Abortion is the Leading Cause of Death in the Black Community; Rate for Black Women Nearly Four Times Higher than Rate for White Women
June 21, 2021
PEORIA, Ill. — Black women have been experiencing induced abortions at a rate nearly four times that of white women for at least three decades, and likely much longer, according to an article published in 2020 by Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
In fact, in states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, black babies are aborted at around five times the rate of white babies. More than 13 million unborn black babies have been aborted since it was legalized in 1973, according to LifesiteNews.com. Black women undergo a third of all abortions even though blacks comprise only 12% of the population.
Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), a major health care sharing group that does not ask its members to give shares for elective abortions of any kind, is joining in observing Abortion Awareness Month in the African-American Community.
“We’re all about healing, not taking life,” said Ted Pittenger, founder and president of Samaritan Ministries. “What is happening especially in the black community is a preventable tragedy.
“We applaud pro-life activists’ dedication not only to end abortion on demand but to call attention to the disproportionate devastation inflicted on the black community,” Pittenger said. “Every life is precious to God, and should be precious to us. That’s why we won’t – and never will – share for abortions, the leading cause of death in the black community.”
Pittenger continued, “Jesus had a heart for all children, as reflected in this passage from Matthew 19:13-15: ‘Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.’”
“Our goal is to approach every health care need with the heart of Jesus,” Pittenger said.
Samaritan Ministries members share millions toward health care costs every month, along with prayers for one another and notes and letters.
Here’s a note from Kevin and Laura, who live in Colorado:
“Dear Samaritan Ministries, My husband and I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks of gratitude to you for the love and support we received following our miscarriage. We received a beautiful framed Bible verse, card, and book from the ministry as well as a touching prayer card from one of the pastors associated with Samaritan. We were truly touched and blown away by this ministry that we are a part of. Thank you for acknowledging our unborn baby as a person. My husband and I both marveled at the fact that we would never receive this kind of care from an insurance company. We thank God for Samaritan. Thank you for showing Christ’s love to us!”
And another from Philip and Elizabeth, from Ohio:
“We had our first need this last year – our first child – and were blown away with how well everything worked out. Samaritan Ministries has proven a tremendous blessing for our young (and growing) family!”
And another, from Hailey and Lawrence, who reside in Florida:
“I had a C-section which was very unexpected. It has been so sweet to get the letters from other members.”
Samaritan Ministries health care sharingoffers several advantages when it comes to addressing medical needs in the following ways:
- No network restrictions. No restrictions on what doctors/hospitals members can use.
- The direct-sharing approach allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs but to connect them on a regular basis.
- The monthly share has not exceeded $530 for a family under seven and $555 for a family of eight or more. This contrasts with the average cost of marketplace insurance for an individual in 2020, which was $623 per month and $1,779 for a family.
Samaritan Ministries gives people of faith an effective, Bible-driven health care community in which approximately $30 million in medical needs is shared person-to-person every month. During the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $3 billion in needs while praying for and encouraging fellow members through personal notes, cards and letters.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.