Star Parker

Can it be accidental that along with the millions of abortions that followed the Roe v. Wade decision, the stability of American families spiraled downward, divorce rates increased, and out of wedlock birth rates skyrocketed to where today four of ten babies are born to unwed mothers?

As Tom Sowell has pointed out, as late as 1970 most black children were raised in two parent families. By 1995 one third were.

For those who claim that Christian conservatives care only about abortion and gay marriage and are indifferent to social issues such as poverty, know that they are all one and the same issue.

The black poverty rate, which has been frozen at twice the national average for decades, is almost exclusively a phenomenon of single parent homes. Black families with two married parents at home are on approximate economic par with white families.

According to the most recent report on sexually transmitted diseases from the Center for Disease Control, these diseases are increasing and spreading in our nation. And blacks account, depending on the disease, for between 50-70 percent of them.

No, this is not about "reproductive freedom." This about respect for life, for others, and a true culture of responsibility.

What can be done?

Understand that our crisis is one of values. Restore law that protects all life. And free at risk children from the tyranny of government schools where they are taught moral relativism. Allow these children the freedom to go to church schools.

Meanwhile, Mr. President, we'll see you again next January 22.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.