I was painfully reminded in a recent article that 800,000 babies are aborted each year in this country (that would be fetuses for the P.C. crowd). As a sidelight, the author pointed out that almost forty percent of them are black. I’m not exactly sure why it’s racist to imprison a disproportionate number of our black brothers and sisters, but it’s okay to disproportionately kill their babies. Fortunately for the political crowd, I’m not the one writing the rules of racism, or they would be on the outs (as we used to say).
If you watch or listen to the news, you probably know the following info. In the state where I reside, our governor was recently outed as racist for possibly appearing in blackface in his medical school yearbook. I say “possibly” because he may have been the other person in the infamous photo—you know, the one clad in KKK garb. He, of course, denies it all. His claims are rather dubious, but who can say for sure—not even him, apparently.
Health and Welfare
I point this out because, in his former life, he was a physician. Not just any physician, mind you—a pediatrician. He was lauded for his work with improving the health and welfare of little children. I’m not sure, but I would assume that included the health and welfare of black children as well.
A few days prior to the outing of his yearbook fiasco, he indicated that he would not stand in opposition to ending the life of a newborn child. Some are using the term “abortion” for such a procedure, but I have a hard time reconciling that term with such a practice. It seems to me there are more appropriate expressions for this—murder comes to mind. Some have called it infanticide, but that sounds a bit too antiseptic.
The governor’s post-birth abortion stance has been quickly swept under the rug by his yearbook revelations. Both are untenable, but I can’t help wondering if there is some connection between the two. Given the history of abortion in this country (does the name, Margaret Sanger, ring a bell?), the connection between racism and abortion has been an underlying thread through it all. We can camouflage it as women’s reproductive rights all we want. The history and the results alike tell a subtly different story (well, maybe it’s not so subtle after all).
Sheep to the Slaughter
I may be reaching a bit far with this train of thought. These two portions of the governor’s life may not be connected at all. But even if he is innocent of this kind of thinking, there are plenty of others who are following in Sanger’s footsteps. Some do it intentionally, while others, I suppose, merely fall into line like sheep.
Scripture tells us that God “knit us together” in our mothers’ wombs. The same Psalm adds that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” I can’t help but think that the Lord weeps over what we do to our children—color notwithstanding.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]