History was made in New York City on Monday night, a city that has aborted over 4.3 million babies since 1970, some 3.3 million of them black and Hispanic.
Led by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., members of the National Black Pro-life Leadership team came to New York from around the country to rouse this city and its pastors in a call to action. The rally, hosted by Pastor Bill Devlin and his Manhattan Bible Church on W. 205 Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan, was instructive on many different levels.
After opening in prayer with Pastor Michel Faulkner, the founding pastor of New Horizon Church, Harlem, the attendees were roused by a short talk delivered by Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition. Then came my presentation of the statistics in New York City, which are shocking and appalling.
The 2008 Vital Statistics data set reveals that blacks and Hispanics have a combined 79 percent of all abortions in New York City, a number that is remarkably consistent over the dozen or so years for which numbers by race and ethnicity have been recorded. NYC’s annual number of abortions has been hovering between 88,000 and 92,000 for years. In numbers of abortions per 1,000 live births, whites had 512, Hispanics had 867, and blacks had 1,260. Yes, 1,260 abortions for every 1,000 babies born alive in the African-American community.
Yet as appalling as that number is, one year later in 2009, it would get even worse. In the 2009 data, just released last week, blacks aborted 59.8% of their pregnancies. That’s three abortions for every two live births, or 1,500 abortions per 1,000 live births. This in a community that represents 12.3 percent of the U.S. population. Planned Parenthood operates 78 percent of its abortion “clinics” in the inner city.
Seventy-nine percent of New York’s abortion victims are black and Hispanic, and so the leaders came to rouse their fellow pastors to action.