The March For Life, an event that began in 1974 in Washington D.C, had its annual march January 27 2017, marking the 44th year of its celebration. In years past, there have been many influential people that have spoken at this event from Ronald Regan in 1987, to Presidential candidate Rick Santorum in 2013, and Vice President Mike Pence in 2011, and 2017.
The March For Life in Washington D.C. was created by Nellie Gray in 1974 to protest, and bring awareness against the act of abortion, when the Supreme Court in the Roe v. Wade decision, made abortion legal in the United States. Coincidentally, the 2017 March for Life protest came on the heels of the Women’s March, which was placed in the national spotlight just last week. The Women’s March, in contrast with the March for Life, celebrated the act of abortion, declaring abortion as a “woman’s right” that must be protected in the United States, and all across the world.
In light of these two marches we must not forget the underlying factor of abortion:
Abortion is legal genocide on minority children and women, the intellectually disabled, and the poor.
The main provider of abortions in the United States is the organization Planned Parenthood (formerly known as the American Birth Control League). This organization, was founded in 1921 by a woman named Margaret Sanger, who was a nurse, sex educator, lecturer, and writer. In 1914, she released her first publication titled, “The Woman Rebel,” and in 1917 she wrote another publication titled “Family Limitation.” Margaret Sanger was an avid proponent of birth control, and believed in a process known as eugenics, which is described below:
Eugenics is the philosophy and social movement that argues it is possible to improve the human race and society by encouraging reproduction by people or populations with “desirable” traits (termed “positive” eugenics) and discouraging reproduction by people with “undesirable” qualities (termed “negative” eugenics) (http://pged.org/history-eugenics-and-genetics/)
Margaret Sanger believed minorities, poor people, and the intellectually disabled, carried with them “undesirable” traits that were not a positive contribution to the human race. In a book titled Pivot To Civilization, concerning those who she described as “feeble-minded” Margaret Sanger wrote:
When we learn further that the total number of inmates in public and private institutions in the State of New York—in alms-houses, reformatories, schools for the blind, deaf and mute, in insane asylums, in homes for the feeble-minded and epileptic—amounts practically to less than sixty-five thousand, an insignificant number compared to the total population, our eyes should be opened to the terrific cost to the community of this dead weight of human waste (emphasis mine).
Concerning exterminating the Black race Margaret Sanger commented:
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. (emphasis mine)
In writing about infants in large families, in a publication titled Eugenics and The New Race, Margaret Sanger penned the following statements:
““[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children… [Women must have the right] to live … to love… to be lazy … to be an unmarried mother … to create… to destroy… The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order… The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1 (1922) (emphasis mine)
In an article titled “A Plan For Peace,” Margaret Sanger explained in detail that the government should set in place a sterilization, and segregation, program “whose progeny is already tainted” (Sanger, 1932). In addition, Margaret Sanger argued the government should offer the parents of “feebleminded” (i.e., intellectually disabled) children the option to either be sterilized, or segregated, so they would not “infect” the general population (Sanger, 1932).
The ideology behind Margaret Sanger drives the actions behind Planned Parenthood. It is no accident about 80 percent of all Planned Parenthood centers are in minority neighborhoods. It is also a reality, “more African Americans die from abortions than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined” (www.studentsforlife.org, 2016).
Since 1973, Planned Parenthood has decreased the Black American population by more than 25 percent (www.studentsforlife.org, 2016). Even if Planned Parenthood claims on their website, out of all the services they provide, abortion makes up 3 percent of the services they offer, this does not change the worldview behind the philosophy of Planned Parenthood. The organization has within its core a worldview of genocide to minority women and children, the intellectually disabled, and the poor who Margaret Sanger believed to be “undesirable.”
The Bible gives a very different view of people no matter if they are minorities, poor, or if one is intellectually disabled. According to Scripture all human beings, male and female, are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). David in the Psalms, wrote he was “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God (Psalm 139:13-14). Job acknowledged how all men were fashioned personally by God, in the womb of their mothers (Job 31:13-15). Those who embrace abortion are hostile to the Biblical worldview. They refuse to see the intrinsic worth of a person as mankind has been created by the Lord God, in His image and likeness. Instead, those who embrace abortion declare the value of some human beings are arbitrary, and for the benefit of other human beings, they must be eliminated.
If we are believers who hold to a Biblical worldview, we must observe minorities, the intellectually disabled, and the poor the way God observes them. We must not neglect the underlying, terrible truth behind abortion: Its objective was, and is, to exterminate minority women and children, the intellectually disabled, and the poor among society. As believers in Christ, let us stand up for the truth of God’s word concerning human life, which does not discriminate against any race, age, sex, socioeconomic status, or ethnicity. Let us with compassion proclaim the gospel, and serve our neighbor, revealing the God who has died for all those who are born, and unborn.
Lastly, there may be one reading this who has experienced an abortion in the past, and perhaps experiences guilt as a result of this action. Yes this is a sin, but it is a sin that Christ Himself has died for, and by His death you have been forgiven. It is my hope you would repent, and receive His forgiveness. Jesus Christ took on your (and mine) sin, and the wrath that you (and I) deserve in your (and my) place. As a result, you (and I) have received a full, and complete, pardon from all of your sins past, present, and future. May you find comfort in the love of God, found in Christ, for you. Amen.
Until next time…
Soli Deo Gloria!