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Choosing Between Obama, Romney And The Bible: How I ALMOST Made The Decision Not To Vote In This Year’s Election

October 31st, 2012 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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I have a confession. A confession that would make my sixth grade history teacher cringe. A confession that would probably  make black suffrage advocates shake their heads in dismay.  I almost drank the Kool-aid. I almost decided not to vote in the upcoming election. Hear me out.

Prior to news breaking alleging that many black pastors were advising their congregations to opt out of voting in this election, I hadn’t really put much thought into the candidate that I would be voting for. As a young adult and a student, it just seemed to me that President Obama had my best interests in mind and at heart, and that was who I had planned on voting for. However, my firm stance was shaken as I made my rounds one morning, scanning the web to see headline after headline implying that black pastors were advising their congregations not to vote in the upcoming election because of Obama’s advocacy for issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. Apparently, deciding between Obama and Romney was like choosing between two evils. Call me naive, but I had never really even taken those factors into consideration. Yes, his stance on the subjects directly conflict with basic biblical principles; however, I never stopped to make the correlation between my presidential candidate of choice and my religious beliefs prior to reading these headlines.

But the more I thought about it, the more conflicted I felt. Would me deciding to go to the ballot box and vote for the Democratic party be a direct contradiction of my Christian beliefs? Yet the thought of voting for Mitt Romney made me absolutely sick to my stomach. Because I couldn’t find a peace of mind with either men at the time, I decided that I would do like the other Christians mentioned in those articles I found online–I had decided not to vote. I knew it wasn’t the best choice, but what was I to do? Considering how much Christians endorsed President Obama in the fist election, comparing him to Dr. King and all, compared to the way in which they are at odds with him now was like watching two parents fighting and being unsure of which side to choose. So, I made up my mind to do what most children would do when caught in the middle of two feuding parents. Stand there and do nothing.

All was well in the world again. I didn’t have to choose between my Christian upbringing and my political party of choice. “May the best man win,” I thought as I made myself comfortable, nestling in the gray area instead of choosing sides. That is until one day, while on Twitter, I came on across this image of a man hanging from a streetlight post with a sign on his chest that read: This N-Word voted. I felt hot tears well up in my eyes as everything I’d ever learned about the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for black suffrage came rushing back to my memory. I thought of all the people who lost their lives so that I could have the right to vote. In that moment I came to my senses. Voting is a responsibility and a privilege. No one ever said that choosing between presidential candidates would be easy, but blood was literally shed so that people like you and I could be able to vote and choose. Deciding not to participate in this presidential election is a cop out that I almost took. But I am so glad that I came to my senses. While deciding between presidential candidates in this current election is a hard decision, know that someone died just so that you would have the right to make that decision. I don’t know about you, but I know where I’ll be next Tuesday…

Jazmine Denise is a freelance writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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Indiana Lawmaker Says Girls Scouts are Agents of Abortion

February 22nd, 2012 - By Christelyn Karazin
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Just caught wind of a huge fart cloud coming from Bob Morris, an Indiana lawmaker who insists that the Girl Scouts–yes; those evil peddlers of mint chocolate cookies–are in collusion with Planned Parenthood to promote GASP!! abortion and homosexuality and is demanding an immediate investigation.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Morris, in his letter to lawmakers, said some Christian conservatives who share his concerns have pulled their children out of Girl Scouts. He also pointed to a Colorado Girl Scout troop’s acceptance of a transgender child last month as another reason to leave the group.”

Can you imagine? Put folks like Morris in charge, and they’ll be raiding weekly merit badge meetings, and bringing in the SWAT team. They’ll enlist a special scientific panel to test girl scout cookies for birth control pills ground into flour and mixed inside. What’s next? Mandatory hymen checking, dudes?

For the life of me, I CAN NOT understand why Republicans are so obsessed with this, especially in a time when people care about whether or not they can pay their cable so that they can maintain the little sliver of joy they get watching Spartacus and Shameless.

This, combined with last week’s statement from a Rick Santorum supporter, who suggested women hold aspirin between their knees as a form of birth control is just beyond the Stone Ages. Leave these people in charge and we’ll all be wearing burqas soon.

Planned Parenthood rep, Betty Cockrum says that “On the national level, inflammatory and generally inaccurate claims about a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood have been promoted primarily by anti-choice lawmakers seeking to place pressure on organizations to disassociate or distance themselves from Planned Parenthood.”

Anyone else sniff a conspiracy? First the Susan G. Komen Foundation disaster, and NOW the Girl Scouts? Geez…this is getting CRAY CRAY for real.

*clears throat and puts on airs*

As the founder and organizer of No Wedding No Womb, an initiative to raise awareness and find solutions to the 73% out-of-wedlock rate in the African American community, I want you to know I am not some raving lunatic who advocates abortion as a form of birth control. But I’ll support an individual’s right to chose–to a point. As a mom of a two premature children, there’s no way I’m with late-term abortion, except in the case where the pregnancy is life-threatening to the mother or the child is so developmentally and physically handicapped that life would be a horrendous hardship for both parents and child.

That’s my position, and I’m sticking to it. I’m not all rah-rah for everything Planned Parenthood does, but it’s the best and most comprehensive organization we have. What  I am totally against is Girl Scouts wearing little green burqas whilst selling Thin Mints in front of Whole Foods.

Christelyn D. Karazin is the co-author of “Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed” (to be released May 2012), and runs a blog, www.beyondblackwhite.com, dedicated to women of color who are interested and or involved in interracial and intercultural relationships. She is also the founder and organizer of “No Wedding, No Womb,” an initiative to find solutions to the 72 percent out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.

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Activists Push to Keep D.C. Abortion Ban off Bill

September 14th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Post) — Advocates are stepping up their Capitol Hill lobbying efforts to prevent a ban on city-funded abortions, as a Senate panel prepares to consider the spending bill that funds the D.C. budget for 2012.  The House-passed version of the measure, which also funds the Treasury Department and a host of other government agencies, includes a ban on having the District use its own taxpayer funds to pay for abortions for low-income women. That prohibition, supported by Republicans and anti-abortion groups, drew sharp complaints from House Democrats and the White House, which said it “undermines the principle of states’ rights and of D.C. home rule.”

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Pro-Life Groups Says Blacks “Betrayed” By Black Politicians

August 18th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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By Charlotte Young

Pro-life activists have launched another billboard campaign to gain attention and support to their cause. This time, the board puts the blame on African American leaders.

The Christian Post reports that the billboard campaign, entitled “Betrayed,” blames African American politicians for their lack of concern in addressing the high rate of abortion in the black community. The billboard’s goal is to urge black politicians to begin to give serious attention to the issue and do something about it.

President of the Restoration Project in Georgia, Catherine Davis, tells The Christian Post that “something is wrong when those elected to protect the interests of their constituents turn a blind eye to the horrific impact that abortion is wreaking on the black community.

The billboard, placed in downtown Atlanta, is supported by Restoration Project, National Black Prolife Union, the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), Priests for Life, Missouri Blacks for Life and 818 The Sign. In addition to the billboard, the project also started the website www.abortioninthehood.com.

Davis feels that black women and children are being targeted. Although she can’t give any reason as to why she believes this, she says the major culprit in the situation is Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider of abortions. In the organizers’ view, black politicians are doing nothing to stop them.

“If there is a racial motivation to abortion, then they should sponsor some legislation to ensure that the black community is not being purposefully targeted,” Davis tells The Christian Post.

Recently the women of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), wrote a letter to the Democratic women in the US Senate thanking them for their work in defunding Planned Parenthood. The same letter also urged lawmakers to make certain Washington DC’s low-income women have “affordable access to abortions.”

Georgia’s congressman, John Lewis, believes that the organizers of the “Betrayed” campaign want to create division in the black community.

His spokesman, Brenda Jones, informed The Christian Post in a statement that “African Americans have the intellect, the capacity and the power to set their own agenda and to determine the most central issues affecting their own communities. With a rate of 16 percent unemployment, jobs is their primary focus.”

Davis, says she simply prays that people take a look at the abortion numbers. She cites that 1,489 black babies are aborted in New York City, for every 1,000 black babies born alive. In Washington, she says, 165 black babies are aborted, for every 100 black babies born.

She says that if something is not done on the matter, “there will be no black community.”

The Abortion Debate: Do You Know Where You Stand and Why You Stand There?

July 20th, 2011 - By Toya Sharee
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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2001, about half of all pregnancies in the United States were unplanned.  About 4 out of 10 of those women chose to have an abortion, and 1 out of 3 women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.  Even the most maternal and financially stable women experience feelings of anxiety and stress upon learning the news that they are expecting. Therefore, when other women receive a positive pregnancy test result at a time in their lives that is anything but ideal, it can be terrifying to feel like your options are limited.  Before passing judgment and making assumptions, it’s important to know that even the most effective birth control method isn’t 100 percent, and even women who are using their method perfectly could find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy.

It’s important for women to know is that they do have options, and whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice it’s important to base the decisions you make regarding a pregnancy on facts.  With funding for comprehensive sex education being used as a bargaining chip in recent political debates, a lot of misinformation is being tossed around to further politicians’ personal agendas and sway public opinion to support certain points of views without the public being given the correct information.  The following myths and facts regarding abortion are not meant to influence your views, but to make sure those views are based on truth and not popular opinion.

Black is Beautiful: The Anti-Abortion Edition

June 20th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(KTVU/CNN) – An anti-abortion billboard aimed at African-American women is creating a stir in Oakland, CA.  Across the street from the West Oakland Bart Station, there’s a billboard with a picture of an infant profile, the title reads, “Black is Beautiful.”  Walter Hoye III is the man behind the billboards and is the founder of an Oakland-based non-profit group called issues for life foundation.  “I’m looking to raise awareness and I’m looking to create an environment for dialogue,” Hoye said.  Since the billboards are in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s district, she’s not happy about them.

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Mother Sues Over Use of Child’s Image in Anti-Abortion Ad

April 28th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Reuters) — Outraged that her daughter’s picture was plastered on anti-abortion billboards without her consent, a New Jersey woman is suing the group that organized the campaign. The billboards featured a larger-than-life picture of Anissa Fraser, an African-American child who was then 4, and the words: “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”  They also featured the Web address Thatsabortion.com.  The images were posted at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel in lower Manhattan and on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2011 and October 2010, respectively, the suit says.  In the complaint, filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, Anissa’s mother Tricia Fraser said she was never warned about the controversial ads or the websites where her daughter’s picture also appeared.  The child’s visage became part of a “racist, controversial advertising campaign” organized by defendant Life Always and its affiliate Majella Cares, doing business as Heroic Media, the suit says.

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Billboards and Black Abortion

April 20th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Tribune) —  When a Texas minister came to Chicago last month to launch a controversial anti-abortion billboard campaign, he highlighted a statistic that some people found shocking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women account for about 36 percent of the country’s reported abortions, even though blacks are less than 13 percent of the population.  So why is the black abortion rate, which is three times that of white women, so disproportionately high?  Experts say it’s because black women have higher rates of unintended pregnancies, and often that’s a result of not having access to quality health care as well as the most effective contraception and sex education.  Gaylon Alcaraz, the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, said the statistics tell only part of the story.  “The abortion rate doesn’t talk about the high rate of sexual violence, such as rape and molestation, in poor black communities,” Alcaraz said. “It doesn’t tell you about the woman whose birth control failed or the college student who wants to finish school.

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A Woman’s Right: Why Are Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeting Blacks?

April 13th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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By Charlotte Young

Britney Monroe says she was “in the hood” of her native Chicago when she looked up and saw it. There, in bold letters, she saw for the first time the billboard that had gotten so much media attention: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Child is in the Womb.”

“I had mixed feelings,” she said. “The billboards made their point, but they went about it the wrong way. I don’t think it was the most politically correct way. I don’t think it should have been as specific as far as race.”

The recent torrent of anti-abortion messages plastered on billboards in major cities nationwide has re-ignited the ongoing debate about abortion. This time, the billboards incorporated the extra element of race which makes unsuspecting passerbyers like Monroe ask, why target the African American community?

Life Always is the group responsible for the aforementioned billboard being placed in Soho, New York and in Chicago, Ill. The organization placed over 30 billboards in Chicago that featured a graphic of President Barack Obama and a message that stated, “every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.”

According to Life Always’ website, “an African American baby is three times more likely to be aborted and more African American babies have been killed by abortions since 1973 than the total number of African American deaths from AIDS, violent crimes, accidents, cancer and heart disease combined.”

“The aim of Life Always is to use media to share research and confrontational truth to empower individuals to choose life even when it’s challenging,” says Marissa Gabrysch, spokesperson from Life Always.  “Our messages aim to incite people to take action in support of life.”

Though not responsible for the billboards, Rev. Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., founder of Black Genocide, says that he’s been preaching the same thing for seven years. “The billboards are an understatement,” he said. “There’s nothing as decimating as abortion in the African American community.”

Childress says the issue of abortion is something that black politicians will not discuss, which, he describes as, a “gross negligence of our leadership.”

“We have to begin to address this,” he said. “If abortion was not lucrative, it would not be legal. Many groups are paid not to talk it.”

Abortion Rights Supporters Put Banners over Anti-Abortion Billboards

April 4th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Tribune) — Controversial billboard ads recently unveiled in Chicago’sEnglewood neighborhood that target the disproportionately high rate of abortion in the black community have been covered by opponents less than a week after they went up.  Two of the three identical ads — which feature an image of President Barack Obama and the words “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted” — were covered with fabric banners with messages scrawled in red paint.  One banner says: “In 21 minutes this sign should be gone.” A second banner, which dangled from the billboard Sunday after being blown by the wind, says, “Abort Racism.”

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