Abortion Is Devastating the African American Community

Deal W. Hudson
March 1, 2010

According to the Centers for Disease Control, African American women have 40 percent of the nation’s abortions, but make up only 13 percent of the population. That black children are being aborted at such a high rate has not been a subject of discussion among the Democrats in the Congress and the White House, who insist on leaving the door open for abortion funding in the health care bill.

But a recent article in the New York Times suggests that the disproportionate price being paid in the African American community for the pro-abortion advocacy of Planned Parenthood is beginning to be noticed. According to the piece, Georgia Right to Life changed its tactics last year by having minority outreach coordinator Catherine Davis visit black churches throughout the state, “delivering the message that abortion is the primary tool in a decades-old conspiracy to kill off blacks.”

Pro-life activists have long known that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, explicitly recommended the “eugenics value” of abortion as a means of suppressing minority populations. But now the story of the nefarious roots of the abortion movement is gaining traction among the African Americans that Davis met with. As a result, Georgia Right to Life expanded its outreach effort by leasing space on 80 Atlanta billboards, all bearing the message, “Black children are an endangered species,” along with a special Web site, www.toomanyaborted.com.

Another abortion opponent, Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, has produced the film Maafa 21, documenting the roots of the abortion-rights movement in America and its impact on the African American community. According to Crutcher’s Web site:

When slavery ended, their welcome was over. America’s wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done. What you are about to see is that the plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today.

The film’s trailer opens with chilling quotes from American eugenicists like Sanger. Her attitude toward the “inferior” black race is startling for a woman born in Corning, New York, to a devout Catholic family of eleven children.

Priests for Life has kept a close eye on this issue for many years. Rev. Frank Pavone’s African-American outreach is led by Alveda King, a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. King and Day Gardner, head of the National Black Pro-Life Union, is the country’s most visible black opponents of abortion. Their combined efforts had been slow-going until this recent breakthrough by Georgia Right to Life and the inroads made by Crutcher’s film.

A telling detail at the end of the New York Times article helps illustrate just how much progress has been made on this front. Maafa 21 was shown at the historic Morris Brown College in Atlanta, which has been graduating black leaders in business and politics for decades. It made an impression.

“Before we saw the movie, I was pro-choice,” said Markita Eddy, a sophomore. But were she to get pregnant now? “It showed me that maybe I should want to keep my child no matter what my position was,” Eddy said, “just because of the conspiracy.”

Not long ago, I listened to a lengthy discussion among several pro-life leaders about abortion in the African American community. Some believed that this was where the pervasive culture of death could actually be turned back. I responded that winning that battle, given the alignment of African American leadership with the Democratic Party, would take a very long time and had a low probability of success. Maybe I was wrong.

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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