Simply Tucker'd Out

April 29, 2011 09:00 AM

By Ryan Scott Bomberger

Cynthia Tucker’s April 13 column, “Abortion is black genocide? Nonsense of course” is itself the nonsense. She writes from sheer hyperbole and outright distortions. But she’s an abortion apologist; it comes with the territory. Margaret Sanger was an avowed, unapologetic eugenist and incorporated this racist pseudoscience into every effort of her birth control crusade. It’s not some conspiracy; it’s documented history. It’s as verifiable as Planned Parenthood awarding Ms. Tucker the Margaret Sanger Award last year for her journalistic “advocacy of abortion” and defense of the nation’s largest abortion chain. 

And yes, abortion is their business, which is why they mandated all of their affiliates to provide abortions by 2013. With $1 billion in assets, they spend millions in every state on preventing any pro-life protections (waiting periods, parental consent/notification, women’s right-to-know, ultrasound, father’s rights, clinic standards) in order to protect their largest revenue stream of over $200 million annually—from abortions.

We have more access and usage of contraception than ever before in our history, yet the unintended pregnancy rate, according to the CDC, has remained at 50 percent for decades. Poverty has only risen since abortion was legalized in 1973; U.S. Census Bureau reports it’s the highest since the War on Poverty in the ‘60s. More contraception has only seen more abortions. Facts matter.

But Ms. Tucker has chosen to ignore the research and resort to something simpler—demonization. In fact, Ms. Tucker’s “Maggie” Award was won, in part, by an article she penned deriding The Radiance Foundation’s “Endangered Species” billboard/web campaign that led the public to As in the April 13 column, last year’s article could not accept the existence of black pro-lifers nor our focus on dealing with abortion’s devastating impact on the urban community. What about 60 percent of black pregnancies in NYC ending in abortion? This is the “logical solution” to life that is unplanned?I didn’t realize as a black individual, I had to remain on the ideological plantation. According to Ms. Tucker and other abortion advocates, who regularly spew racial and gender animus, blacks who dare believe in the humanity of the preborn are mere puppets. Pro-life blacks, in their view, are enmeshed in some conspiracy and incapable of thinking for themselves. Now, this is racism. As much as abortion defenders like mining for it, it’s a shame they are the ones ignoring racism where it historically exists while churning out epithets to avoid dealing with the epidemic of abortion in the black community. Tucker’s baseless accusations reveal how little she knows about Dr. Johnny Hunter or many other pro-life advocates who are engaged in their communities helping those in need, unwilling to wait for the government to ride in on a white, black or brown horse (had to make sure I was inclusive).

As one who was adopted and an adoptive father, I know the beauty of possibility and the passion with which people from all races defend human life in all of its stages. It’s a favorite talking point for abortion apologists, but I know of few people who are single-issue minded. As if having a singular focus on a human injustice is something to be ashamed of, anyway. Abolitionists had a singular focus to abolish the inhumanity of slavery. Perhaps they should have first worried about housing, health care, job opportunities, and equal pay before they embarked on such a narrow-minded mission.

Eugenics has been the three-corded strand (racism, elimination of the “unfit,” overpopulation mythology) that ties slavery, anti-miscegenation laws, Jim Crow laws, birth control and the epidemic of abortion together in an inseparable bind. It is the driving force behind Planned Parenthood’s, NARAL’s and abortion apologists’ relentless campaign to justify abortion no matter the reason, no matter the cost. We saw the disastrous consequence of this pro-abortion radicalism in Philly’s “House of Horrors” where abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s butchery went unabated for decades thanks to NARAL’s silence.

Abortion apologists like Ms. Tucker choose to ignore the voluminous irrefutable evidence of the racism and eugenics that defined Planned Parenthood’s beginnings and unaltered course. She chooses to throw out schools of red herrings and make laughable and completely unfounded accusations. Yet she supports those things that offer temporary assistance but cause perpetual dependence—the very cause of 70 percent fatherlessness and single parent poverty in the black community. Perhaps there’s just a little too much sheen coming off of her new “Maggie” award to keep her from seeing beyond the shiny empty trophy.

Ryan Scott Bomberger is the chief creative officer and the cofounder (along with his wife, Bethany) of The Radiance Foundation, a life-affirming non-profit organization. He is an Emmy Award-winning creative director who has caused a media frenzy with his pro-life, pro-adoption themed ad campaigns. His own adoption story, as an adoptee and adoptive father, inspires the media initiatives and community outreach of The Radiance Foundation. Ryan speaks to diverse audiences nationwide, sharing the beauty and power of possibility. He resides in metro Atlanta with his amazing wife and four children.

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