Black and Hispanic Groups Defend Oklahoma Law To End Racist Abortion Eugenics

Oct 3, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief at the Oklahoma Supreme Court on behalf of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the Frederick Douglass Foundation in defense of the state’s pro-life law that restricts abortion. NHCLC is the largest Hispanic church association in America with more than 42,000 churches.
This broad group of African Americans and Hispanics represent tens of millions of constituents. These minority communities have been the direct target of abortion, and even today, the vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics are located in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Liberty Counsel also filed an amicus brief on behalf of the NHCLC and the Frederick Douglass Foundation at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs abortion case. In overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court cited to this brief acknowledging that abortion has disproportionally impacted the black community.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a law last May that made Oklahoma the first state in the nation to effectively protect unborn children by prohibiting abortions from fertilization and allowing private citizens to sue those who help women terminate their pregnancies. The law, which passed the House 73-16 and the Senate 35-10, took effect immediately and bans all abortions except when necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency; or if the pregnancy is the result of rape, sexual assault, or incest that has been reported to law enforcement. 
Liberty Counsel’s amicus brief in Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice, et. al v. John O’Connor, in his official capacity as Oklahoma Attorney General, et al emphasizes the racist and eugenic history of the abortion movement and the fact that abortion is largely a minority epidemic.
The brief states, “Oklahoma’s decision to protect innocent and defenseless human life in the womb should be upheld. The abortion industry in the United States is rooted in a eugenics movement that seeks to eradicate those who are deemed unwanted or undesirable. Sadly, all too often, that has meant an overt targeting of the Black and Hispanic communities by the abortion industry. The eugenics-based abortion industry denies the fact that each human being has inherent value and dignity that is bestowed on them by their Creator. Instead, it leaves to government decisionmakers the determination of when or if human life has worth and value.”

In addition, Liberty Counsel’s brief emphasizes abortion advocacy is based on the eugenics movement which is rooted in social Darwinism and the elimination of so-called “undesirable populations.” 

“Charles Darwin himself did not hide his eugenic inclinations, unabashedly revealing in his writings his insidious racist and white supremacist thinking. It becomes clear that he considers every population that is not white and European to be savage. . . . Darwin explains that the ‘highest races and the lowest savages’ differ in ‘moral disposition . . . and in intellect.’ The idea that white people are more intelligent and moral persists throughout. Darwin’s theory applies survival of the fittest to human races, suggesting that extermination of non-white races is a natural consequence of white Europeans being a superior and more successful race. Not only does Darwin believe in white supremacy, he offers a biological explanation for it, namely that white people are further evolved.” 

“Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, was one of the most outspoken members of the American eugenics movement, arguing that eugenics was ‘the most ad-equate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.’  She accordingly praised sterilization as the ‘remedy’ to the problem of ‘an increasing rate of morons.’  In the first two decades of the twentieth century, a dozen states passed eugenic sterilization laws.  And one court upheld eugenic sterilization as a valid exercise of the state’s police power ‘based on the growing belief that, due to the alarming increase in the number of degenerates, criminals, feebleminded, and insane, our race is facing the greatest peril of all time.’” 

Sanger once stated, “More children from the fit and less from the unfit. That is the chief aim of birth control,” and “Superman is the aim of Birth Control.” She once gave a talk to the KKK and helped promote the “Negro Project.” In her own words, “[Birth control] means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks— those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” 

In a letter to Clarence Gable in 1939, Sanger wrote: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” 

Abortion-induced deaths of the unborn in the black community are 69 times higher than HIV deaths, 31 times higher than (all other) homicides, 3.6 times higher than cancer-related deaths, and 3.5 times higher than deaths caused by heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 117,626 black children were killed by surgical abortion in the U.S. in 2018, and these deaths accounted for 33.6 percent of the total abortions that year. 

Planned Parenthood commits 40 percent of abortions in the United States, which includes death by abortion of an estimated 247 black babies per day. Planned Parenthood has now intentionally located 86 percent of its abortion facilities in or near minority neighborhoods in the 25 U.S. counties with the most abortions. These 25 counties contain 19 percent of the U.S. population including 28 percent of the black population and 37 percent of the Hispanic/Latino population. In 12 of these counties, blacks and Hispanics/Latinos are more than 50 percent of the population. In contrast, blacks are only 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, and Hispanics and Latinos are 16.3 percent. Planned Parenthood’s largest abortion facility in America is situated in the middle of a black and Hispanic neighborhood within walking distance of a nearby school. 

One study, “Perceiving and Addressing the Pervasive Racial Disparity in Abortion,” authored by researchers with the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), using abortion reporting data from the CDC, found that, despite incomplete reporting — particularly from states with large populations of minority women that perform significant numbers of abortions — “black women have been experiencing abortions at a rate nearly four times that of white women for more than 30 years…The evidence is clear that for many decades black children in the United States have not had, and do not have today, an equal opportunity to survive until birth,” the researchers said. 

Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “In light of the historic win overturning Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court, we must now protect life in the states against ongoing court activity from abortion providers. Oklahoma has been proactive in defending the lives of precious unborn children, and we stand with this state in prohibiting abortions from fertilization and allowing private citizens to sue those who help women terminate their pregnancies. Abortion harms children and women and is particularly targeted at eliminating minority populations. The dark racist eugenic history of abortion must end.”           

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