Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr.
A black minister who founded a website called BlackGenocide.org charges the Obama administration’s health-care-reform legislation is designed to increase the number of abortions in the African-American community.
“It’s sinister, but President Obama has become the face of black genocide in America today,” said Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr., senior pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, N.J.
According to Childress, about 35 percent of the nearly 4,500 abortions performed each day in the U.S. are on African-Americans, even though African-Americans are only about 13.5 percent of the population.
Childress said 52 percent of all African-American pregnancies end in abortion, and three out of every five African-American women will obtain an abortion.
He estimated 16 million African-American babies have been aborted since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Had the approximately 16 million African-American babies aborted since the landmark Supreme Court decision been allowed to live, there likely would be more than 50 million African-Americans in the U.S. today. The last count, in 2007, was 40 million.
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Statistics on abortion maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm the rate of abortions for African-American women is three times higher than for white women. About 10.8 percent of white pregnancies result in a reported abortion, compared to 33.4 percent for African-Americans.
If the Democrats’ health-care measure provides government funding for abortions, Childress expects the number of African-American abortions to increase dramatically.
Childress pointed to a hidden “marriage penalty” included in the House-passed version of health-care reform under which the cost for health insurance for two married individuals would exceed by approximately $10,000 the cost if the two individuals were single but living together.
“Skillfully placed in the bill is an incentive not to marry,” Childress pointed out. “Unwanted pregnancies to unwed mothers are a major cause of abortion in the African-American community.”
According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, 70.2 percent of all African-American babies were born to unmarried mothers in 2006.
“Few people appreciate the health risk a woman takes with an abortion,” Childress argued. “Abortions in first-time pregnancies increase the risk of breast cancer by as much as 66 percent. Abortions used as a contraceptive make the woman a high risk for future illness, with the cost of her subsequent health care likely to increase by three or four times as a result of the abortion.”
President Obama is on record arguing the right of a woman to choose an abortion is absolute.
On Jan. 23, as one of his first acts as president, Obama issued an executive order rescinding the so-called “Mexico City Policy,” a Reagan administration–era prohibition against all nongovernmental organizations receiving federal funding to perform or actively promote abortions.