Overturning Roe v. Wade will usher in new culture of Black life

Star Parker
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Star Parker

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In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision allowed women a constitutional right to abortion and set the pro-life and pro-choice sides on a 50-year-long debate. Within the Black community, some say the ruling has saved lives, while others argue it had a particularly negative effect on Blacks, impacting marriage rates, crime and poverty levels. With Roe v. Wade now overturned, Straight Arrow News contributor Star Parker is optimistic, arguing the new federal law will usher in a culture of life for the Black community:

Yes, there is great reason today to celebrate in America, as the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe has turned America towards a culture of life. And I’m confident that the result will be a rebirth of generational family, secure children, and a healthy future for our country. Everyone who knows me knows that I believe the overturning of Roe v. Wade is a plus positive for our country and our culture. 

Roe had opened the door for the destruction of some 60+ million pregnancies, including four of my own. The Roe decision introduced a culture of death into our nation and as result, far too many women got caught up in sexual irresponsibility, which has severely impacted marriage and childbearing. In 1973, when we as a nation lost an appreciation for the sanctity of humanity growing in a woman’s womb, we lost the sanctity of behavior that brings life into the world.  

In 1960, the percentage of black adults and white adults, age 25 and above, that had never been marred was almost identical — around 10%. By 2012, among whites this increased to 16% but among blacks to 36% of adults who had never married. The disproportionate extent to which marriage has collapsed amongst African-Americans is most troubling as a culture of death has rooted itself in black communities due to the sexual gone wrong. 

About one-third of our nation’s abortions are performed on Black women, and Black poverty is largely centered in Black households headed by single women. And Black crime is largely centered in Black neighborhoods among young Black men without dads in their homes married to their moms. Sadly, the entire Congressional Black Caucus wants to perpetuate this culture of death. They decry the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and are working with progressives in the Congress to codify abortion into national law. What is beyond my understanding is how those that represent the communities where abortion has most caused such pain and chaos, why these congressional representatives would continue to encourage the young women in their communities to kill their offspring?

Yes, I’m elated that Roe has died.

Yes, there is great reason today to celebrate in America, as the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe has turned America towards a culture of life. And I’m confident that the result will be a rebirth of generational family, secure children, and a healthy future for our country.Everyone who knows me knows that I believe the overturn of Roe v Wade is a plus positive for our country and our culture. 

Roe had opened the door for the destruction of some 60+ million pregnancies, including four of my own. The Roe decision introduced a culture of death into our nation and as result, far too many women got caught up in sexual irresponsibility which has severely impacted marriage and childbearing. In 1973, when we as a nation lost an appreciation for the sanctity of humanity growing in a woman’s womb, we lost the sanctity of behavior that brings life into the world.  

Marriage and sex became no longer a miracle expressing love and creation – but erratic expressions of fleeting self-gratifications. And this reality touches all of us regardless of our personal views on abortion because when marriage collapses, many other pillars of civil society collapse as well. We see these impacts on the nightly news. Housing shortages, despondent children, entrenched poverty, aggressive crime: all resulting from the collapse of marriage.

And collapse of marriage has had such a disparate impact on blacks elevating emotions and life patterns of despair and desperation. 

In 1960, the percentage of black adults and white adults, age 25 and above, that had never been marred was almost identical – around 10 percent.  By 2012, among whites this increased to 16% but among blacks to 36 percent of adults who had never married. The disproportionate extent to which marriage has collapsed amongst African Americans is most troubling as a culture of death has rooted itself in black communities due to the sexual gone wrong. 

About one third of our nation’s abortions are performed on black women.  And black poverty is largely centered in black households headed by single women.  And black crime is largely centered in black neighborhoods among young black men without dads in their homes married to their moms. Sadly, the entire Congressional Black Caucus wants to perpetuate this culture of death. They decry the court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade and are working with progressives in the Congress to codify abortion into national law. What is beyond my understanding is how those that represent the communities where abortion has most caused such pain and chaos, why these Congressional representatives would continue to encourage the young women in their communities to kill their offspring?

Yes, I’m elated that Roe has died. After working towards this end for more than 35 years, I sense an optimism in the air. An enthusiasm that the Supreme Court has turned our back towards life, and liberty and a desire for our citizens to begin again to pursue happiness in a more wholesome way. A way where we respect each other’s humanity, including the humanity of the being growing in their mother’s womb. 

A way where men respect women to include marriage in their proposal for sexual activity. A way where women respect generational family and make sexual decisions that honor their legacy and future offspring. My prediction is that with abortion no longer an easy option for reckless sexual behaviors Americans of all ethnicities will once again choose a culture of life.

So yes, I am rejoicing today that so many will be called “Mom” this time next year. And I am praying that God will shower their offspring with a double portion of His blessings – that both you and your descendants may live.


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