A friend tipped me to a documentary on black genocide called Maafa 21. You can watch a trailer here and the whole movie here. (The documentary is about 2 hours long, but I encourage you to stick with it). The film exhaustively documents the history of attempts to control African American populations through abortion, sterilization and eugenic birth control. While sometimes too conspiratorial for my tastes, a disturbing picture is drawn of a handful of wealthy and racist elitists organizing a campaign for what amounts to racial genocide. Even more discouraging is the number of black politicians who have flip-flopped on the issue, going from calling birth control and abortion “black genocide” to being “pro-choice” (see Jesse Jackson). I don’t know how a “pro-choice” person could watch this film without feeling extremely uncomfortable about the hateful legacy of abortion and population control in America (ties that are documented into the 1990s).
In the event that one thinks that these arguments are the product of lunatic pro-lifers (though the African-American movement against abortion and contraception long pre-dates the white evangelical crowd many now think of as the “pro-life movement”), one might be reminded of the comment made by abortion rights advocate and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about a year ago:
“Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations we don’t want too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.”
In other words, her understanding was that we needed to make this “service” available to the poor so that we could target the undesirable [minority] populations. She was then surprised by the McRae decision that went the other way and found that states were not required to fund abortions through Medicaid.
The phrase “eugenics” has long been dropped in favor of friendlier terms like “family planning”. And the programs have often been subsumed under the umbrella of anti-poverty measures. As it turns out, it is cheaper to eliminate poor populations through population control rather than through economic development. So it is little surprise that UN and IMF programs routinely require acceptance of abortion and birth control as conditions for aid. Co-counsel for the Roe decision makes this connection between abortion and population control of poor populations quite explicit.
Some statistics: Since 1973, estimates are that abortion has reduced the African-American population by 25%. About 30% of abortions occur to black women even though only 12% of the population is African-American.