As the nation mourns with Ferguson for the loss of 18-year-old Michael Brown, some pro-life advocates pointed out the forgotten Missouri deaths the nation should be protesting. Since the August shooting of Michael Brown, Missouri lost hundreds of African-Americans to abortion.
Reverend Katherine, writer of the Keep Life Legal blog, discussed this disparity wracking her hometown of Ferguson.
“Since the day that Michael Brown died [Aug 9, 2014], another 981 Black Missourians have died; 9 per day, every day since then,” she wrote. “These Black Missourians were unarmed, innocent, and had no ability to defend themselves and died in plain sight. But there is no outrage, no riots, not one protest.”
“The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb,” according to Pastor Clenard Childress, Jr, Director of Black Genocide.
Black Genocide promotes awareness concerning a widespread killer of African-Americans: abortion. According to Protecting Black Life, over 14 million Black babies have been killed since abortion was legalized in 1973.
Although African-American residents make up 11.7 percent of Missouri’s population, 32.66 percent of all reported abortions in the state are performed on African-Americans.
“So, while these rioters are trying to destroy my native city of St. Louis because of the death of one Black man, the rioters overlook the fact that just a couple of miles away at Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Avenue, another 109 Black babies have died since Michael Brown,” Reverend Katherine wrote.
“Why aren’t [there] rioters at Planned Parenthood defending themselves and their future generations? Why do they allow themselves to be essentially exterminated by abortion but riot over one?”
A survey conducted Monday, October 20 by Operation Rescue reported that five Texas abortion clinics remain closed despite the Supreme Court blocking the pro-life law HB2 and temporarily allowing clinics to reopen.
“Last week’s Supreme Court ruling is only a temporary one that is pending the outcome of the state’s appeal in the Fifth Circuit. We remain confident that the full Fifth Circuit will uphold HB2, then the abortion facilities that reopened will once again shut down,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.
Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit of Court Appeals ordered the closure of 14 abortion facilities for failing to comply with HB2’s safety standards. This was a response to a lower court declaring HB2 as unconstitutional and undue burden on women seeking abortions earlier this summer.
The U.S. Supreme Court then blocked the Fifth Circuit’s decision on October 14, which allowed the clinics to reopen.
“The courts’ various rulings has put us on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Certainly we are not happy that nine facilities that cannot meet minimum safety standards remain dangerously open, but we remain optimistic that a permanent victory is forthcoming,” said Newman.
As of now, five clinics remain closed:
International Health Solutions in Austin
Hilltop Reproductive Health Services in El Paso
Whole Women’s Health in Ft. Worth
AAA Concerned Women’s Center in Houston
Aalto Women’s Center in Houston
It appears that both Houston facilities have shut down permanently, while the three others are attempting to reopen. Some clinics, such as Whole Women’s Health in Ft. Worth, no longer have leases or state licenses, making it difficult to reopen.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals may hear the case as early as this December.
Emily Horne of Texas Right to Life remains positive regarding the case. “The encouraging thing for us is that this case is still before the 5th Circuit, and the 5th Circuit has already said a lot of positive things about the state’s merit and likelihood of success. And none of that actually changed with what the Supreme Court said,” said Horne.
Texas’ pro-life law requiring abortion clinics observe certain safety regulations is out for now, according to the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court halts pro-life law
The Texas law requires abortion clinics to be within thirty miles of a hospital so that a patient with an emergency could be transported to a nearby surgical center. The District Court ruled the law unconstitutional as an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose under the Fourteenth Amendment.
During the time it was enforced, the law succeeded in shutting down fourteen abortion clinics in the state and preventing an estimated 9,900 abortions, cutting abortions in Texas by 13 percent.
The Court of Appeals permitted the state to continue enforcing its law until the case was resolved.
The Supreme Court overruled, meaning that the law cannot be enforced in the meantime. With three dissenting justices, the Court ruled that the state will have to allow the fourteen abortion clinics to reopen until the case is finally resolved.
The Court has not yet determined when or if the entire case will be settled on its merits. Until then, Texas will reopen its abortion clinics and leave its law unenforced.