As of June 19, 2023, Pennsylvania is waiting for its Supreme Court to vote on whether Medicaid can be used to pay for abortions across the commonwealth. Allegheny Reproductive v. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services would allow for a more streamlined process for Pennsylvania tax dollars to pay for abortions.
The left claims this would be a win not only for so-called reproductive rights but also racial justice, as it would allow more black women in impoverished communities to afford abortions. The left believes if black women have on-demand abortions, they would be closer to bringing racial justice. In believing this, they create a conundrum — no group has suffered from abortion more than black people.
Abortion Among Black Americans
Prominent pro-life African Americans such as Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., and Louisiana state Sen. Katrina Jackson agree that abortion is detrimental to black Americans. King harks back to her uncle when she asks, “How can The Dream survive if we murder the children?” Jackson goes even further by saying the fight against abortion is a fight against “modern-day genocide.”
Jackson is spot on in her analysis. According to an amicus curiae brief filed by the Independence Law Center in the Allegheny case, almost 40 percent of black babies are aborted in Pennsylvania. In surrounding states, the problem is equally bad or worse — in New York, 59.6 percent of black, non-Hispanic babies are aborted. There are more black babies aborted in New York than born.
Black people are disproportionately the most affected by abortion when compared to any other race. Among the black demographic, abortion is essentially a thinly veiled genocide.
History of Targeted Abortions
Believe it or not, this mass killing was intentional. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger set up her infamous organization with the intention of targeting and controlling the black population. Sanger’s goal was to control and eliminate all minority groups, especially African Americans.
Sanger devised a plan she deemed “The Negro Project.” “The Negro Project” sought to keep the black population under control by introducing abortion to black neighborhoods, which solved Sanger’s “great problem of the South.” In a personal letter to Clarence J. Gamble, she suggested Planned Parenthood use “negro doctor[s],” because “we don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
If the openly racist Sanger saw abortion as a way of exterminating black people, how did African Americans become entangled in the lie that abortion is empowering? The story comes full circle with a culprit born in the same state that Allegheny Reproductive is being heard in: Pennsylvania native Elaine Brown.
Elaine Brown and Her Influence
Elaine Brown leads a wild life. She was born in Philadelphia, moved to Oakland, California, to begin her musical career, became the only female leader of the Black Panther Party, left the party to release her first album, and in 2008 ran for president. As the leader of the Black Panthers, Brown became arguably the most influential African American who supported killing unborn children in history.
In her time as party head, Brown made some critical changes to the Panthers. Huey Newton was the first head of the Black Panther Party, and he hated contraceptives and abortion. He saw through Sanger’s concealed motive and realized abortion was a way of controlling and eventually eliminating the black population. Newton even went as far as to forbid Panther women from getting abortions. When he left for Cuba, Brown began to shift the party away from Newton’s beliefs.
Brown was influenced by feminists who encouraged her to change the policy of the Black Panthers. These feminists convinced her abortion was good for women and allowed them to be equal to men. Brown claimed, “I would support every assertion of human rights by women — from the right to abortion to the right of equality with men as laborers and leaders. I would declare that the agenda of the Black Panther Party and our revolution to free black people from oppression specifically included black women.” Little did she know, she was playing right into the hands of Sanger. Brown openly aided and abetted the genocide of her own race.
Elaine Brown and Her Legacy
When Roe v. Wade passed in 1973, the Panthers publicly supported the abortion movement. Their influence shaped how the entire African American population of Oakland felt about the issue. Brown successfully converted a city into believing Sanger’s company was beneficial for them. In February, Planned Parenthood of Delaware honored Brown as one of the key champions of African American “reproductive rights.” Other left-leaning organizations, like the National Women’s Law Center, New York Times, Harvard, and more, put her on a pedestal for what they called her achievements as a fighter for racial equality in reproductive rights.
Although the left praises Elaine Brown as a hero and freedom fighter for both black and women’s rights, she should be remembered as a dupe. Under her leadership, she successfully built a movement that has killed more black people than any other cause of death in the United States. Brown’s legacy should be not one of a strong activist but as a puppet of Margaret Sanger, leader of the black genocide.