Citing a recent Pew survey that found increased “hopelessness” among black women, a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King sees a chance to pin yet another social ill on freedom of choice. In an article entitled “Abortion Causes ‘Hopelessness’ in Black Communities, King Says,” we read
“The incredibly high number of abortions performed on black women in this country has to take a toll not just on the women involved, but also on their families, friends, and communities,” King said. “If African-Americans feel that life will not get better, I have to believe that abortion is feeding into that hopelessness.”
Her reason for drawing this conclusion?
“Children are the future. When you destroy your children, you destroy hope,” Dr. Alveda King, pastoral associate of Priests for Life and the niece of the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said in a statement.
Notice it’s not that hopelessness feeds into a reluctance to bring children into a world of poverty and despair. That might suggest that we ought to do something, I dunno, liberal, like addressing the root causes of poverty, injustice, and racial discrimination. No, Christians like Dr. King want us to turn that around and just blame abortion, thus avoiding all that liberal stuff. Deprive black women of their freedom of choice, and that nasty feeling of hopelessness will just magically disappear. Nothing restores an unemployed single mom’s sense of optimism like having another helpless baby to feed and care for.
Sure, that makes sense.