Human Rights

Black babies make up 72% of Mississippi abortions

On the heels of the recent bombshell reports showing that more black babies were aborted in New York City in 2012 than were born there, another report is now showing that in Mississippi, where the white population outnumbers the black population by more than 1.5 to 1, an astounding 71.67% of the babies aborted between 1995 and 2010 were black. reports:

Based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39,052 black babies were killed by abortions in Mississippi between 1995 and 2010. During that same time period, 14,529 white babies were aborted in the Magnolia State.

… Although black abortions comprised 72% of the total abortions between 1995 and 2010, in some years the percentage was higher. In 2009, for example, the percentage of black babies killed by abortion in Mississippi in relation to the total was 76.8%. In 2007, it was 77.8%; in 2005, 77.2%.

We’ve long known that the abortion industry targets African-Americans and minority populations.

Additionally, Live Action has exposed multiple cases in which abortion facility workers expressed willingness to accept donations earmarked specifically for the abortion of black babies.

If there is anything more shocking than the facts, it’s the purposeful avoidance of them by those – both white and black – who advocate for abortion on demand. Organizations like the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus, which one would expect to be at the forefront of fighting for the rights of black individuals, advocate for abortion despite the fact that it disproportionally targets the black community.

Not all the news from Mississippi is bad, though. Only one abortion clinic remains open in the state. But it’s still one too many. That clinic’s days may be numbered, however. A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments this spring in a lawsuit filed by the clinic challenging the 2012 state law requiring that clinic physicians have admitting privileges at a local hospital – a law with which the clinic has been unable fully to comply.

Additionally, the Mississippi House of Representatives recently passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks.

So there is good news for life! But the good news does not erase the fact that in a state where slavery was once legal, thousands upon thousands of black babies have been slaughtered on the altar of “choice.” And too many – of all races – have simply stayed silent.

As my fellow Live Action News writer Christina Martin so eloquently wrote here and here, the issue is one of dignity, one of justice.

And for any of us who claims to value life, silence in the face of such injustice is simply not an option.

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