National Minority Health Month is celebrated in the United States during the month of April. The objective of this event is to create awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, health disparities are usually defined as a number of significant differences between one population and another. This article will focus on disparities in reproductive health issues affecting the African American and Hispanic communities.
Although unintended pregnancies have declined in general, African American and Hispanic women have been disproportionately affected by unwanted pregnancies and abortion. A 2011 study reported that the rate of unintended pregnancies per year is 18 per 1000 for white women, 79 per 1000 for black women and 33 per 1000 for Hispanic women. Of these pregnancies 42% (excluding miscarriages) ended in abortion. More babies from minorities, black and other racial and ethnic groups, were killed choosing in abortion. We merely need to see the statistics to identify the disparities.
The response to the high rates of unwanted pregnancies and abortions has been to encourage increased contraceptive use among minorities. It is known that 91% of Latino and at least 83% of African American women who have had sex have used contraception. More than half of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method in the month they became pregnant. This shows that the widespread use of contraception does not reduce abortion rates, but in fact appears that high contraception use correlates with high abortion rates.
Furthermore, it is known that the contraceptive mentality has its roots in the eugenics movement. This movement is founded on the assumption that there are certain people who are not fit to live, particularly poor minority populations. These people are scornfully referred to as “human weeds.”
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood–the largest provider of abortions in the United States–advocated eugenics and considered blacks as “human waste.” It is no coincidence that Planned Parenthood abortion mills are located close to the vulnerable Hispanic and African American communities.
Planned Parenthood may consider the prevalence of this mentality a “success,” because the use of contraceptives is seen as the “responsible attitude” and the only way to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Although minorities are often portrayed as an example of people who benefit most from contraception, the statistics above speak otherwise.
Little is said about how contraceptive hormones can cause abortions. Birth control hormones thin the endometrium (lining of the uterus), making implantation less likely, resulting in early abortion. The use of contraceptives not only directly causes abortion, but also promotes the culture of abortion.
Paraphrasing Martin Luther King, Jr., the black [and perhaps also the Hispanic] could not win, while willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety. How can Rev. King’s “American Dream” survive if we kill children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in his mother’s womb. The mother decides his/her fate.
We need your help to combat health inequalities, especially reproductive health disparities in minorities. One More Soul has resources to help communities understand the harms of contraception and abortion and the benefits of chastity and openness to life in marriage. Join us during Minority Health Month to distribute our brochures, books, and resources for the Hispanic community and other minorities.
To see resources in Spanish click HERE