and ratios for non-Hispanic Blacks at 32.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15--44 years and 480 abortions per 1,000 live births. That’s 3 times the abortion rate and ratio for non-Hispanic Whites (8.5, 144/1000). In fact, Black women account for 23% of all abortions in Texas, although the Black population is only 12%. Pastor Broden told those at the unveiling that "We have seen the heartbreaking effects of opportunists who happen to be black abortionists perpetrating this atrocity; it’s not just babies who are in danger, it’s also their mothers, and our society at large.”

And he’s right.

Black infant mortality is 3 times that of non-Hispanic whites. The most common cause of black infant mortality is low birth weight (LBW). Abortion is a proven, preventable risk factor for low birth weight and preterm births for subsequent births.

In fact, there is a “dose – related” association between abortion and the risk that subsequent babies will be born LBW or prematurely – one induced abortion increases the risk, and each additional abortion increases it more. This association (regardless of race) has been reported by legitimate, peer reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Human Reproduction. (Shah and Zao, “Induced termination of pregnancy and low birthweight and preterm birth: a systematic review and meta-analyses.” British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2009 Oct;116(11):1425-42. Knowledge Synthesis Group of Determinants of preterm/LBW births and” Anum, Human Reproduction. 2010 Nov;25(11):2894-900. Epub 2010 Jul 19)

The New York Times reports that NYC Councilwoman James and Rev. Al Sharpton were planning to mount a protest this Sunday and were relieved that the billboard was taken down. Ms. James is quoted as saying, “We won!” Someone needs to tell that NYC Councilwoman that no one wins when it comes to abortion.

Related reading: Pastor John Lawson explains "Civil Rights Industry" and Why Black People Should Abandon Democratic Party (VIDEO)


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