Evangelical and African-American Leaders Decry Planned Parenthood Clinic Opening in Charlotte
Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land: ‘Every Baby Is a Somebody to God . . . from the Moment of Conception Onward’
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Evangelical leader and Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land laments the opening of a new abortion clinic in Charlotte—and many in the community did not roll out the welcome mat.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the new Planned Parenthood clinic in Charlotte generated protests, particularly in the black community. Land recently discussed the news on his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” and also noted that June is observed as Abortion Awareness Month for the Black Community.
“Planned Parenthood has opened a clinic here in Charlotte at the convergence of several economically challenged neighborhoods, which is where the abortion provider puts more than four out of five of its abortion facilities,” Land said. “This provoked a protest from black women organized by the Frederick Douglass Foundation, which is named for perhaps the most famous freed slave in pre-Civil War America, who was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. One of the protesters said, ‘We cannot sit idly by and allow this genocide to take place under our noses.’ And it is indeed a genocide of black Americans.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Land added, non-Hispanic white women had an abortion rate of 6.8 abortions per 1,000 women, age 15 to 44, while non-Hispanic black women in the same age range had a rate of 25.1 abortions per 1,000 women.
“That’s four times as many abortions for black mothers as for white mothers,” Land remarked.
“One African-American woman who spoke at the press conference said, ‘If we have a problem in our communities with unplanned pregnancies, the solution is not to murder our babies,’” he continued. “Several African-American leaders have called abortion ‘high-tech lynching in the womb,’ and that’s exactly what it is. For the past several years, more African-American babies have been aborted every year in New York City than had been born in that city. In 1960, the abortion rate in the African-American community was about 5%. Now, it’s mushroomed, and millions of African-American babies have been killed before they were born.
“This atrocity must stop,” Land concluded. “Every baby is a somebody to God. No baby is a nobody from the moment of conception onward. Let’s cherish life once again in America.”
At SES, students delve into classroom discussions about topics both current and historical through its “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program. Offered primarily at just a few top-tier universities around the world, the PPE program introduces students to the Christian worldview of how philosophy, politics and economics intersect, focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards and others.
For 27 years, SES has existed to equip students and ministry leaders to share the Gospel from an intelligent, informed and rational biblical worldview. Courses, conferences, seminars, guest speakers and more seek to accomplish this longstanding mission. Central to this purpose is the provision of a biblical basis and an academic understanding of believers’ commitment to Christ. Therefore, SES seeks to provide an educational opportunity where the Christian worldview is both a framework for thinking and a dynamic for living.