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The Essence of turning a blind eye

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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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” What could more apply to this than abortion?

Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers have been handing out shirts, water bottles, and tote bags all week-end. In other words, they’ve been propagandizing. They want their message and their brand-name to spread even further among the African-American community.

Even a man of God such as Reverend Al Sharpton is said to have stopped by the Planned Parenthood booth at the event. The prophet Isaiah says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” To call abortion anything at all positive is to do precisely this, to call good what God calls evil and call evil what God calls good. The Church must be united against abortion, and therefore against the servants of Moloch at Planned Parenthood.

Margaret Sanger once said, “we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Sanger exploited African-American religious leaders to sell murder to their congregations, to convince people that it is okay to sacrifice the future to the convenience of the present.

I do want the word to get out that that is exactly what Margaret Sanger wanted, and, that, consciously or not, the African-American community is eliminating its own future by turning a blind eye to abortion and the breakdown of the family.

I encourage all African-American women who respect life, and all African-American women of faith, to boycott Essence until they live up to their own words and give us a real motivating message.

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