Since we are on the subject of defunding things in order to protect black lives, it seems someone should make the rather obvious and unavoidable point. While defunding the police is sure to kill many more black people than it saves, defunding Planned Parenthood, and then abolishing abortion entirely, is sure to save many millions of lives while costing none.
Abortion has destroyed over 60 million people in this country since Roe v. Wade. A disproportionate number of the victims are black. Indeed, the black abortion rate is nearly 4 times higher than the white abortion rate. In some American cities, the situation has gotten so bad that more black babies are aborted than born. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, about 30 percent of the women who obtain abortions outside of hospitals are black. And this despite black women accounting for only 13 percent of the women in the United States.
Doing the math, and taking into account the 330,000 abortions Planned Parenthood alone performs every year, it is fair to estimate that Planned Parenthood kills close to 100,000 black people annually. For comparison sake, police killed 1,000 people total last year — white, black, armed, and unarmed. Comparing just the number of unarmed black people killed by both groups, the ratio is 100,000 to 9. And yet police are the greatest threat to black lives?
Those who shout “black lives matter” must decide what exactly they mean by this slogan, or if they mean anything at all by it. Do black lives matter inherently or conditionally? When you declare that a black man’s life “matters,” do you mean that it matters all the time, in all situations, at all stages, because he possesses within himself, by his very nature as a human being, inherent value? Or do you mean that his life matters subjectively, under particular circumstances, because it has achieved a certain usefulness and desirability to society?