The Peach State has a long history with Civil Rights. Once ravaged by racial hatred in the form of eugenics-based segregation and Jim Crow laws, Georgia continues to experience the politics of racism. Even though the Civil Rights Acts of ‘64 and the Voting Rights Act of ‘65 ensured federal criminalization of racial discrimination, Georgia and many other states lagged behind because open racists and eugenicists went underground, so to speak. Controlling the Black birth rate, as in preventing the procreation of certain individuals (particularly among the poorer socio-economic demographic) had been the goal of Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project. But birth control wasn’t enough. Abortion became the tool used to stealthily target a population that was considered ‘inferior’ and ‘unfit’. Although the discredited pseudoscience of eugenics caused many in that movement to euphemize the ideology (in large part due to its inevitable and holocaustic outcome in Nazi Germany), it lived on in population control policies, welfare and legalized abortion. Often, the deep-seated mindsets of racial or class antipathy find ways to mask themselves in public policy, purporting to be benevolent, but clearly showing a nature of destruction.
The majority of Georgia’s abortion clinics are located in urban areas where blacks reside, which reflects the national trend (see new independent study revealing clinic locations).2 According to US Census bureau racial demographic data, 8 out of the 15 GA abortion clinics are located in majority Black neighborhoods (50%+ African-American). In 2008, there were 35,888 abortions performed in Georgia (an increase of more than 4,850 from 2007’s 31,038 abortions) of which 58.2% were African-American. Blacks comprise only 30% of the total population in Georgia according to U.S. Census data. This amounts to 20,909 African-American abortions which is almost twice that of the white population (9,954) and over 4x that of all other races combined (5,025). The counties with the highest abortions are Fulton (20,347) and Dekalb (8,171) comprising 79% of all abortions in Georgia 3. It is important to note that these numbers DO NOT INCLUDE any abortions performed on GA residents who seek abortions outside of the state. Only 4,002 of the total 35,888 GA abortions are out-of-state residents (of which 50% are African-American) who’ve sought abortions inside of Georgia.According to the 2008 GA Division of Health report, 73% of all abortions in the state are by women who are high school graduates and college students (34% High School Grads or GED, 39% Some College or higher). The largest segment of those having abortions are the 18-24 age group accounting for 40% of all Georgia abortions, with 26% attributed to 25-29 year olds.4
Despite the Guttmacher Institute claim to the contrary, the racial disparity of abortion cannot be explained by a lack of access because most of the clinics are located within or minutes away from urban areas where blacks reside.5 Somehow women manage to find an abortion clinic to have an abortion performed, but are curiously incapable of finding the same facility for birth control? This is intellectually insulting. What Guttmacher and Planned Parenthood never mention is that there are thousands of TITLE X funded medical clinics throughout the US. In Georgia alone, there are 222 clinics that receive this federal funding in order to offer the exact same services that Planned Parenthood does without providing abortions, nor profit from this evil act of injustice. And these services are available, primarily for low-income individuals who pay according to a sliding scale basis, or receive any services completely free of charge if unable to pay.6
This ‘lack of access’ myth is even more ludicrous if you look at the insurance coverage and poverty levels of the different racial demographics. For example, Asian women who are almost equal to blacks in the rate of uninsured do not have the same rate of “unintended” pregnancies as blacks. Their uninsured rate is 17.6% versus 19.1% for Blacks.7
Another myth concerning ‘lack of access’ relates to uninsured levels, an argument the pro-abortion community proclaims is at the core of the unintended pregnancy rate in America. Nationally, the percentage of total population in poverty has increased and when comparing the black vs. Hispanic populations is nearly identical (24.5% and 21.5% respectively). Hispanics are, however, uninsured at a far higher rate than any other race at 32.1%, yet their percentage of the national abortion total is 21%–-half of that of African-Americans.8
Abortion never lessens poverty. This is the repeated claim made by the abortion industry and groups like SisterSong (pro-abortion activist group located in Atlanta). The facts reveal that poverty levels, nationwide, have dramatically increased since 1973, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, rising from 23 million Americans to 39.8 million in 2008. (Keep in mind poverty levels dramatically decreased from 1960 to 1973 falling from 40 million to 23 million people).9
By characterizing abortion as a right, Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood offered a salve to coat the deep scars of America’s racist past and the result is high “unintended” pregnancy rates and abandonment by would-be fathers. Unmarried women comprise 84% of all abortions according to the CDC. The result is a proliferation of condoms and contraceptives freely distributed to any and all. Planned Parenthood has existed since the early 20s (albeit as the American Birth Control League until 1942) and has existed, since its beginnings, primarily in urban areas. Despite more than sixty years of sex “education”, Planned Parenthood continues to cry for more of our tax dollars (over $360 million annually) to promote sexual relativism as they are largely responsible for the failure to reduce the unintended pregnancy rate, epidemic levels of abortion (40% of all black pregnancies), fatherlessness (72.3%), and STDs among our teens (exponentially higher than any other race)10 .
SIDENOTE: The Guttmacher Institute (GI), a pro-abortion advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood and funded by the abortion giant (named after former Planned Parenthood President Alan Guttmacher) is one of two reporting entities that provides abortion statistics nationwide. There is no federal compulsion for any abortion clinic to report to either the GI or the CDC. The CDC funds Planned Parenthood through millions of dollars worth of grants. And the CDC admits that its data suffers from underreporting as there are states/areas that do not report their abortion stats to the CDC (CA, NH, FL and New York City).11 It does make it difficult to expect critical assessments of the statistical data to be objective.