Monday, March 28, 2011

How many black babies are aborted in Halifax?

An article on Jill Stanek's site today, Abortion is Black Genocide, has me thinking about the number of black babies aborted here in Nova Scotia.

I have often thought about this but have not written anything about it for fear of being politically incorrect. But there is no doubt that blacks in Nova Scotia are, for the most part, an economically-challenged racial group. And, when money is tight, families suffer and more babies are usually aborted.

In contacting churches to become active in the 40 Days for Life campaign, I got little response from any black Baptist churches. I was hesitant to push harder in this area for the afore-mentioned political correctness that constrains us all.

But living in Halifax, one is aware of the segregation of blacks here. Having lived in Toronto and Ottawa previously, where there are many immigrants from all countries, I was very familiar with the intermingling of races in my children's classrooms. Here in Nova Scotia, one does not see many people from the West Indies; the blacks here are indigenous people and are related more to American blacks than to West Indians or Africans.

In the late 1960's, the community of Africville was razed to the ground in order to build a second bridge across the harbour. Houses, a school and a church were all bulldozed and replaced by SeaView Park with the residents being moved into nearby public housing. The community was broken and families suffered the consequences. Today there is no doubt that crime, drug abuse, prostitution are endemic problems in the black community here; we hear of frequent drug-related shootings in the village of Preston, and one is advised not to walk at night in the streets around Uniacke Square or Mulgrave Park.

While Halifax may not have as high a percentage of blacks as some American cities, I am sure that many of the issues that affect our American blacks will be issues here as well. And that means abortion rates are probably high, higher than amongst whites I would speculate.

I would love to open up this issue here because I am convinced it is huge. When I see black teens walking together from Oxford School to the public housing on Gottingen Street, blacks who stick together and don't generally mix with whites, I am sure that teen pregnancy and abortion are issues that are not being talked about. Perhaps they are mentioned in the Baptist churches that some attend, but I have not been able to discern any discussion of abortion there.

In a city that has its share of segregation but won't admit to it, abortion is another taboo subject especially when it comes to the black community. Yet they are suffering from it even more than whites. If they are aborting their children in greater numbers than whites are, then they are becoming an even smaller visible minority in the population. And shrinking numbers will deprive them even more of the opportunities at education and employment that they so badly need to break the cycle of poverty and welfare dependence.

Last year, Saint Mary's University Women's Centre, hosted a conference on reproductive rights called Trust Women and one of their keynote speakers was Loretta Ross, founder and co-director of Sister Song, an organization devoted to abortion rights for black women. Isn't it amazing that we are asked to trust women, even when they advocate to kill off their own race? Does she not know of the black genocide occurring in the United States? Or is abortion such a "sacred right" that one will support it even at the demise of one's own people?

There is so much need for education of the public on the issue of abortion. Ignorance abounds, even in those who should know better.

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