The Missionary Movement to 'Save' Black Babies
- by reporter Akiba Solomon -
I wanted to bring to your attention a new investigative article in Colorlines, The Missionary Movement to 'Save' Black Babies, by reporter Akiba Solomon. The article which details the extremes the pro-life movement is taking to create "fake" family planning centers targeting black women, and aggressively marketing to black women with misinformation about abortion. Solomon's investigation unpacks the insidious practice with great detail, breaking new ground in the story of so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers."
The piece explores how:
* Care Net, the nation’s largest network of Evangelical Christian crisis pregnancy centers, has been attempting to place unregulated, non-profit facilities that resemble family planning clinics in Black neighborhoods. They call this technique “planting.” The “planting” process falls under a so-called Urban Initiative.
* They’ve been using the propaganda film “Maafa 21,” billboards that repeat decontextualized statistics from the film. Using what appears to be concrete facts from this film, Republican and ultraconservative Black ministers, activists and volunteers perpetuate the idea that Black women and babies are being targeted for genocide, mainly by Planned Parenthood.
* How Black Republican/tea party-affiliated Evangelicals are leveraging the propaganda. In Care Net advertising, Urban Initiative centers are supposedly Black-owned, operated and community-centered. What Akiba found, in Kansas City, MO, at least, is that they are absolutely not. Instead, a group of suburban white women who admitted that they had no experience with the deeply segregated Black side of town relied on a local adviser who is Black. His politics are in line with Todd Akin’s and don’t reflect that of the overall community.
Basically the piece is a window into how the pro-life movement is targeting and essentially guilting and scaring African American women.
Woman Dies After Abortion, Chicago Medical Examiner Refuses to Release Autopsy
- Life Legal Defense Foundation Demands Information About Planned Parenthood Death -
(Chicago) The death of Tonya Reaves, a 24 year-old who died after an abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center in Chicago, has remained a mystery because employees at the Chicago Office of the Medical Examiner failed to comply with the Life Legal Defense Foundation’s request for Reaves’ autopsy report. The controversial manner of Reaves’ death on July 20th trigged a hailstorm of calls for abortion provider regulation in Illinois, one of the few states allowing abortion providers to function virtually unfettered with little or no oversight.
Attorney Allison K. Aranda, Senior Staff Counsel for the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), stated that a formal public records request for Reaves’ autopsy report was made in writing on July 23rd by a staff member of Operation Rescue, who received a denial of her request via telephone. The caller, from the medical examiner’s office, informed Operation Rescue that their request was denied because they did not have family authorization or a subpoena.
Illinois law specifically states that all records in the custody or possession of a public body are presumed to be open to inspection or copying, and nowhere does the state exempt autopsy reports from compliance. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Guide for Law Enforcement published July 12, 2012 by the Attorney General’s Office specifically states that autopsy reports are public records and should be released. A 2010 Illinois Public Access Counselor review also stated clearly that autopsy reports in the files of the medical examiner are within the provenance of the FOIA and concluded that, “the reports are public records and should be released.”
“The medical examiner’s office has no basis to deny my client’s request for the autopsy report involving the deceased Tonya Reaves,” explained Aranda, who called for immediate compliance from the medical examiner. In the event that Operation Rescue’s lawful request for this public document is not met, Aranda promised legal action. She also noted that the medical examiner is already in violation of Illinois law, which provides that, “Each public body denying a request for public records shall notify the requester in writing of the decision to deny the request, the reasons for the denial, including a detailed factual basis for the application of any exemption claimed, and the names and titles or positions of each person responsible for the denial.” Operation Rescue received none of this required due process of law in their valid FOIA request for the autopsy report of Tonya Reaves.
The LLDF’s letter to the Office of the Medical Examiner is here.
About the Life Legal Defense Foundation
Life Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens, committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information, go to www.lldf.org
BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICANS AND ABORTION
- Abortion: A Crime Against the Black Community...
What is important to note is that since 1973, legal abortion has killed more African Americans then AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and violent crime combined.
- Abortion and African Americans...
More than ever it seems, pro-abortion forces are determined to silence the truth.
- Abortion: The Invisible Assault Weapon on African-Americans ...
The founder of BlackGenocide.org says President Obama has fully sold out to, supported and championed the most aggressive baby-killing agenda in the nation's history.
- African Americans and Abortion
Are African Americans overrepresented when it comes to the number of abortions performed?
- A Major Crisis in the African-American Community...
Since Roe vs. Wade, 13 million African American lives have been lost to abortion. 1452 abortions are performed daily on African American women and their pre-born children. African Americans represent 12% of the population yet account for 35% of the abortions performed in the U.S.
- BlackGenocide.org ...
It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 10 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 31 million, the missing 10 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America's Black community would now number 41 million persons.
- Debate Boils Over African-American Abortions...
As part of its "Too Many Aborted" campaign, the Radiance Foundation created many controversial racially-targeted billboards that were taken down.
- Why African Americans Support Abortion Rights...
Is someone pushing black women into abortion against our will? Of course not. Our high abortion rate reflects our high rate of unintended pregnancy -- which in turn reflects poverty and a lack of accessible, affordable health care.
- Why Is the Black Abortion Rate So High?...
It's puzzling when poll results show that blacks tend to view abortion through a conservative lens. A Wisconsin ad campaign likening the black abortion rate to genocide throws the contradiction into stark relief.