- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Sharon L. Camp, president and chief executive of the Guttmacher Institute, writes that blacks have more abortions (almost five times as many as white women have) because of higher rates of unintended pregnancies brought on by “pervasive health, economic and social disparities” (“Keeping an eye on the wrong thing,” Letter, Wednesday). However, these conditions motivate women to fewer pregnancies.

Ms. Camp says her solution is more “contraceptives and comprehensive sex education,” but Planned Parenthood has saturated the black community with contraceptives since the 1940s (beginning with Margaret Sanger) and sex education for many years. Her “solutions” are proven failures. Even the Supreme Court, in its 1992 Casey decision, recognized that abortion is a backup for contraception because Americans “for two decades organized intimate relationships … on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.”

Here are just a few examples of why Ms. Camp should know that contraceptives will not lower the black abortion rate. In 1970, Dr. Malcolm Potts, a former medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, said: “Abortion and contraception are inextricably intertwined in their use. As the idea of family limitation spreads through a community there appears to be a rise in the incidence of induced abortion at the point where the community begins to initiate the use of contraceptives.”

In 1998, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reported that 58 percent of women who had had abortions were using contraceptives in the month they became pregnant. The institute published contraceptive failure rates for condoms at 23 percent and the pill at 13 percent among unmarried, non-cohabiting minority teens.

The problem of black abortions is the racism that Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood have heaped on black families since the early 1900s. They used sterilization, contraception and abortion in an effort to decrease the black population. Their racism has resulted in the destruction of black families to the point that 70 percent of black children are born out of wedlock. The number of these fatherless families has increased over the years. Anyone can see that the Planned Parenthood paradigm for blacks is not helping them but is hurting them severely.

MISSY SMITH

Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Washington

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