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Slavery and Abortion, the Evil Similarities

Bradley Mattes   |   January 11, 2024

By looking at our past, we can more fully understand the present. The evil of slavery and the Civil War are dark chapters in our nation’s history that we never thought could be repeated. 

Tragically, history is repeating.  

Slavery and abortion have many morally bankrupt similarities. Both are built on the wretched notion that entire segments of American citizens are not persons in the eyes of the law. 

Dred Scott

The US Supreme Court Dred Scott v Sandford decision ruled 7-2 that blacks did not enjoy personhood like whites. They were considered mere chattel to be bought, sold, or even killed if it happened to be the notion of the slaveowner. 

The Roe v Wade decision ruled 7-2 that unborn babies were not persons and could be subject to being killed and their body parts bought and sold if it was the desire of the abortionist or the baby’s mother.  

Slaveowners told abolitionists, “It’s fine if you don’t like slavery, don’t own one, but don’t impose your morality on slaveowners by telling them what they can and cannot do with their own property.” 

Today pro-abortion advocates say something eerily similar. “It’s okay if you don’t like abortion, don’t have one, but don’t impose your morality on others by telling women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies.”  

Slaveowners made the false assertion that slave labor was good for our nation and its economy. Pro-abortion activists make the deceptive claim that abortion is healthcare and good for women and our nation’s economy since the babies won’t be dependent on welfare. 

Silencing the opposition was widely practiced during times of slavery. Abolitionists were threatened, beaten, and sometimes silenced by lynching. In modern times unfriendly academia, media and social media giants like Goggle carry out “high-tech lynchings” to silence pro-life voices. 

Firebombed Pregnancy Center

The 1830’s ushered in the silencing of abolitionists by mob violence by vandalizing abolitionists’ homes and offices. Churches were also vandalized and burned. During the months after the Dobb’s decision, mob violence inflicted similar damage against pro-life individuals, organizations, and churches.       

During slavery blacks were viewed as subhuman and suffered under the brutal and sometimes deadly hands of their “owners.” Today the abortion industry continues its attack against women of color.  

Life Issues Institute’s research documented that 79% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities were located in or near neighborhoods with high populations of black and Hispanic women. Margaret Sanger, the original founder of Planned Parenthood, would be proud of the systemic racism that permeates her organization. 

The Guttmacher Institute was initially founded as the research arm of Planned Parenthood and named after Alan Frank Guttmacher who was an American OB/GYN. He served as vice-president of the American Eugenics Society and president of Planned Parenthood.  

It is an unspeakable shame that Planned Parenthood publicly celebrates this eugenicist, a person defined by Webster as one who advocates the “controlled selective breeding of human populations.” In other words, preventing “undesirables” such as, in their view, blacks, the disabled or mentally ill from reproducing.  

Thankfully, racism is no longer predominate thinking in the South. In this way we hope that history will be repeated by making abortion unthinkable in America. 

Protecting all life,

Brad Mattes

President, Life Issues Institute

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