The disproportionate rate of abortions performed on African Americans led black pro-life leaders to gather recently for a nationwide day of mourning in an effort to reduce what they describe as the “genocidal impact” of abortion.
“The National Day of Mourning called attention to the fact that there are African Americans all across the nation who recognize the genocidal impact that abortion is having on the black community and who are willing to take a public stand for the sanctity of life,” said Catherine Davis, spokeswoman for the National Black Pro-life Coalition.
In 2008, 30 percent of the 1.21 million abortions performed in the United States were on non-Hispanic black women, according to the Guttmacher Institute. During the same year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 13.5 percent of the U.S. population was black.
The National Black Pro-life Coalition sponsored the event on Feb. 28, the last day of Black History Month. Events were held in 14 different states at abortion clinics and state capitol buildings. Participants prayed and sought to educate communities on the effects of abortion, especially in the black community.