63% of Texas Babies Killed in Abortions are Black or Hispanic

63% of Texas Babies Killed in Abortions are Black or Hispanic July 11, 2013

Texans kill a lot of babies, and most of them are black and hispanic.

Sixty-three percent of the 77,152 babies who were murdered in Texas abortions in 2009 are black or hispanic.

That has to be balanced against the 435,480 babies who were killed in the 27 states that report these numbers plus the District of Columbia. The last time I checked, there were 50 states, not 27, which means that abortions are grossly underreported in America. The real number of dead babies in 2007 was much higher than the already overwhelming toll of 435,480.

Fifty-six percent of the babies killed in these reporting states were either black or hispanic. That makes abortion a racial issue all over the country. But even more so in Texas.

The question we have to ask is whether this is by design or simply a reflection of other currents in society. I think it’s by design, in a cumulative sense.

The population control movement has been shaped by a eugenics philosophy from its start. Proponents of the movement will argue against that in public, but turn around and make statements that are entirely in keeping with it in private. I have heard these comments myself, many times.

One thing I’ve learned in this life is that people do what they want. They may tell you that they plan to work out 2 hours a day and get in shape, but they do what they want. If they sit on the couch instead of working out, it’s because sitting on the couch is what they really want. People say all sorts of things. But they do what they want.

By the same token, people usually get what they want.

If say you want abortion to be for all women, but your put your clinics in the poorest parts of town and seek government grants to “educate” and “provide” for those without money or people of color, then you probably want to limit the number of poor and people of color.

Abortion is the “answer” society gives poor women and women of color for the problems it dumps on them. Other groups of women have abortions, but if you doubt that abortion is the “choice” we’re giving primarily to poor women and women of color, just look at the numbers.

People do what they want and they get what they want. The abortion industry is getting a racially targeted number of abortions that reduces the percentage of black and hispanic babies being born.

77,152 babies died in abortions in Texas in 2009.

Just writing these words grieves me. It oppresses me and pushes me toward despair.

77,152 lives.

In one state.

How can anyone read that and not be sad?

 


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65 responses to “63% of Texas Babies Killed in Abortions are Black or Hispanic”

  1. Rebecca, thank you for continuing to get the truth out. You are on my permanent prayer list, prayed for several times a day.

  2. Proponents of the movement will argue against that in public, but turn around and make statements that are entirely in keeping with it in private.

    Do not fall into the trap of looking at the lunatic fringe, and then assuming everone else on that side of the political divide shares that same crazy opinion.

    For example: I do not presume that you share TheodoreSeeber’s… unique views on rape and consent, and it would be nasty and dishonest of me to imply that you do.

  3. Sven, I was once the NARAL Director for Oklahoma. I helped open the first abortion clinic in the state. I know whereof I speak.

  4. And you did NOT support eugenics when you did that, correct? Yet you think it’s fair to presume that everyone else secretly does?

  5. I am speaking specifically of people I knew who were on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood International (I mean the international board) and who were leaders at the national level in the abortion rights movement.

    I did not realize that what I was supporting was eugenics but I am ashamed to say that at one point in my life I advocated aborting babies because they had birth defects. I even made speeches in which I said this.

    Once after a speech I made talking about abortion for babies with down’s syndrome, a young woman came up to me and told me her brother had down’s syndrome and that I was wrong in my thinking. That was a mini-turn-around for me. I never again advocated abortion for birth defects. However, I kept silent when others did it and didn’t speak up when people said things that were explicitly of a eugenics philosophy in meetings.

    I didn’t understand the full horror of what I had done and what I had supported until quite a time after I knew that abortion was wrong.

    The change in me is entirely due to the grace and love of God, which is why I talk about it here — to give God the glory — even though it is the worst thing I have ever done and certainly far worse than anything I ever thought I would do. It is my deepest shame.

  6. I think that the problem is that there are so many poor people who are of color in the United States. We should start off with helping these mothers in supporting children and giving them the care they need and services they need so that they do not need to consider an abortion.

  7. Going from “blacks have more abortions” to “intentional eugenics” is a pretty big leap logic, I think. Look at poverty, look at contraceptive access, look at the interaction between the two (people not living paycheck to paycheck can afford more reliable forms of contraception, like daily pills, or the upfront cost for IUDs or implants.) And I’m pulling this out of thin air, but might black men tend to be less willing to use condoms than white men? I don’t know.

    http://prospect.org/article/demographics-abortion-its-not-what-you-think

    “But extrapolating back, it’s clear that for most of the first decades after Roe, a large majority of abortion patients were white.”

    “While the discourse around abortion still focuses on scared white
    teenagers, the reality is that the typical abortion patient these days
    is a twenty-something single mother of color.”

    “But in the early 2000s, the National Center for Health Statistics found that while contraception use in American women had been climbing for decades, it stalled in the 1990s. Loss of access for poorer women seemed to be the sole reason for
    this troubling trend, which led to an explosion in unplanned pregnancy, and therefore abortion. While poor women have seen a spike, women in the middle class continued to see unplanned pregnancies decline.”

    “Today, a full 42 percent of women having abortions live under the poverty line, and another 27 percent have incomes within 200 percent of the poverty line. Taken together, 69 percent of women who have abortions are economically disadvantaged.”

    Also http://www.guttmacher.org/in-the-know/characteristics.html#

    which says Catholic women have an above average abortion rate…

  8. I’ve recently changed my views on that, but not so much that it matters.

    I now consider rape to be purely a matter of NOT consenting to sex.

    I also consider use of contraception as to be definite proof of a lack of consent (in that the use of contraception indicates a definite rejection of the natural purpose of sex).

  9. That last line is very interesting, considering the Church’s stand on birth control. The other stats were interesting also. I didn’t see a date on the stats—did you?

  10. Oh! Theodore, I have so much trouble attempting to figure out how RAPE is in any way done with consent! It is a act of violence. And birth control is a smart move in order to plan the number of children a couple can afford to shelter, feed and clothe. Randomly having children that a couple can’t afford demonstrates a lack of responsibility, IMO. (in this case, I’m only talking about married couples).

  11. I read and it left me sad. What a pitiful lack of values in the world. What evil abounds. Such blood on our hands, and “our” refers to society inclusive of all.

  12. Birth control leads to unwanted pregnacies. No one is perfect with them. It only takes one slip up, one moment or saying the heck with it. And people using birth control have sex more often for a slip up to happen.

  13. Please. Birth control leads to unwanted pregnancies the same way seatbelts lead to accidents and life jackets lead to drownings.

  14. “We should start off with helping these mothers in supporting children and giving them the care they need and services they need so that they do not need to consider an abortion.”

    Does it make any difference if what you are proposing to do will likely bankrupt this country?

  15. Rereading that, my bad, I missed a NOT: “rape to be purely a matter of consenting to sex.” should have been “rape to be purely a matter of NOT consenting to sex.”

    Birth control is a smart move *ONLY* if you look at human life in terms of cost, rather than in terms of value. “Randomly having children that a couple can’t afford ” is a ridiculous statement to those of us who believe that one small infant with AIDS in Africa is worth more than all the material wealth of the world combined.

  16. “Does it make any difference if what you are proposing to do will likely bankrupt this country?”

    No. A single human life is worth more than this entire country and all of its natural resources combined.

  17. Rebecca, someday I’d like to see a blog posting on your conversion experience directly. If you’ve already written it, would somebody please reply with the link?

  18. All we know or assume, is that those who answered the question identified themselves as Catholic—-obviously we don’t know how “faithful” they were/are to the Church’s teachings. I have known Catholic women who used ABC, and attended Mass on a regular basis and were raising their children in the faith.

  19. Thank you, Theodore, for catching your word “NOT” being in the sentence. Disregard my rebuke. 🙂

    As for birth control and your reference to Africa—as precious as those little ones are—-how many of them die before they are a year old due to the circumstances in which they are born? Just asking.

  20. Most of them. Which, as Pope Francis recently stated, the scandal of starvation is equal to the scandal of abortion, from pro-life standards- but nobody is legally preventing us from feeding the hungry, so in a way it is worse.

    If I had a million dollars, I’d spend half of it on seed, and half of it on airplanes and helicopters to fly over the underdeveloped “African breadbasket” just scattering seed for edible food.

    You are absolutely right, that if we want to be pro-life, we can’t be discriminatory on what life we allow to survive.

  21. See the reference numbers after the stats? You can click on them. 🙂 The Catholic stat reference goes to a 2011 paper with “2000-2008” in its title.

  22. Risk compensation is a real thing, including for seat belts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_compensation
    OTOH, whether such compensation overwhelms the benefit of the safety feature is a strong claim that needs support. People having sex with birth control would have more pregnancies than those who are abstinent or sticking to e.g. oral sex, but people without birth control *don’t* stick to abstinence or oral sex, so…

    There’s also the nature of the birth control to consider. Condoms can fall off, break, or simply not get used once by a couple who say they use condoms. Daily pills can be skipped. OTOH Nexplanon and IUDs are as effective as tubal ligation (which says something about the failure rate of sterilization, I guess.) You can’t be careless with an implant.

  23. So the country, or more specifically the states, should go bankrupt giving out welfare checks. How about not discouraging birth control if you have such a problem with abortions?

  24. If indeed hunger could be solved, what a world this would be. However, I guess that there has never been a time in human history where every one on the planet was fed and healthy, and unfortunately there may not be a time in the future either.

  25. As I said on another post, it’s easier to get forgiveness from God for an abortion to get forgiveness from your congregation for bad decisions. A woman can be judged very harshly for getting pregnant when not married.

  26. Some may be Catholic in name only but there are Catholic women who believe and practice the faith that have abortions.

  27. Very true—but I think right now it might be less of a stigma than it was when i was growing up—-However that might be different in the eyes of a priest.

  28. Hunger is primarily a distribution problem. The obvious solution, but also the one most threatening from a use-of-personal-property-to-abuse-one’s-neighbors perspective, is wide spread edible landscaping. So widespread that nobody can prevent their neighbors from accessing it.

    On a smaller scale (the United States) certain invasive species brought from Europe in the 1700s spread like wildfire across the continent, and gave support to many a group of settlers coming west during the 1800s (not quite enough for the Donner party, as those species died back in winter, but enough for say, the impoverished Mormons traveling west with only 300 lbs of supplies in a handcart).

    On an even smaller scale, this was the secret wealth of the Pre-1830 Pacific Northwestern tribes that enabled them to create the four-caste system and replace war with the Potlach. They believed themselves a wealthy people (even if their taste in clothing was, shall we say, a bit primitive and slightly weather-nudist) and had lived for generations eating off of the land by encouraging edible species and causing inedible species to go extinct. Of course, until the Europeans brought Malaria.

    Even today, when I do plant (and I’m still replanting my quarter acre slowly) I plant edible invasives and edible natives, in hopes that one day my little urban lot will be a source of emergency (and not so emergency) food for anybody who passes by.

  29. Welfare checks, like all fiat currency, is imaginary. So is bankruptcy, for all that it is feared by your eastern elite liberals.

    Though I think we should get a bit more creative. Instead of Snap, how about a massive planting program to make sure that food grows every place people live? How about bands of feral chickens complete with legal hunting?

    Instead of universal health care, how about local health care, paid for with property taxes?

    How about requiring any property in foreclosure for more than six months be condemned and turned over to the county, to be refurbished into housing by the very homeless who need it?

    In other words, how about creating the overproduction we know we can very cheaply, and using THAT to eliminate poverty instead of cash payments?

    Nah, can’t do that, it would destroy capitalism- including the capitalist tendency to force poor people to have fewer children….

  30. Doesn’t that just lead right back to the “We hate poor people, especially poor black people, so we’d better make sure fewer of them are born”?

    Contraception or abortion, the solution to poverty isn’t “fewer poor people” it is “more sharing”.

  31. Not in my congregation. Are we really that different here in Oregon? Every year on Mother’s Day we sell carnations for unwed mothers. My Knights Council is very active in raising money for PRC, Mother and Child Education Center, and Fr. Taffe Homes for Unwed Mothers. We also support Yolanda House home for battered women and children. You can bet we’re not going to let a woman who decides to keep her child go without support- or not be welcomed in our congregations.

  32. I have the same kind of congregation Ted or we wouldn’t be there. There are some members of the congregation that don’t have the same philosophy and want to condemn and punish. It can be very different in other dioceses.

  33. Picture this. A student’s room in an ancient English university town. Half a dozen undergraduates engaged in one of those everlasting debates on principles and ideas that undergraduates – I hope – always had and always will have; in this case, abortion. Myself on one side, on the other a clever and charming agnostic (!) theology student, the rest mostly listening. Among them is a seriously disabled but brilliant and popular female law student. In those days I had not yet worked out all the points that normally come up in debate, and when my opponent brought up the issue of people who would be be born only to be unhappy all their lives, I was stumped.

    It was then that the disabled law student spoke up. I remember every one of the ten words she said, which, in my memory, simply put an end to the whole debate – not only because they could not be answered, but because she did not seem to have the least idea how they would sound coming from her:

    “How do you know they are going to be unhappy?”

  34. I haven’t heard of any priests condemning unwed pregnant women. I only have heard good stories. It’s a different story with some parishioners.

    We have an annual Mass for children who have died. It is very nice.

  35. Only going by a story my daughter told me about her friend and her now husband. Both had been raised Catholic. They wished to be married by a priest, not sure whether it was his or hers—anyhow. She was pregnant—and the priest refused to marry them. They had a secular wedding—so it may be a “priestly” decision. However to counter that, another Catholic couple, also pregnant, were married by the priest in their Church—So what does that say?

  36. I tend to agree that in many cases “once a Catholic, always a Catholic” no matter the adherence to that faith. As I said above, the women identified themselves as that—Guess it might be a little like those of the Jewish faith. They may grow up and no longer attend services etc. but tend to identify as Jewish.

  37. It helped a lot that the PNW is Salmon Run Central, and also that it combines wet climate with a lack of freezing winters. Year-round growing season always helps. I also doubt malaria was a main problem up there; smallpox and measles were the big killers through the Americas, though malaria and yellow fever certainly turned the New World tropics into killing zones.

  38. “Instead of universal health care, how about local health care, paid for with property taxes?”

    So rich people with valuable property will continue to get better health care, as with public schools?

    Cash payments means people can get what they think they need, on the market, rather than what you think they need. Perhaps they don’t want feral chicken.

    I could get behind seizing idle property, though.

  39. If the people actually *are* abstinent, yes. People *intending* to be abstinent have a non-zero failure rate, aka “oops we got carried away and had sex.” Well, plus rape.

  40. Is the only motive you can imagine for giving contraception to poor people a hatred of poor people?

  41. More that rich people with the valuable property can have their clinics treat gout, heart disease, and do cosmetic surgery, where the poor people can deal with heart disease, cancer, and actual diseases that you get merely from being poor.

  42. No, there is one other motive: Preventative care for non-pregnancy diseases. Many forms of contraception have dual usages as medicines for other diseases.

    But for actual birth control? The only possible reason is an attempt to reduce the cost of taking care of the poor; the elimination of poverty by the elimination of the poor.

  43. Yes, though at one time, every place in the world that people currently live, had as abundant of food supplies as the PNW did.

    I’m a firm believer in permaculture- but I’ll admit it is hard. My own wild garden is still half grass, and I’m having a hard time getting even the mint to compete.

  44. It says that many priests will not marry a couple that they think might only be getting married because she is pregnant. A marriage is meant to be a lifelong committment, made without duress, not just something to rectify an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. They usually tell them to come back after the baby is born and not to co-habit if that’s what they are doing. If they can’t do that their marriage probably wouldn’t have lasted anyway and all are better off.

  45. and carelessness is enabled by knowing there is a plan b or an abortion as a backup plan if the worst happens.

  46. At this time, both couples are still happily married. And both couples were living together previous to marriage.

  47. I’ve heard of this before- and I’m *very* interested in it. I was unable to get it started as a Grand Knight in the KofC, but next year I’m on the pastoral council at our Church.

  48. Uh, no, not every place in the world had as abundant food supplies. Deserts? Tundra? Semi-arid plains?

    It’s true that before agriculture and farmers taking over all the good land, hunter-gatherers would have largely lived in better conditions than the marginal survivors (jungle, desert, ice) today would lead us to think, and the PNW is a glimpse of that.

  49. “Actually, we have universal health in my area and in most areas I know”

    Oh really? Where and how?

    US ER care is not universal health care. Yeah, they have to stabilize you or deliver your baby. They don’t have to provide preventive or chronic care or medicines or lots of other things. And uninsured ER care will bankrupt you if you weren’t already broke.

    Obamacare is similar to the systems used in Massachusetts, Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Japan. It’s most similar to Mass., then Switzerland, but the model of individual mandate + guaranteed issue + subsidies is widespread. Other countries require the insurers to be non-profit and set how much the premiums can be, or even actual medical prices, though.

    I’d prefer Medicare for all myself, or even an NHS, but I’m living under Romneycare right now. Not an abomination.

  50. How about “I like having birth control, I think it’s a great thing for women, I want to make sure my poorer sisters also have access to birth control”? You can’t imagine that? Birth control is not some nefarious plot, it’s something women see as desirable and empowering for themselves, and as such something they can want to share with other women.

  51. Ask the natives of those places. The tundra is amazingly productive, so are most deserts. Semi Arid plains are as well. It’s just a matter of using modern science to pick the right things to plant; and the place to ask are those very hunter-gatherers.

  52. No, I can’t imagine that. I give human beings, individual human beings, far more value than that. To me, adopting that attitude is nothing short of racist suicide. That any women see it as desirable and empowering means they’ve lost sight of the most empowering thing *any* human being can become: a parent.

    There is no greater vocation available to our species. No greater good to be done than to become a parent.

    I’ll admit to spiritual parenthood in celibacy being an equal good. But women poisoning themselves to make themselves more sexually available to men without allowing the men to become fathers? That’s downright evil.

    —–

    Editing because I think the reply might end up deleted and because it is a good point as to a flaw in the above:

    Only good, no, greatest good, yes. There is a reason why grandparents are often so proud.

  53. But fewer black people are not being born. There are now more black people today than in 1973, both in absolute numbers and in percentage of the population. Just because you are obsessed with having as many kids as possible, does not mean that you can evaluate other people’s motives through that worldview. If you want to evaluate someone’s motives, you need to use their value system, not yours. If someone doesn’t think that having as many kids as possible is good, then them promoting birth control is not an act of malice.

  54. And what has happened in the last 50 years? People live longer.

    60% of black children do not escape from their mother’s womb.

    “If someone doesn’t think that having as many kids as possible is good” Is the problem. Directly.

  55. Do you really believe that directly making more people is the only good thing that can be done?