“A minority baby is currently five times more likely to be aborted than a white baby, and nearly half of all black babies are aborted, with over 70 percent of abortion clinics being located in predominantly minority neighborhoods.” – Rep. Trent Franks
I would have never guessed that Representative Trent Franks would be such a staunch supporter of Civil Rights for African-Americans, but his latest statements on H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (or PRENDA) has confirmed it. Move over Frederick Douglas, W.E.B Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, Congressman Trent Franks is here to stay. Don’t believe me; look at his remarks regarding PRENDA:
“The very bedrock foundational principle that gave birth to America was the conviction that all human beings are children of God and created equal in His sight. In 1847, Frederick Douglass said, ‘Right is of no sex; truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all–and all are brethren.’
“I know when the subject is related in any way to abortion, the doors of reason and human compassion in our minds and hearts often close, and the humanity of the unborn can sometimes no longer be seen. But this is an issue upon which all Americans should be able to find agreement, regardless of our party affiliations or even our beliefs about abortion.
“Our innate sense of human fairness should make it abundantly clear that aborting a little baby because he or she happens to be black or because he or she has been arbitrarily deemed ‘lesser’ is fundamentally wrong, representing a betrayal of the precious truth that all men are created equal and are stamped with the Imago Dei on their souls.
“I am convinced this is the civil rights battle that will define our generation, and, by the grace of God, I look forward to this vital measure’s consideration on the House floor and its ultimate passage.”
Not since Malcolm X’s “The Bullet or the Ballet” speech have I been so moved, but let’s look deeper into Congressman Franks claims. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 1.21 million abortions were performed in the United States in 2008, down from 1.31 million in 2000. Twenty-five percent of these were medical abortions induced in the first nine weeks, as opposed to surgical abortions. Guttmacher also estimates that, at current rates, three in 10 women will have an abortion by age 45. Forty percent of pregnancies among white women, 67% among blacks and 53% among Hispanics are unintended. Non-Hispanic white women account for 36% of abortions, non-Hispanic black women for 30%, Hispanic women for 25% and women of other races for 9%. While there is a higher ratio of African-American women to white women who choose to have an abortion, to suggest that 70% of African American children are aborted is wrong and irresponsible.
Since, Congressman Frank is such a supporter of Civil Rights maybe we can garner his support on other issues affecting minority and poor communities. Since 2010, GOP legislators across the country have enacted restrictions on voting rights that will affect minority groups and the working poor; Congressman Franks should support rolling back those restrictions, but why stop there? The Ryan Budget eliminates funding for vital social programs minority and poor individuals depend on such as Head Start, The Child Care Development Block Grant, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Pell Grant, Medicaid, and Medicare. Congressman Franks should continue to side with minorities and the working poor in fighting against such injustices.
I was born and raised in a “minority neighborhood” and I can ensure you that there isn’t an abortion clinic on every corner, but there are liquor stores, inadequate schools, not enough grocery stores, and no jobs. I cannot tolerate a Congressman who claims to be for “Civil Rights” when it is politically convenient. Congressman Franks should help African-Americans invest in their communities if he cares so much about black children and he should support institutions like Planned Parenthood that distributes contraceptives which help eliminate unwanted pregnancies.
Frederick Douglas also said, “The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” There is nothing honest, truthful, or virtuous about Congressman Frank’s stand on Civil Rights.