The following article was submitted to The Minuteman by John H. Wilson.
In January of 2019, the New York State Legislature crossed a line, and legalized abortions regardless of the stage of pregnancy. In essence, the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) allows “a health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized under title eight of the education law, acting within his or her lawful scope of practice” to perform the procedure. This includes Physician Assistants, Specialist Assistants, Nurses, Midwifes, and may include such medical professionals as Pharmacists (who may be called upon to administer a drug that would cause an abortion to occur).
Further, under the RHA, the unspecified “health care provider” may “perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”
Thus, under the new law, an abortion can occur within 24 weeks of conception regardless of whether the fetus is viable, and whether or not the abortion is necessary to save the mother’s life or health. After 24 weeks, (the “third trimester”), there must be an absence of “fetal viability” or the abortion protects the mother’s “life” or “health.”
With this language, the RHA provides for unlimited abortions up until the moment of birth– a “health care provider” can now define the “health” of an expectant mother to include her “mental health” in determining the necessity for an abortion after 24 weeks.
Strong condemnation of New York’s abortion-on-demand law mostly came from religious leaders, like the Cardinal of New York, Timothy Dolan. But there is another basis for criticism that is not founded in religious sentiment alone.
It is no secret that proportionally, the rate of abortions performed on African-American women far exceeds those performed on other races. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, there were 124,893 white abortions and 121,829 black abortions that year. As reported by CNS News, “(a)lthough black Americans comprise 13.4% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 36.0% of the abortions in 2015, which was almost identical to the percentage of abortions (36.9%) that year among white Americans, who make up 76.6% of the population.”
These numbers are staggering. “In Georgia, for example, where blacks make up 32.2% of the population and whites make up 60.8%, black women had 62.4% of abortions while whites only had 24.7%. In New York City in 2015, more black children were aborted than were born alive.”
It is no secret that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a believer in Eugenics. Here is just one example of her thinking on the subject:
“All of our problems are the result of over breeding among the working class… Knowledge of birth control is essentially moral. Its general, though prudent, practice must lead to a higher individuality and ultimately to a cleaner race.”
Most of her desire for a “cleaner race” involved the eradication of people with physical and mental disabilities– but despite attempts to minimize her overt racism, Ms. Sanger clearly wished to eliminate all persons she felt to be inferior– including minorities.
Many African American leaders understood this dynamic, and were vocal in their condemnation of abortion as a tool of black genocide. Comedian Dick Gregory, for one, made the following statement in Ebony magazine in the early 1970’s:
“Of course, one of the definitions of genocide is, ‘imposing measures to prevent births within the group’ – that is, forcing birth control measures upon Black folks. There is ample evidence that government programs designed for poor black folks emphasize birth control and abortion availability, both measures obviously designed to limit black population.”
Talk of a “black genocide” by abortion is not just idle. There is a legal basis for this belief.
Under the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2 defines the term “genocide” as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such… (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.”
Given that the stated intentions of the founder of Planned Parenthood was to eliminate people whose race was not “clean,” and given the demonstrably disproportionate impact of abortion on minority groups, it is not unreasonable to conclude that the expansion of abortion rights exemplified by New York’s Reproductive Health Act is no less than an act of genocide perpetrated against minorities who reside in that state.
The United Nations has made clear its intention to prosecute all those who perpetrate genocidal acts. Under Article 4 of the Convention, “Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.” Thus, it is not impossible for the United Nations to impose criminal sanctions upon Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State for fostering genocide by signing the Reproductive Health Act into law. All legislators who voted for the law could also be prosecuted under the UN’s broad mandate in this area.
Would the United Nations engage in such a prosecution? The odds are low. In fact, the World Health Organization is heavily involved in expanding abortion rights world-wide, and takes the position that “International human rights bodies have characterized laws generally criminalizing abortion as discriminatory and a barrier to women’s access to health care.”
The hypocrisy of advocating for the decriminalization of abortion laws, while those same laws make it easier for minority groups to exterminate themselves is readily apparent. However, asserting that New York’s Reproductive Health Act is an act of genocide is not an impossibility. To make the case would involve a comprehensive exposition of the data provided by New York’s own Department of Health, which yearly details the rate of abortions in the State of New York, publishing tables regarding the race, age and other details regarding both births and abortions. Further, anecdotal evidence from minority women who have either had abortions, or had abortion providers encourage the use of the procedure would have the same effect as the testimony of any other genocide survivor.
In the final analysis, the UN General Assembly is not the same as the World Health Organization. The UN includes members from countries that have banned abortion, who may be less willing to turn a blind eye to the slaughter of unborn minorities than the WHO. At the very least, such an effort would expose abortion proponents like New York’s Governor Cuomo to some measure of global attention and condemnation.
John H. Wilson is a former Judge from New York City.
Editorial Note: If you’d like to read about President Ronald Reagan ratifying the UN Genocide pact and making it part of the Criminal Code of the United States to make genocide a Federal offense, you can do so by clicking here.
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