This week we continued our coverage of the Selma Project for Life. This initiative calls on the Alabama Department of Health to enforce the law and investigate the abortion business of Samuel Lett who is alleged to be operating an abortion center without the proper licensing and regulation of the State.
On June 20th prolife leaders marched across the historic Pettus Bridge to call attention to the fact that when the state and local authorities fail to enforce the law, the lives of women, and especially women of color, are placed at risk for injury and even death. Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march and spoke of abortion as being a civil rights issue because it is an issue of human rights for the unborn.
Also present was Star Parker, who we welcomed back to the show tonight. Star is a writer, speaker and self-described former welfare cheat. Her message is a simple but powerful one based on her experiences on both sides of poverty. Charity, she says, is the work of the church. When government steps in generational poverty is the result, including all the problems we see in the poor communities today. She also does a brilliant job of connecting the dots between discrimination and prejudice with the problem of abortion taking the lives of tens of thousands of black babies every year. She brilliantly refutes the common assumption that poor women and women of color need abortion rights to secure a better economic future. The idea that “abortion cures poverty” has fueled abortion politics and policy for over forty years.
But is it true? And if not, who will help the economically disadvantaged women damaged by this bankrupt policy?
Star Parker’s experience illustrates both sides of this question. She was young and poor and chose abortion again and again before concluding that it was not the answer to her problems.