To state the obvious, the past year was a dumpster fire … aboard a train wreck … hurtling over a cliff … into a school of Great White sharks.
I am writing this on January 21, 2021, one year to the day since the first confirmed case of COVID-19, the virus that started in China and made its way around the globe, was diagnosed here in the United States. In that amount of time it has caused immense suffering, death, economic devastation and physical, emotional and psychological isolation. We will be coming to grips with the full impact of this pandemic for years to come, possibly longer.
Globally, the death toll from COVID-19 as of this writing is approximately two million. That’s what is known; authorities estimate it may be much, much higher. Quite possibly we will never really fully know the true costs of this disaster in terms of human suffering.
What we can say for sure is that 2020 will long be remembered for what it was: a vast, ongoing human nightmare .
By comparison, last year the global death toll from abortion was 42 million, making it by far the leading cause of death worldwide. Approximately 42% of all human beings who died last year … died in their mother’s wombs.
Biologically we know each one of those preborn babies was a living human being.
Biblically we know each one was an image-bearer of God Almighty.**
In this country there are approximately 950,000 abortions each year; about 2,600 each day; over 100 every hour; just less than two every minute. One out of every five preborn American babies is aborted.
Last year in the state of Florida approximately 72,000 babies died in utero. That’s 197 every day; eight every hour; one every seven minutes. In Miami-Dade County there were reportedly 15,423 abortions last year.
Since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, 62 million American preborn babies have been put to death. Sixty-two million. Let that number wash over you for a minute, maybe longer. We may well wonder what those 62 million individuals might have contributed to the advancement of the human race in science, medicine, law and justice, the arts and humanities, religion, education, sports ….
We will never know.
Some say the treatment of the COVID-19 crisis has impacted Brown and Black communities disproportionately. I am in no position to know whether this is true or not, but there can be no doubt abortion has. While the abortion rate nationwide, thankfully, is at record lows, the nation’s leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood’s own records show it performed more abortions last year than ever before – 345,672.
The United States’ current population is: 60.1% White; 18.5% Hispanic; 13.4% Black. Yet consider this:
- 63% of all Planned Parenthood clinics are in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Over 40% of all Black babies die in their mothers’ wombs, as compared to 10.3% of White babies. Anyone who knows the truth about Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, would not be surprised at this.***
- In the United States, the abortion rate for Black women is almost five times that of White women.
- The abortion rate among Hispanic women is twice that of Whites.
One thousand Black babies are aborted in the U. S. every day — which means far more Black people died in the womb this past year than died of COVID-19. More than 20 million Black babies have been aborted since 1973. According to the U.S. census, there were 18,871,831 Black people living in America in 1960. That means that since 1973, more Black babies have been killed by abortion than the entire U.S. Black population of 1960.
And like every other aborted child, they didn’t have a choice or a chance to protect themselves, to wear a mask or practice social distancing – especially from the people who assaulted them with surgical implements before they were born, or even as they were in the process of being born. Or, if they had the audacity to survive their attempted executions, many were left to die alone, unattended and uncared for on stainless steel tables in a hospital unit. Sadly, predictably, 48 years after Roe v. Wade infanticide has come to America.****
There are disasters … and then there are tragedies
2020, the year of the COVID-19 virus-induced pandemic, was a disaster, one which our country has courageously, heroically risen to meet and will ultimately conquer – thank God. We cannot say enough in praise of our intrepid frontline workers – the doctors, nurses, technicians, aides, paramedics, EMT’s, caretakers, researchers, etc. – along with everyone in the “supply chain,” police officers and every person who stepped up to meet this challenge and keep a raging dumpster fire from becoming an even worse inferno. God bless them each and every one.
Now if by God’s grace and mercy we can only summon up the national courage, character and conviction to meet, and put an end to, the tragedy of abortion on demand.
Let us pray.
*Compiled from numerous sources.
**Genesis 1:26-27: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
***Margaret Sanger was an unapologetic racist and eugenicist. Her desire was for “more children from the fit, less from the unfit” – and guess who would determine who was fit or unfit?
Sanger helped shape the eugenics movement in America and beyond in the 1930s and 1940s. Her views (and those of her peers in the movement) contributed to compulsory sterilization laws in 30 U.S. states. Those laws resulted in more than 60,000 sterilizations of vulnerable people, largely people she called “feeble-minded,” “idiots” and “morons.”
In promoting birth control, she advanced a controversial “Negro Project.” She wrote in her autobiography about speaking to a Ku Klux Klan group, advocating for a eugenics approach to breeding for “the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks – those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”
Sanger was an equal opportunity racist, endorsing the aborting of Chinese babies as well. She was also anti-Semitic, actively advocating for immigration restrictions to keep Jews out of the United States … with disastrous consequences. In 1939, she wrote in an infamous letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble (grandson of James Gamble, co-founder of Procter & Gamble):
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal.
We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.
Busts of Margaret Sanger occupy a prominent place in the Smithsonian Institution’s Struggle for Justice exhibit. Her statue is also displayed prominently in Boston’s Old South Meeting House, which is part of the Freedom Trail.
Planned Parenthood receives $500 million each year in taxpayer subsidies.
****Virginia and New York have legalized birthday abortion – aka infanticide.