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Statement on the Impact of Abortion in the Black Community

On February 11, 2005 in front of the Women's Med Center abortion facility, 1401 East Stroop Road, Kettering, Ohio, a press conference was held to call attention to the disproportionate number of abortions in the black community. The following statement was made by Vivian Skovgard:

[First, I want to say we in the pro-life community are against all elective abortions. But because it's Black History Month and because of the disproportionate number of black babies being aborted, that's where my focus will be.]

We're calling for increased awareness of the disproportionate number of abortions black women are having.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, black women make up approximately 12 percent of the female population, but account for 35% of abortions in the U.S. The CDC statistics also show that the abortion rate among married African American women is 4.4 times greater than it is among married white women.

Approximately 75 abortions were done here last week. Of that total approximately 25 or one third involved black women.

Any elective abortion is a tragedy because it takes the life of an innocent defenseless baby, but you just can't help but notice a disproportionate number of black women going into this abortion mill and it's particularly heartbreaking in February – Black History Month – when you see so many stories and documentaries on black history, especially when you reflect on everything black people went through, how they fought and struggled through slavery, how some escaped through the underground railroad, how blacks suffered through the injustices of the Jim Crow era, and yet still held to the value and dignity of life and believed in the sanctity of life.

They endured and we all have benefitted from their many achievements and there is a lot to be proud of. They were keenly aware that children were a blessing and that children were and are our future. I can only imagine what they would think if they saw their descendants walk into this abortuary and pay to have someone take the life of their child. Keep in mind that the vast majority of elective abortions involve healthy moms and healthy babies.

Another thing that comes to mind is that blacks have ceased to be the largest minority group in the U.S. The fact that over 14 million black babies have been aborted since 1973 certainly contributed to that. The Ku Klux Klan could only dream of being so effective in destroying the black race.

It's particularly frustrating here because right across the street there is a woman's support center where there's all kinds of support offered to women and their babies. They even offer free ultrasounds so the moms can see their babies. And this center is just one of a whole network of women's support centers in the Miami Valley. Another one in Kettering just down the street also provides ultrasounds and other services, as well as one in Dayton.

Another frustrating point is that with the advances in genetics and with the sophisticated untrasound and other imaging technologies, no one can be excused from knowing that an elective abortion involves taking the life of a human person. Even the abortion advocates no longer talk about the baby as “protoplasm” or a “bundle of cells” or other misleading euphemisms – they know that these tiny ones are human beings – only now they talk about abortion in terms of “choice” or something between a woman and her doctor or between a woman and her God, or they will say that although this little one is a human being, he or she is not protected by the Constitution.

The scientific truth is that a separately identifiable, unique, fully expressed person, comes into being with the initial exchange of genetic material from the mother and father ... and nothing is ever added to make us more human or give us more personality &ndasy; from that point onward we are living, developing persons ndash; just as we are living, developing persons today. No one who is not totally deluded has the excuse that they are killing anything other than a human person.

Likewise, no one in the news or educational media, no one in the clergy, no responsible adult walking the face of the earth today has any excuse for not knowing that we as a society are sanctioning the deaths of an innocent, defenseless minority group – and that for the most part, nobody is saying or doing much about it.

Our civilization – all the wonderful liberties we enjoy and all the material abundance and opportunities we enjoy – is based on the sanctity of life, on the respect for life and the belief in the value, dignity, and worth of each individual human being. We cannot continue to marginalize human life in the U.S. – over 42 million human lives snuffed out since 1973 through elective abortion – and think that we can continue to enjoy the kind of open, free, successful society we have known.

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