Abortion and Racism: A Tragic Correlation

By St. Joseph County Right to Life | August 23, 2017, 11:59pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In light of recent tragedies, we remember that peace in our country begins in the womb.  There are a disproportionate number of minority children torn from the safety of the womb and aborted. In particular, an African American child is 3 times more likely to be killed in utero than a white child. Thirty percent of black pregnancies end in abortion, excluding miscarriages, and more African Americans are killed by abortion each year in the United States than ALL OTHER causes combined. 


Adoption, then, of African American children is especially vital.  One member of St. Joseph County Right to Life recently adopted a black baby boy.  She shared with us the following:


“When we started the adoption process last year, we checked the box for open to all races and mixed race…. Three months later, we received a call.  Our coordinator stated that the birth mother was biracial and the father African American.  Okay. No problem!  The mother wasn’t sure how much contact she wanted. 

“Later, after the adoption, we asked our birth mother why she chose us. The ultimate question.  She said, 'Because you said you were okay with raising a black child.' I replied that the agency would not have shown her our profile if we weren’t okay with it.  'Yeah, I know.  But you were the ONLY ones who wrote about it.  I knew you had put thought into it.'


“The truth is we didn’t.  We just felt that if God wanted us to be parents, he would send us a child.  He would send us a woman who needed our friendship.


“I don’t know the first thing about raising a child of a different race.  We love him.  Your child doesn’t have to LOOK like you.  For many years, the African American community did not choose adoption.  This race IS the most aborted in the United States.  This race of women is one of the most that call an adoption agency and sadly, agencies have very few families open to this race.


“I can not change this country.  I do love it.  I can LOVE my child and teach him that while his skin is different, he is an American and he cannot choose to hate.  Someone said to us, 'It’s going to be hard raising a black child.'  Raising any child is hard.  It is dying to self over and over again.  Watch me.  Oliver Thomas will set the world on fire.”


Oliver and his family are proof that all lives are precious, and the dignity and inherent value of the human person does not depend upon the color of one's skin.