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Do black lives matter to the UK abortion industry?

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IN the UK, the abortion rate in the black community is more than double the national average. And we fund abortions of more than a million African babies annually. 

The graph below shows striking differences: Eight per cent of abortions are performed on black women, yet only 3.3 per cent of the UK population are from the black ethnic group.   

Also, black women are more likely to have repeat abortions; just under half (47 per cent) having an abortion had had one or more previously, compared with an average of 40 per cent.   

Mixed ethnicity follows a similar pattern: Four per cent of abortions in 2019 were on women of mixed ethnicity, yet they comprise only 2.2 per cent of the population, and they have a similarly high rate of repeat abortions. 


We can only guess the reasons for this. Undoubtedly, family status (particularly the high proportion of lone parents in both these groups), income and education all play a part.  

Regardless of that – and especially for those who do not see the married family as having any particular social or moral value – it raises the question of whether black lives really do matter to the two main abortion providers, Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). 

BPAS does not appear to have expressed any concern that it conducts abortions at more than twice the rate of white women, or to have addressed the question of why.  

Are those in charge blind, or just not bothered? Does it not concern them that some observers might link their current practice to the historic racist and eugenic foundation of the abortion industry? 

Of course, correlation does not necessarily mean causality, and any direct link remains speculative. Yet the point becomes ever more moot given that the main abortion industry providers were founded upon a legacy of racism. 

Today, 74 per cent of abortions in the UK are carried out by MSI and BPAS, the major private sector ‘charities’.  

Both have strong roots in eugenics. MSI was founded in 1976 and named after the unapologetic eugenicist and racist Marie Stopes (1880-1958), who publicly stated that ‘the half-caste’ should be sterilised at birth.  

She was the founder of The Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress and worked to prevent the birth of those whom she considered to be ‘the inferior, the depraved, and the feeble-minded’. Stopes set up clinics around the country in places where she could reach the most of her targeted populations.  

Only very recently did Marie Stopes International decide it needed to disguise its direct link to its racist founder by changing its name to MSI Reproductive Choices – ‘to break ties with the controversial birth control pioneer who believed in the creation of a super race’, as the BBC reported. 

BPAS was co-founded in 1968 by Dr Martin Cole, who in that same year was also a member of the council for the Eugenics Society. He was also co-founder of the Brook Advisory Clinic, closely linked to BPAS. 

Planned Parenthood, the US abortion giant, was founded by the eugenicist and Ku Klux Klan activist Margaret Sanger, who said that immigrants, African-Americans and poor people are ‘human weeds’, ‘reckless breeders’, ‘spawning . . . human beings who never should have been born’.   

Interestingly, in the US the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that of white women. Bizarrely, Planned Parenthood claims to stand with Black Lives Matter on the basis that they must have the right to kill their unborn at higher rates than whites.   

When Planned Parenthood says ‘systemic racism is a public health issue. It is a reproductive rights issue. It is a human rights issue’, it appears oblivious to the irony that it is front and centre of killing unborn black babies at dramatically higher numbers than white ones. 

 
Intentional or not, it appears that the legacies of Stopes, Sanger and Cole live on through their modern-day followers and have spread to the world, supported by vast amounts of UK taxpayer money. 


This is given as ‘aid’. In 2019, £47million went towards MSI, enabling it to carry out 4.6million abortions and post-abortion procedures. The UK’s contribution in effect funded an estimated 700,000 of those abortions.  

In addition to this, the UK gave more than £44million to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which performed 1.4million abortions in 2019. 

Adding up these figures, in 2019 the UK funded an estimated 1,153,649 overseas abortions, all presumably labelled as ‘aid’. This is far, far more than other Western countries, as this graph shows so starkly.  

And it does not include indirect donations and support for abortion from our Department for International Development to the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organisation and management companies, etc. The UK seems to desire to be by far the biggest donor in the world to abortion NGOs. 

Furthermore, despite ministers affirming in Parliament that aid money is not given towards efforts to change abortion laws in developing countries, the actual practice of UK aid-giving tells an entirely different tale.   

A couple of fascinating articles in the Lancet medical journal have exposed how Western governments work through MSI to put heavy political pressure on African governments to overturn laws that protect unborn babies (see here too) but they deliberately hide this foreign influence

It is no secret that the UK government spends far more money and effort on ‘birth control’ than on providing quality maternal care, which would save more lives. Yet what genuinely improves maternal mortality rates and health and thus truly helps women (and their unborn children) is education, nutrition, clean water, sanitation and maternal health care. 

It appears that a neo-colonial, racist and eugenic agenda carries on within a pernicious modern cloak and mantle. It is being exported to a different part of the world – regardless of their religious or cultural values – determinedly applying the same underlying eugenicist agendas of Marie Stopes, Sanger and Cole.  

This is despite the fact that almost 80 per cent of African countries have some sort of law protecting unborn human life, predicated on the widely-held belief that unborn babies have a right to life.  


So exactly why is the ‘West’ trying to impose its secular values on Africa? Nigerian activist Obianuju Ekeocha of Culture of Life Africa says that this is simply a new form of neo-colonialism and imperialism. It certainly reeks of ‘we know better than you’ as the UK imposes Western-centred ideological values on other nations. 

Whether or not there is a direct link, abortion is consistently over-represented among black women in the UK and USA. It is striking that an abortion industry founded on racist values is so determined to push its abortion ethos on to black African women and on to cultures that value life and that this is ‘aided’ and abetted by our own government. 

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Philippa Taylor
Philippa Taylor is Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship @PhilippaTaylor_

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