Black Lives Matter supports abortion, LGBTQ+ agenda
Following the death of George Floyd – he died after being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill and the arresting officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck and back for nearly nine minutes – there were protests, first in Minneapolis and later across the United States and around the globe, organized by Black Lives Matter and other civil rights groups. Black Lives Matter, polls showed in mid-June, was more popular than President Donald Trump in the United States and demands to “defund the police” are being seriously discussed in various municipalities including Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. But what do people really know about Black Lives Matter (BLM) and its agenda?
Ryan Bomberger is the founder of Radiance Foundation, “a life-affirming organization that creatively illuminates that life has purpose.” The organization has four key values: “Every human life has purpose;” “We are called to love one another and show compassion to those in need.” “The most fundamental right is the Right to Life;” and, “Family is the foundation of every society.”
On June 5, he posted on the Radiance Foundation website, “Top 10 reasons I’ll never support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.” He was later interviewed on Jonathan Van Maren’s LifesiteNewspodcast about it, where he extrapolated upon the ten points. He said “the premise is not true; there is no goal of forgiveness or reconciliation, and, it’s all about Black Power.” But Bomberger also raises issues related to life and family, where BLM is on the wrong side. He noted that BLM promotes the LGBTQ+ agenda, ignores fatherhood , undermines the family, and supports abortion. He said “apparently, not all black lives matter,” in regard to BLM’s support of a full range of reproductive rights, including abortion.
According to U.S. census data, blacks make up 13 per cent of the American population, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women account for about 40 per cent of all abortions. Research by Protecting Black Life found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority neighborhoods and that an estimated 20 million black preborn babies have been killed by abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973. New York City health statistics show that more black babies are killed by abortion than are born each year.
Reflecting on such numbers and the fact that Margaret Sanger supported eugenics policies, Wall Street Journalcolumnist William McGurn wrote that “This doesn’t mean that Planned Parenthood promotes abortion so America will have fewer black citizens. But it’s undeniable that this is the outcome of what they are doing.” Asking for Sanger’s bust to be removed from the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘struggle for justice’ exhibit, Senator Ted Cruz (R, Texas), said that “her racist views have had a very real and devastating impact on the widespread destruction of unborn human life.”
Despite the numbers that show black Americans are disproportionately victims of abortion, BLM supports abortion rights and abortion rights groups, and they, in turn, reciprocate the support.
Following President Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address, BLM released a response, which included support for abortion: “We deserve and thus we demand reproductive justice that gives us autonomy over our bodies and our identities while ensuring that our children and families are supported, safe, and able to thrive. We deserve and thus we demand participatory democracy that encompasses political, economic, cultural, spiritual, and sexual self-determination.” In 2016, it announced it would “partner” with “reproductive justice groups to fight for black women.” In 2014, BLM partnered with black “reproductive justice” organizations such as Trust Black Women and New Voices for Reproductive Justice.
Accepting as the “intersectionality” model of social phenomenon – what Wikipedia explains is “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage” – the groups said that it was not possible to understand the oppression that all blacks face without understand the lack of bodily autonomy black women have when it comes to deciding how many children they might have.
In a statement by the Trust Black Women Partnership, the group said: “Our lives are at stake. To realize a future where Black Lives Matter, we must Trust Black Women. To Trust Black Women is to affirm that Black Lives do Matter. So we say, in the same breath, in the same freedom song: Trust Black Women. Black Lives Matter.”
Alicia Garza, a co-founder of BLM, said in an interview with RH Reality, a pro-abortion website: “reproductive justice is very much situated within the Black Lives Matter movement. And the way we talk about that is that, essentially, it’s not just about the right for women to be able to determine when and how and where they want to start families, but it is also very much about our right to be able to raise families, to be able to raise children to become adults…. And that is being hindered by state violence in many different forms. One form being violence by law enforcement or other state forces, and the other form of crisis through poverty and lack of access to resources and lack of access to health communities that are safe and sustainable. So we certainly understand that BLM and reproductive justice go hand in hand.” Without a hint of irony, in that same interview, La’Tasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, said “freedom from violence is reproductive justice.”
Before co-founding BLM in 2014, Garza worked with pro-abortion groups for a decade before becoming “disillusioned” with Sanger and the movement’s eugenic and racist history, so she re-labeled her work reproductive justice instead of reproductive rights and began promoting abortion as a means of bodily autonomy for black women. Furthermore, the director of communications for BLM Global Network , Shanelle Matthews, worked as a strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on reproductive freedom and LGBTQ rights, co-founded the Reproductive Justice Advocates, and serves on the board of directors for the National Network of Abortion Funds.
When the BLM protests and riots started after George Floyd’s death, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Abortion Federation, and numerous state and local affiliates of Planned Parenthood made statements in support of BLM. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York posted a statement in favour of dozens of black and gay rights groups, noting, “Planned Parenthood of Greater New York stands with all those fighting against white supremacist terror. The road to liberation is long and will take all of us. The time to invest in the future of racial justice is long overdue.” Another affiliate posted the message: “We’re devastated, grieving, and outraged by violence against black lives. We must continue to demand accountability, justice, and an end to the inequity that continues to define every moment of life for Black America from the racist institutions that uphold white supremacy.”
In its statement, NARAL Pro-Choice America said the death of Floyd was “a snapshot of the violence and racism Black people in America face every day due to entrenched white supremacy. Further, we understand that we are part of a system of structural racism unless we are every single day working to unlearn it and fight against it. Silence is not an option.” It continued, “We witness and actively work against reproductive oppression,” with nary a word about the disproportionate number of black babies killed by abortion.
The National Abortion Federation released a statement that began: “These senseless killings shine a light on the systemic racism and white supremacy that pervade so much of our society. We know that these systems of hate and oppression affect the lives and safety of Black people every day and that we must speak out and condemn these murders and the systems that allow them to happen, as silence and complacency only serve to condone these injustices.” It went on to commit to helping “Black and Brown” abortion providers and abortion clients get the resources they need to provide abortion to the black community.
When the first BLM protests took place six years ago, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke tweeted that “If only these faux protesters were asked by media about all the black on black killing or black babies aborted in US every year.” When interviewed about the tweet on CNN, Clark said: “Look, the abortions? If Black lives – if they really mattered, that’s where the outrage would be; that’s where we’d see protests.”
During the latest round of protests, that message is getting out again. On June 5, Maria Church was taking part in a Walk About Jesus street evangelism at the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, holding a sign that said: “Many George Floyds will die here today.” She was assaulted by a passer-by who said the comparison was ignorant.
BLM is also radically supportive of the LGBTQ+ agenda. On the BLM “what we’re about” section of its website, there is no mention of police brutality or prison conditions, but there are four separate references to homosexual or transgender issues. It states: “We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.” And in the next paragraph, it commits to “make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead” stating that “We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.” Later, the statement affirms, “We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).”
As Bomberger says, BLM “heavily promote(s) homosexuality and transgenderism.”
Bomberger told Van Maren that Christians can have nothing to do with BLM. “The Bible is unambiguous about sexuality. Loving every human being is not the same as loving every human doing.”
He also said that BLM ignores fatherhood. BLM’s “what we’re about” states, “We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work ‘double shifts’ so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.” And in the next line, it says: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
Bomberger told Van Maren that ignoring fatherhood is a fatal mistake for the black community. “Fatherless communities are far more vulnerable to any predator, whether it’s the abortion industry or drugs,” he said. “But I don’t hear that being talked about.”
Bomberger said BLM is about black power and despite the importance of church to many black Americans, it is completely devoid of any religious foundation or acknowledgement of God. He said that churches need to lead the movement for racial reconciliation because the secular movements have “no forgiveness. No reconciliation at its heart is leading it.”