The statistics are alarming: While African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the population of the U.S., more than one-third of all babies aborted in the nation are black. By some estimates, nearly 25 percent of black children have been aborted since Roe v. Wade made the practice legal in 1973 – that’s 15 million black babies who never saw the light of day.
Abortion is so prevalent in the black community that out of all ethnic groups in America, blacks are the only group experiencing a net decrease in population. When Planned Parenthood opens a new abortion center, more often than not, it’s in a black neighborhood.
To Dr. Ashley Harrell, these figures are not just concerning, they’re outrageous. That’s why she teamed up with Church of Joy and the Sidewalk Sunday School to launch Black People Against Abortion, a Chicago-based grassroots movement by black people and for black people to spread awareness about the abortion epidemic and encourage black women to resist the abortion industry’s relentless sales pitch.
Harrell told LifeSiteNews that the movement grew naturally out of work Church of Joy and Sidewalk Sunday School were already doing to support children in the surrounding urban community.
“About three years ago, [Church of Joy] Pastor Luis Reyes said, ‘You know, we’re reaching out and advocating for children, but we’ve got to start from the womb,’” Harrell said. “And so Black People Against Abortion began as we looked at the research and found out, [black people] are leaders in abortion…even though we’re the minority group.”
“Why do we have to be first?” she asked.
Harrell added, “If someone’s going to cry out, we need to cry out – for our children, for all children, but specifically, there need to be more people of color in the fight to cry out for life.”
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