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Abortion is Killing the Black Community 

This is not healthcare - this is extermination
By Michele Reynolds
October 18, 2023
On The Record

Editor’s Note:  Even though the vote on this issue did not go our way, we are keeping this piece posted on OTR so readers can see for themselves whether the author's predictions following the vote are coming true.

Abortion is killing the black community.

The abortion industry has nefarious roots in hatred and racism. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a eugenicist who systematically targeted “inferior races” for decades. She opened her first clinic in a black neighborhood in Brooklyn.

This horrific moment was just the beginning. Abortion is still a lucrative business scheme in America.

Since 1973, this predatory industry has claimed the lives of 20 million black children in the nation.

Ohio’s black women and babies have felt this evil year after year. And it continues today.

The black community accounts for just over 13% of Ohio’s population, yet according to the Ohio Department of Health in 2022, 48.4% of abortions performed in Ohio were on black women.

Black babies in Ohio are 6 times more likely to be aborted than white babies.

The abortion machine guarantees that racial and ethnic minorities remain perpetual minorities. 

This is not healthcare – this is extermination.

Whether you claim to believe “Black Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter,” it is time to question our nation’s tolerance toward the violence committed against women and babies. I do not accept that in 2023, we cannot do better than pit mothers against our children.  Accepting the status quo is archaic and barbaric.  

I firmly believe that this debate is rooted in a simple truth: everyone deserves equal protection under the law and the right to live. We should be focused on defending the sanctity of life through the lens of love and compassion. 

But Issue 1 takes this truth and throws it in the trash. It ends any meaningful conversations on protections for women and children.

This is why I spoke so forcefully on the floor of the Ohio Senate in favor of Resolution 215, which opposes Issue 1 on the November ballot.

This amendment, if passed, would be a permanent fixture in our constitution. As written, it opens potential floodgates that we cannot repair.

Late term-abortions will be legal, and health and safety protocols for women and children will no longer be standardized. Life and death decisions for a mother and baby will be made by abortion providers. 

Sound familiar?

Issue 1 fuels the abortion machine more than ever against the black community. 

More black children will die and more black women will be harmed.

I am one of a bipartisan group of more than 100 Black pastors and community leaders who have signed a letter opposing Issue 1.  

The letter says, "As Black faith and community leaders across Ohio who are called to care for God’s people, we urge our fellow Christians, the Black community, and all Ohioans who believe in the inherent value of every person to vote NO on Issue 1 this November. The future of our state, our society, and our race is at stake in this amendment, and we must protect them.” 

“This is not a party line vote, nor is Issue 1 a Republican or Democrat issue. This is a moral issue and for the Black community in particular, it is a life-or-death matter."

Life is worth defending, and Issue 1 targets innocent life.

History warns us against this dangerous proposal. We can and must do better than the devastation Issue 1 creates. 

Instead let’s focus on building a society in which every child, woman, and family can thrive—regardless of their race or background.

Let’s begin that work instead of allowing more innocent black babies to die.

Senator Michele Reynolds represents Ohio Senate District 3

(Watch Senator Reynolds' moving floor speech defending life and opposing Issue 1 on the November ballot.)

Editor’s Note:  These are the Black faith and community leaders in Ohio who signed the letter.

Pastor Daryl Baker, Destiny Ministries

Pastor Terry Banks, Hope City House of Prayer

Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, Former Cincinnati Mayor, Ohio SOS and Ohio Treasurer

Minister Norman Brantly, Eagle Rock Church

Bishop Charles Brown, United Fellowship of Churches

Pastor Ricky Brown, World Fire Church

Pastor Michael Bullock, Mile's Mission

Pastor Rick Burkes, Only Believe Church Dayton

Pastor Jerome Byrd, Good News Baptist Church

Dr. Marlene Carson, Black Leaders Against Sex Trafficking (B.L.A.S.T.)

Pastor Michael Carter, The Well Church

Pastor Teddy Ceasar, Destiny Church Int'l

Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, First Church of God

Pastor Frederick Clement, One Family Church

Pastor John Coats, Metropolitan Church of God In Christ

Pastor Leon Collins, Dayton-Eastview COG

Minister David Crowder, Faith Life Church

Deacon Raymond Crump, Freemont Baptist Temple

Apostle Arnold Culbreath, Douglas Leadership Institute

Pastor Lance Darden, Fresh Wind Worship Center

Pastor Charlie Davis, New Born Ministries

Pastor Arthur M. Davis II, Mt. Nebo Baptist Church

Bishop Harry Davis, Greater St. Paul Church

Pastor Gabriel Day, Last Trump Productions

Pastor Gerome Decarlo, Glory Evangelistic Ministries Church

Pastor James Delaney, St. James Christian Center

Pastor Kenneth Donaldson, Rising Star Baptist Church

Choose Life Ohio

Pastor Joe Dunlap, Bethel Temple

Evangelist Christina Dunlap, Bethel Temple

Pastor Judah Early, New Community Bible Fellowship

Minister Ruth Edmonds, Columbus Christian Center

Pastor Yaves Ellis, New Birth Christian Ministries

Pastor David C. Forbes, Jr., Columbus Christian Center

Dr. Tracy Forbes, Columbus Chris=an Center

Pastor Gary Frost, Steel Valley Baptist Association

Pastor Bobbie Garrett, Cornerstone Baptist Church

Mr. H. Goode, Goode Solutions Inc.

Pastor Taelor Gray, Linden Life Fellowship

Pastor David Gray, Signing as Individual

Pastor Karlie Hale, One Love Church

Pastor Reggie Hayes, United Faith Int.l Baptist Church & S.C.B.O.

Pastor Jeff Haygood, Living Word Church of Columbus

Minister MaHhew Hazelwood, Faith Life

Minister LaJuana Henderson, The Wave of Praise Digital Radio Station

Pastor Toriano Henry, Evergrowing Ministries

Pastor Rodney Jackson, President, African American Fellowship of S.C.B.O.

Pastor Taylor James, New Community Bible Fellowship

Bishop John Jennings, Kingdom Authority Ministries Int'l

Overseer Tina Jennings, Kingdom Authority Ministries Int'l

Pastor Brandon Johnson, Rock Columbus

Minister Kelven Johnson, Community U.C.A.N.

Pastor David Judah, Vintage Grounds Worldwide

Pastor Lonnie Kee, Strongpoint Church

Pastor Curtis Kemp, Good Life Church

Mrs. Bernadine Kennedy Kent, Former State Representative

Pastor John Little, Resurrection Baptist Church

Pastor Julius Lancaster, All Nations Worship Assembly

Minister Jeanne Madison, Signing as Individual

Minister David Mahan, Eagle Rock Church

Elder Sean Marshall, The PAW Patrol Ministries

Minister Angela Marshall, The PAW Patrol Ministries

Pastor Brondon, Mathis Hope for Columbus & the Nations Movement

Pastor John Maze, Agape Bible Fellowship

Pastor Byron McGee, Cornerstone Baptist Church

Apostle Arthur McGuire, Joshua Christian Ministries

Lady Charlotte McGuire, Joshua Christian Ministries

Pastor Carl Mitchell, Restore Church the Bible Way

Pastor Eugene Moore, Guiding Light Church

Pastor Wayne Moore, Greater Christ Temple

Pastor Walter Moss, The Father's House

Choose Life Ohio

Lady Darleen Moss, The Father's House

Minister Mare' Munala, Eagle Rock Church

Pastor Gerald Murphy, Garden City Church

Pastor Stephen Opoku, Hope of Glory Temple

Pastor Elgin Orton, City of Zion Church

Pastor Stephen Owens, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Mrs. Yvonne Pardon, Signed as individual

Pastor Claudio Penha, Harmony Church

Pastor Eb Penha, Rock Columbus

Minister Al Phillips, Signed as individual

Deacon James Ragland, Signed as individual

Pastor William Randolph, Pastors Legacy Ministries

Bishop Harold Rayford, The Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith

Pastor Charles Redmond, New Journey Church

Senator Michelle Reynolds, Ohio General Assembly

Mr. Mo Riggins, Educator and Community Advocate

Pastor Gerald Saffo, United Faith Community Church

Pastor Antone Sampson, The Freedom Center Church

Lady Erika Sampson, The Freedom Center Church

Bishop Leslie J. Simms, Living Waters Christian Fellowship

Minister Sean Smith, Roar Ministries

Pastor Michael Spears, Fishery Ministries

Pastor Collin Stables, The Joy Walker Ministries

Pastor Debbie Stables, The Joy Walker Ministries

Pastor Ivan Stewart, Kingdom Modela Church

Pastor Geoff Stewart, Kingdom Models

Pastor Alfred Tagoe, Oasis of Love Community Church

Pastor Rory Tate, Center of Hope Bible Fellowship Church

Pastor Lynne Themalaras, Oasis City Church

Dr. John Tyus, World Conquerors Through Jesus Christ ministries

Pastor Gavin Walker, Calvary Christian Fellowship

Pastor Andre Whaley, Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church

Apostle Brian Williams, Hope City House of Prayer

Pastor Gerald Williams, Yeshua is Lord

Pastor Shatisha Williams, Zion Christian Fellowship

Pastor Derek Williams, Zion Christian Fellowship

State Representative Josh Williams, Ohio General Assembly

Mr. James A. Whitaker Jr., State Central Committee

Apostle Juan Woods, Triumphant Christian Center

Pastor Mike Young, City of Grace