Really, this isn’t from The Onion

See Former Planned Parenthood official to lead attempt to reduce black infant mortality — Given that the #1 cause of death for blacks is abortion and that the abortion rate in the black community is 3x that of whites, the best way for her to help blacks would be to tell her former employer to stop doing abortions.

With the mortality rate for black Wisconsin infants among the highest and most unrelenting in the nation, that state’s largest public university has become co-manager of a $10 million grant to help prevent baby deaths.

Like the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, the Wisconsin effort is “based on the assumption that the problem of African-American infant mortality extends back through the entire life course of African-American females,” said Dr. Philip Farrell, a semi-retired neonatologist, former University of Wisconsin medical school dean and co-chairman of the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families steering committee.

“We’re hoping this investment will allow us to attract and leverage more dollars so that we can support even more interventions,” said Lorraine Lathen, a global health consultant, program leader of the Lifecourse Initiative and the university’s chief partner in the project. “We’re looking at the non-health-related situations that can lead to poor birth outcomes. Our project is really focused on systems change, looking at increasing access to health care for women throughout their life span, not just waiting until they become pregnant.”

“There are multiple causes for the disparity, perhaps a dozen factors that we believe strongly influence pregnancy outcomes,” [Farrell] said, adding that he is encouraged by the present momentum in Wisconsin’s assault against infant deaths.

Missing from that article? Lathen formerly worked as the “vice president of education” at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

This effort to reduce infant deaths is led by a woman who engaged in infant deaths at Planned Parenthood.

. . .

What black women WON’T hear about:

– Planned Parenthood’s role in aborting black babies, who are aborted at four times the rate of their numbers in the Wisconsin population;

– How Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, felt about the black people: “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated;”

– How abortions increase the risk of low birth weight in future pregnancies by a factor of three, and of premature birth by a factor of two [both factors in infant deaths.]

8 thoughts on “Really, this isn’t from The Onion”

  1. Abortion rates and infant mortality rates are not calculated together. If you stopped all black abortions, and changed nothing about our health care system, then infant mortality rates would go up.

    The US doesn’t regard the unborn as a person, so therefore they cannot be killed. To be counted as a dead person, the infant will have to be born first so that it can have the legal description ‘person’ attached to him/her.

    His goal, and logic seems quite sound. I applaud his efforts.

    Like

    1. Abortion rates and infant mortality rates are not calculated together. If you stopped all black abortions, and changed nothing about our health care system, then infant mortality rates would go up.

      1. You imply that infant mortality would go up by 1 for every reduced abortion. That is false.

      2. You imply that dying of a disease is morally equivalent to having someone rip off your limbs and crush your skull. That is false.

      The US doesn’t regard the unborn as a person, so therefore they cannot be killed. To be counted as a dead person, the infant will have to be born first so that it can have the legal description ‘person’ attached to him/her.

      That’s not what the laws of most states say. They treat the unborn as a human being and to kill them is murder — unless the mom contracts for the murder from an abortionist. Please read from the California penal code here — http://4simpsons.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/it-is-murder-unless/

      And you are conflating (a misperception of the) law with morality. It is a scientific fact that the unborn are human beings. Successful abortions end the lives of those human beings.

      Like

      1. Where did I say they would go up by one? All I said is that they would go up. If nothing else in society changes, and the birth rate for blacks goes up, then the rate for infant mortality would increase. Blacks have a higher rate of infant mortality than any other group in the US. If they have more births, the total rate will go up. Why is that hard to understand?

        Im not trying to make any moral equivalents of anything. I’m a moral relativist. I fully understand that when Jephtah killed his daughter for your God, it was perfectly moral for his time, where today, we consider killing your walking, talking daughter to be completely immoral. Even by your bibles standards, morality is a flexible thing that changes over time.

        Ok, I read that bill. No where does it give the status of ‘person hood’. It just allows the punitive measures of the State to be used on someone who intentionally kills the fetus of a mother against her will. This makes perfect sense, in a rational world. If a woman wants to bring a child to bear, and someone intentionally attacks her in a way to kill the fetus, then we would want a legal recourse. I’m not sure why you brought that up, because it doesn’t support your case.

        Like

      2. “Blacks have a higher rate of infant mortality than any other group in the US. If they have more births, the total rate will go up. Why is that hard to understand?”

        Because it is a false statement. Let’s say the mortality rate is 1%. If abortions were reduced by 1,000,000, then we’d expect that roughly 1% of those would die as infants. But there is no reason to think the rate would go up from the 1%.

        And what you ignore is that 99% of those — 990,000 human beings! — would live instead of being crushed and dismembered.

        “I’m a moral relativist. ”

        Moral relativism is intellectual bankruptcy. You should watch Cruel Logic, a 7 min. film, until you see that — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qd1LPRJLnI . After all, if it became a law to kill moral relativists you could oppose it out of personal preference but you’d have no grounding to say it was wrong for anyone else.

        And you don’t understand the Jepthah passage.

        Re. the law against killing the unborn unless mommy contracts a certain 3rd party to commit the act — I never claimed it gave a status of “personhood.” That is your arbitrary and loosely defined term that you use to rationalize the destruction of innocent but unwanted human beings.

        Like

  2. All I said is that they would go up. If nothing else in society changes, and the birth rate for blacks goes up, then the rate for infant mortality would increase.

    That’s not logical at all. What you mean to say is that if the birth rate goes up, then the total numbers of infants NOT born alive rises. 1% of 200,000 is a bigger number than 1% of 100,000. The RATE stays the same, all other things being equal.

    I’m a moral relativist.

    Then you’ve got no business casting aspersions on anything or anyone. Your morality by definition has no fixed, objective point of reference. It consists of mere personal preferences and are no more valid than anyone else’s preferences.

    I can see you nodding in agreement on that last sentence…except I have noticed that moral relativists are the first to fall into righteous outrage when they believe they’ve been wronged or their “rights” have been violated. All that “morality is defined by individual choice” stuff will go right out the window if someone breaks into your house, takes something of yours, and harms your family, won’t it? And if you catch the bastard, you aren’t going to be inclined to listen when he says, “But I’m a moral relativist, and my morality says it’s OK to take what I need.”

    See, the truth of the matter is that even moral relativists have quite clear ideas about moral and immoral (read: right and wrong). Those ideas are formed as a result of growing up in a culture that’s still heavily influenced by Christian mores, even if many no longer embrace the personal accountability required by those mores. Instead, they fall back on “it’s okay, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.” (Coincidentally, this is precisely the position taken by Libertarians, which is precisely why I will have nothing to do with their party, no matter how rotten and corrupt the GOP becomes…)

    This meme needs to die…this whole ridiculous notion that there is anything whatsoever relative about morality. What rubbish.

    Like

    1. Well said. This culture runs on the fumes of Christianity but is so illogical. Relativists, like their Venn diagram-overlapping atheist friends, have no grounding for morality (by their own admission!) but they rarely go three sentences without making moral claims. The verbal whiplash never ceases to amaze me.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s