I have learned over the years that I need to celebrate the small victories along life’s path. Sometimes, we only look to the battles ahead and celebrate only when the entire war is won. But as we work together for the good of the nation, I want to celebrate some positive events with you before we press on to win the war.
Abortion has been a shadowy and divisive topic for decades, but that is changing. Americans are becoming increasingly pro-life, and this shift in sentiment has led to the closure of a record number of abortion clinics this year. The Baptist Press reported that as of mid-September—according to Operation Rescue—forty-four abortion clinics in America were no longer open for business. More women are choosing life, and more communities are rejecting the presence of unsafe and unregulated clinics.
While there are undoubtedly several reasons for this trend, most involve the growing amount of information available about how abortion is actually practiced in our country. While misinformation still abounds, we know a lot more about abortion than we did when Roe v. Wade passed in 1973. Drastically improved ultrasound technology has nullified the argument that an unborn child is a “blob of tissue.” Information on how abortion is marketed and regulated, as well as evidence of unsafe clinics and testimonies from women who deeply regret their abortions have begun dispelling the myth that abortion is a harmless, morally neutral medical procedure.
Noting the trend, Time Magazine sounded the alarm back in January, on the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, declaring that, “Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. They've been losing ever since.” It seems that the more Americans learn about abortion, the less they like it.
Among the most disturbing facts coming to light about abortion in America are its racist origins. For years, abortion advocates have downplayed the racist sentiments of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood (the nation’s largest abortion provider) whom they still celebrate as a hero. Although abortion was illegal during Sanger’s lifetime, her Negro Project was aimed at dramatically reducing the black birthrate because she deemed blacks “unfit” to reproduce. Sold to many—including black leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois and Mary McCleod Bethune—as a solution to poverty, Sanger hoped to sterilize as many black women as possible.
Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.