The human cost of the high black abortion rate.
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Jesse sold out, that’s the problem. Blacks are paying the price and he (and other leaders) will have a lot to answer for.
A “coalition” welcoming Obama to Washington under the banner “Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health” has demanded another $1.5 billion. It includes African American Women Evolving, Inc. and Black Women’s Health Imperative. But mostly it was the usual feminist flock. (The Sierra Club, too, please note.) Obama owes them, as they see it. What do they want? More sex ed, more abortion clinics, and of course the defunding of all abstinence programs.
A STRUGGLE IS BREWING over the issue of conscience. The Bush administration issued a last-minute regulation shielding health care workers from reprisals if they refuse to participate in abortions on moral or religious grounds. It would cut off federal funds for hospitals and clinics that refuse to accommodate such conscientious objectors. Expect a big push to reverse the rule. According to Sen. Patty Murray, “It threatens the health and well-being of women and the rights of patients across the country.”
I went out to Fairfax, Virginia, to talk to John Bruchalski, an ob/gyn doctor who runs the Tepeyac Crisis Pregnancy Center. It’s a Catholic, pro-life, nonprofit center where young women come for help. It does no abortions and sometimes prevails on young women to bring the child to term, maybe put it up for adoption.
Bruchalski’s practice is a constant struggle against a culture mired in callousness. “At its heart is the disrespect for the human person,” he said. He was thinking of the pregnant young woman who comes to a clinic and “is treated as an object rather than as a person.” After a cursory inspection, like a defective toy, she is recommended for an abortion. Then she is back on the street without comfort or a second glance. Such an irony that the women’s movement was founded by women who complained (with some justice) that as young women they had been treated as objects—sex objects.
As the government takeover of health care increases, Bruchalski said, so does the pressure for more abortions. The state can reduce its financial burden by deciding that only a certain amount will be spent on health care. They can cap costs and ration care and minimize future welfare. So abortion looks like a cost-saving device (as in the Soviet Union). But the psychic costs are high, Bruchalski warned.
For years, the population control movement has validated abortion. Were blacks really targeted? There’s more on all this in Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government in Modern America (Oxford University Press), by Donald T. Critchlow. In a future article, I hope to write something on the history and ideology of population control. Meanwhile, someone I know wondered out loud: How would Jesse Jackson like it if Klan members showed up at the inauguration with signs reading: “Keep Abortion Legal” ?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?