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The tragic deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York have created havoc throughout the country. While this is not an attempt to analyze the complicated “cause and effect” that has led to these events, the blatant hypocrisy in this current debate as it relates to the abortion issue begs comment.

“Black lives matter.”

We, as a nation, are committed to racial equality. Not only do we want to feel good about the progress that has been made, but we are also ready to admit that more work is needed.

So here is the question that does not get media attention: In light of abortion statistics, do black lives really matter?

  • Even though African-Americans only represent 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, they are getting more than 36 percent of all abortions performed. That’s approximately 1,000 a day.

  • An estimated 16 million black babies have perished since Roe v. Wade.

  • Since legalization, abortions have killed more black Americans than AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and all violent crimes combined.

  • Black women are almost 5 times more likely to have an abortion than white women.

  • More black babies are aborted in New York City than are born alive.

  • For the first time, the latest annual statistic tells us that more than 50 percent of all abortions in Michigan were performed on black babies.

No public outcry. No marches in the streets. No protests.

Where is President Obama? Where is the Congressional Black Caucus? Where is the NAACP? Where is the liberal media? Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson?

Where are they! Even a more pertinent question, where have they been for the last 42 years?

What about Planned Parenthood? Why are we still sending them our hard-earned tax dollars? This is an organization that aggressively markets abortion-on-demand to the black community.

While the larger debate that is currently raging across our nation is not our mission, we would like to raise a very timely question to those chanting “black lives matter.”

What about innocent children in the womb?

We will continue to address the abortion issue as it relates to the African-American community in Michigan. Here are ways you can be involved in this important effort.

  1. Dedicated staff and volunteer minority outreach committee members are reaching out to enlist the help of minority leaders from the community, from the political arena, and from the churches. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our office of multi-cultural outreach at (313) 212-1326 or email tteifer@rtl.org.

  2. We continue to have a presence at multi-cultural events, including the Metro-Detroit Youth Day which is unlike any other event in the country. We also host a series of events each February during Black History Month. Click for a list of 2015 events to promote and attend.

  3. Consider downloading and sharing this fact sheet about abortion and the black community. Or purchase a Dreams Begin With Life Youth Inspiration Kit to share with churches for Sunday school classes or for elementary school classes.

  4. Consider a donation to Right to Life of Michigan to support our life-saving work.

All lives matter!

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