FRONTLINE takes an inside look at the African-American anti-abortion movement in the United States. This short film follows a group of anti-abortion activists and their work inside the black community. The centerpiece of their message: “The most dangerous place for an African-American child is in the womb.”
Reverend Clenard Childress Jr.: “Glory to God. What we do as a church — you edify one another. African American people of color have been targeted. ‘It is a woman’s right to choose.’ Well first of all, to the Christian, the Bible says you’ve been bought with a price and ye are not your own. It is not your body. God says, ‘It’s mine.’”
Alicia Culley Chambers: “I have 15 children. I have I have gotten abortions in the past. When the abortion was over, I felt that I had done something wrong and I felt that something was literally missing. I remember saying, ‘God, this is not right.’”
Childress: “Amen, our women are being lied to and victimized and you’re trying to get me to calm down. How do you calm down over genocide? And here I am a shepherd supposedly guarding the flock not warning them! I’m going to tell you right now, if you shed innocent blood, it will pollute the ground.
The anti-abortion movement, though historically white, has made outreach efforts into African American communities.