By: Lori Hoye
As the great-great-granddaughter of former slaves, I am ETERNALLY grateful that Abraham Lincoln DID risk the Union, fought the Civil War, and abolished slavery.
It is very easy to talk about practicality, pragmatism and polls when you are not the one wearing chains and being beaten on a daily basis. It’s easy to be patient when you are free. It’s another thing entirely when you’re the slave. The nearly 240 years that passed until the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially ended slavery in 1865 were an eternity for the slave. The past 37 years are an eternity for the preborn child.
In the black community, every 72 seconds, a preborn baby is being brutally murdered in the womb of his or her mother. The baby wants to live and expects those who have the power to save him or her to do it RIGHT NOW. Abortion has taken more lives in the African-American community in 37 years (over 14 million) than slavery took from Africa in more than 400 years (12 to 13 million African forbearers ripped from their homes and forcibly transported to the Americas in a massive slave trade dating from the 1400s).
From the American Revolutionary War in 1775 to the Iraq and Afghanistan War today—235 years—America has lost over 2.5 million lives. In the past 37 years, abortion has taken over 50 million American lives, more than 20 times the totality of lives loss in ALL the wars America has ever fought in 1/6th of the time. In fact, according to AGI, abortion took over 2.6 million lives in its first three (3) years of legalization: 1973 (744,600 abortions), 1974 (898,600 abortions), and 1975 (1.03 million abortions).
From 1608 to 2007—400 years—7,451 blacks were executed by the death penalty (48% of the total executions) out of a total of 15,576 executions (all races including blacks). Abortion in the black community surpasses that number (7,451) in 6 days, and abortion in the United States surpasses the total number (15,576) in less than 4 days.
Abortion is the number one killer in the African-American community (452,000 deaths due to abortion, 292,808 deaths from all other causes combined excluding abortion) and America (1.21 million deaths due to abortion, 631,636 deaths due to heart disease, 559,888 deaths due to cancer). As a people and as a nation we cannot afford hundreds of years of abortion—there will be no one left. There is no better time than right now to fight for life on EVERY front.
The Declaration of Independence states … “We hold these TRUTHS to be self-evident, that ALL men are CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness [emphasis added].”
Do we hold these truths?
The U.S. Constitution states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our POSTERITY [emphasis added]…”
Are we securing blessings for our posterity?
Personhood was the answer to abolishing slavery. The slave is a person not property. Personhood was the answer to abolishing segregation. Blacks and all minorities are persons worthy of equal treatment. Personhood IS the answer to abolishing abortion. The preborn are persons.
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
There’s NOTHING too hard for the God I serve. The time is NOW!
Lori Hoye is the wife of Walter B. Hoye II, founder and president of the Issues4Life Foundation and the California Civil Rights Foundation. She collaborates closely with her husband in his mission to protect the civil and human rights of the preborn child, and raise awareness of the impact of abortion and the biblically immoral implementation of biotechnology in the African-American community.