Those who call Planned Parenthood racist usually cite statistics on the number of black babies killed by abortionists. According to the CDC, almost half of all black pregnancies end in abortion. Pro-lifers have seized on this fact as evidence of racism in the abortion industry. For example, this billboard in Soho, New York calls the womb the most dangerous place for an African American:
Statistically true, but in my opinion, relatively unimportant. A lot of black women have abortions but a lot of white women have abortions too, and the murder of their children is no less tragic. Furthermore, the fact that a disproportionate number of black women choose to have abortions does not necessarily mean that abortion providers are racist. Black women are three times as likely as white women to have an unintended pregnancy. Which is a more likely cause of black abortions, the disproportionate number of unwanted pregnancies among black women or a genocidal plot orchestrated by white eugenicists?
In pointing out that Planned Parenthood is probably not racist, I am not trying to defend abortionists so much as help pro-lifers. It seems to me that the racism charge is weak and could reflect poorly on the pro-life movement, making it look like the politically correct liberals who see racists everywhere. Even if abortionists are racist, is it really that important? The KKK is infamous not because it is racist but because its members had a nasty habit of lynching people. Racism is evil but murder is worse. Pro-lifers have a limited amount of resources and they could be used more effectively than in pursuing dubious charges of racism. We need to convince the public not that abortionists are racists, but that they are murderers.