The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the founder and president of two dynamic organizations: BOND (Brotherhood Organization Of A New Destiny), a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to "Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man," and BOND Action, a 501(c) (4) organization whose purpose is to educate, motivate and rally Americans – especially black Americans – to greater involvement in the moral, cultural and political issues that threaten ourMore ↓Less ↑
Most of my life I had considered myself a Christian. Yet 18 years ago as I sat quietly and prayed, I experienced a deep realization – I harbored resentment in my heart. The realization caused me to repent and forgive. Forgiveness set me free from within, and I began to see with a clarity I never had before.
Soon after that life-changing experience, I started BOND to help black men overcome their resentments and find freedom. Soon I was helping men of every race as I saw mankind’s problems were universal.
I began to counsel young and older women as well. Many of the women I spoke to were having or have had at least one abortion. During the counseling sessions, I discovered that most of these women had guilt and low self-esteem. Often they had considered suicide.
I realized that this problem was not being dealt with by the black clergy or black politicians. In fact, to my surprise, abortion was often actually encouraged by these “leaders.”
Abortion was first popularized by Margaret Sanger, a white woman who was the founder of the National Birth Control League (now Planned Parenthood). Sanger was a lifelong champion of birth control and eugenics (the movement devoted to “improving” the human species by control of hereditary factors in reproduction).
Margaret Sanger called for the sterilization of “genetically inferior races.” In 1939, she organized her “Negro Project” and wrote: “The poorer areas, particularly in the South … are producing alarmingly more than their share of future generations.”
Sanger’s plan has worked extraordinarily well over time – today numerous black religious leaders defend the “right” of women to kill their unborn children. It’s ironic to me that black leaders complain about racism, yet they promote one of the most racist practices in this country – abortion.
Abortion propagandists have dehumanized the unborn baby just as was done with the Jews in the Holocaust. In his book “Abortion Practice,” Warren Hern, M.D. compares the unborn child to a “parasite,” which was the exact word Hitler used to dehumanize Jewish people in his infamous “Mein Kampf.”
The alarming numbers on abortion:
Since 1973, when abortion became legal there have been more than 14 million black babies killed in the black woman’s womb;
Since 1973, more than twice as many blacks have died from abortion than from heart disease, cancer, accidents, violent crimes and AIDS combined;
More than 1, 450 black children are aborted each day in the United States.
(Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control)
Over the years I have counseled and picketed at abortion clinics across the country.
I will never forget the story of a 13-year-old black girl I met at an abortion clinic in Los Angeles one Saturday morning. My organization was protesting near the clinic when I saw the young lady approach the front door. I talked to her, and tried to encourage her to put her baby up for adoption. She said it was too late. She had gone into the clinic that Thursday and the doctor had injected something into her womb. For three days the baby KICKED AND GASPED FOR LIFE. On the third day, the baby died. The girl told me she was encouraged to do this by her mother and boyfriend.
Those employees in the clinic told her she wouldn’t feel anything. They said that she was carrying a fetus and not a baby.
Abortion has also given black men one more way to be irresponsible. Because of the weakness of the father and the lack of morality in the black community, many black women feel they have no other choice but abortion.
It is nearly impossible to get black churches and black politicians to get involved with us to picket abortion clinics, to counsel mothers who are getting abortions, or to speak out against abortion.
I believe there is a reason for the silence of black churches and black politicians regarding abortion. They actually have much in common with the abortionists: Abortionists are simply using blacks for power and wealth, the same way much of the black clergy, black politicians and liberal elite whites have used blacks for years.
I notice that when I am in front of the clinics or talk about abortion on my radio show, most of the anger, hostility and attacks come from young white and black educated women. These women typically hate their fathers, and men who have used them in the wrong way. Our universities have taken this hatred and “educated” these young women with “facts” that reinforce their existing inner rage and prejudices.
It is time for America, but especially the black community, to come out of its state of denial and realize that true racism is the attack on the black unborn baby, started by Margaret Sanger and carried out by the liberal elite in this country. The solution to this problem is a strong belief in the Creator, strong families and self-respect.
Most importantly, men must step to the forefront of this issue. They must return back to their proper state as men of character and as the head of their families, or the horrors we’ve already seen in this “one nation under God” will be dwarfed by the horrors to come.
Note: Last month, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson spoke at the “Let Them Live Rally” in Atlanta, Ga. The event was sponsored by Pro-Life Unity and featured pro-life activists from around the country. This was a historic event that focused on the passage of Georgia’s Human Life Amendment (H.R.536). If this resolution gets on the ballot, Georgia will be the first state to openly challenge the faulty ruling of Roe V. Wade