African American women, who make up only 13 percent of the U.S. female population, accounted for 32 percent of the 1,293,000 abortions performed in the United States in 2002.
That's 413,760 abortions performed on black women in one year -- or 1,133 a day. (In the District, half of all pregnancies ended in abortion, a higher percentage than in any state.) No outcry over that because those were just disposable fetuses, right? That is, until Bennett spoke of aborting "black babies," and suddenly those fetuses become precious pre-born black people who must be saved from the evil Dr. Bill...To that end, we might welcome the controversy about abortion and black babies and the long-overdue focus it brings to the black womb -- home to hope unbound as well as unspeakable tragedy. Who is responsible for the protection and care of this amazing uterine environment, where the most wonderful fetal programming can occur just by having a loving husband kiss his pregnant wife?Bennett? Sorry, he ain't in it.
Liberal WashPost Columnist on Bennett: Welcome the Focus on Black Parenthood
A pro-life pal on the Hill says more people should read black columnist Courtland Milloy in the Washington Post. He responded to the Bennett brouhaha by making the point that blacks who are doing all the aborting (and black men who aren't doing any fathering) are more of a problem than Bennett's talk, which at least focuses on the problem, as he cites data from Planned Parenthood's Alan Guttmacher Institute: