Published January 22, 2013
Two years ago, 400,000 people descended on Washington, D.C. to protest the millions of innocent lives ended by abortion in this nation. At this Friday’s March for Life, that number is expected to top 600,000. That is three times the number that attended the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963 and more than came to town for the President’s Inauguration.
Abortion has become the civil rights issue of our day.
Since it was made legal forty years ago, 55 million babies are estimated to have died from abortion. Approximately one of every four babies in this country is killed through abortion. Almost one million more babies die from abortion each year, or roughly two babies a minute. Abortion is a holocaust against an entire class of people, the weakest and most helpless among us. And as a doctor, I know abortion hurts women deeply, both psychologically and physically.
The roots of the abortion movement are profoundly racist. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, espoused eugenics and believed “family planning” was a way to eliminate racial minorities from society. She sought the elimination of the “unfit” and strove to prevent the “undeniably feeble-minded” from procreating. She was a White Supremacist who supported strict curbs on immigration and once suggested that as long as blacks, Jews, and Hispanics were “'the best of their race,' then they can be [counted] as valuable citizens.”
It should come as no surprise then, that decades later, Planned Parenthood clinics have high concentrations in neighborhoods where blacks, Hispanics, and other racial minorities are most prevalent.
Advocates for abortion have become heavyweight bullies that hold congressional funding hostage, funding that could help the very poor minorities in the neighborhoods where Planned Parenthood and its allies set up shop, to the tune of half a billion dollars a year. Recall that even when a private breast cancer charity, the Susan G. Komen foundation, decided it would no longer fund Planned Parenthood as they do not provide women with mammograms, abortion advocates led such a dirty onslaught of bullying that the cancer foundation backed away and the Vice President for Public Policy left her job.
And now, abortion advocates are no longer satisfied with half a billion dollars of taxpayer money, they want private employers to pay for things like contraception and abortion pills against their consciences. They have tried to put religious pharmacists who object to dispensing these drugs out of business and are happy to see religious employers pay millions of dollars in fines annually for refusing to fund what in their view is gravely immoral.
Abortion advocates were not satisfied with innocent death, now they want to undermine religion and religious freedom too.
All the pundits are now saying that the Hispanic vote is the future. They are right. We are the future of this country. We are still having children. We are working hard. We are saving. We and the generations before us fought hard to get to this great nation of freedom and rights, and now we are forming its pillars.
Somos el futuro.
But what kind of future is a future of rampant death? A future where an employer must pay for an employee’s abortion even when it violates his or her religious beliefs? A future where the funding for our children’s education goes to kill the children of others?
Hispanics are overwhelmingly pro-life. Let us rise up and demand that our lawmakers ensure that our future is one of life and liberty for all.