In the extraordinarily twisted world of the Rev. Carlton Veazey, head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, being against the killing of African-American children in the womb is racist. Really:
Georgia Right to Life’s racist campaign against women of color is poised to expand to black churches and college campuses in 10 states. In the service of truth and of protecting women’s health and rights, people of faith must counter this campaign of fear, ignorance and mistrust. One specific and realistic way to do so is by supporting comprehensive sexuality education. I speak as an African American, Baptist, and pastor for more than 40 years. We cannot allow women of color to return to the days when their bodies and lives were controlled by others – when they were treated as property.
Right. Because everyone knows that pregnancy is simply another form of slavery.
There is a long history of outside groups agitating against reproductive rights in African American communities and making outrageous claims such as “abortion is genocide.” But several factors make this campaign especially immoral: the dehumanizing shock tactics used by Georgia Right to Life, the unwarranted legislation, and the attempt to close clinics that are needed and wanted. We cannot allow it to spread to other states.
The campaign consists of billboards and legislation. The initial billboards in Atlanta showed a picture of a black child with the shocking statement that “Black Children are an Endangered Species.” They were so inflammatory that they were taken down. The legislation, which potentially can shut down clinics, would outlaw abortion done “based upon the race, color or gender of the unborn child” – despite no evidence of these alleged abuses and no need for the bill.
What’s got Veazey’s bowels in an uproar is a bill in the Georgia legislature that would indeed ban abortion that is based on the race or gender of the child. (Information on the GRtL campaign that has him so agitated can be found here.) Sex selection abortion (in which it is almost always females who are killed because they are the “wrong” gender) is opposed by 86% of Americans (which is to say by just about anyone with a conscience capable of getting past the celebrate-every-abortion mindset that Veazey represents). As for race-based abortions, it is unquestionably the case that there are at least some people at Planned Parenthood who think the idea is peachy, and are willing to take donations for that specific purpose (not surprising, considering PP’s origins in the eugenics movement). Planned Parenthood’s propensity to locate its abortion mills in or near African-American neighborhoods is also well known.
The truth is this: if there really is “no need for the bill,” then it won’t make any difference, while if there is, then it obviously should be passed. Either way, Veazey complaining about it, and acting as though a concern for African-American children (of whom there have been well over 13 million aborted since 1973) is indicative of racism, is yet another illustration of how far beyond the pale RCRC is. I hope mainliners are happy with what their denominational dollars and leaders (UCC, PCUSA, Episcopal Church, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Women), are supporting.