Essence claims to have a “motivating message” for African-American women, and to “speak directly to a Black woman's spirit, her heart and her unique concerns. Every month African-American women rely on Essence for editorial content designed to help them move their lives forward personally, professionally, intellectually and spiritually.”
Essence must think that African-American women will be moved forward spiritually by Planned Parenthood, because the largest abortion provider in the United States, one that kills 300,000 American babies annually, is sponsoring the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.
According to Planned Parenthood executive vice-president Dawn Laguens, one of Planned Parenthood’s goals in sponsoring this event is “to educate festival attendees about health disparities in the African-American community.” I’m guessing one of those disparities isn’t the shocking, shocking, shocking abortion rate.
According to the Guttmacher Institute—Planned Parenthood’s very own research and propaganda wing—African-Americans, roughly 13% of the population, have 30% of all abortions in the United States, the highest rate of any racial group. Statistics from 2010 show that in New York City, African-Americans, who make up roughly one-quarter of the population, get 45% of the abortions.
No, that disparity doesn’t bother anyone at Planned Parenthood. They probably see it as a good thing. Not only is it more business and more money for their organization, but to them, abortion is not only healthy, but empowering. If they’re right, then blacks have a higher empowerment rate than whites, the highest among any group.
Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice-president of Planned Parenthood, says that “African Americans have higher rates of many preventable diseases, including cancers, diabetes, heart disease and sexually transmitted infections.”
Pregnancy is not a disease, despite African-American Member of Congress Gwen Moore calling it “a danger to women's health and safety of their families.” Neither is a baby a “punishment,” as our African-American president of the United States called it, in reference to the idea of killing his own grandchild.
Let’s not forget who founded Planned Parenthood: Margaret Sanger, a thoroughgoing racist who openly believed that whites were genetically superior to blacks. As Herman Cain and otherssuch as Alveda King, niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., have pointed out, Planned Parenthood centers are most often located in urban areas, especially in African-American neighborhoods. They know who their top customers are.