My mother made the decision to have me aborted.
She borrowed the money and she was on her way to an abortion clinic. She left her home in the suburbs of Detroit to take the 90 minute drive to Flint to have me terminated.
That decision rings in my head and the “what-if” scenarios play on a looped reel.
I found this out 2 years ago and I wondered why she changed her mind. As I was wondering about my situation I came across this statistic:
“40% of all abortions occur in the black community.”
I then began to wonder about the lives that could have been. Why is this number so high? Why didn’t I know it was such a high number?
Because we don’t talk about it.
About this time, someone asked me why those in the black community don’t adopt. I tried to explain that a lot of kinship adoptions occur without the paperwork so some of those statistics are flawed. But the rate at which those in the black community adopt isn’t where it should be. I can’t ignore that fact.
All these thoughts and stats were bumping in to each other in my head and I wondered if there was a way to unite them to create a change.
So I began to wonder; If the abortion rate is disproportionately high and the adoption rate is disproportionately low there should be a way to encourage and educate from these numbers. My hope is that there would be a way to use the stats to cancel each other out.
The education and awareness would come in the conversations we don’t have.
So how do we start the conversations?
I am the result of an aborted abortion.
Could I use this story to show others there is another way out?
How could I do that in a powerful way?
What if I created a film that shows my mother, her decision to have an abortion, and her decision not to have an abortion? If I can keep the film to 3 minutes, then it could become this powerful tool to start the conversations we are not having. It becomes a tool that I can place in someone’s hands that gives them an alternative. It becomes a tool I can use not just for the black community but for everyone who may be faced with a tough decision with only one way out.
I hope you will join me in this mission and help me raise the funds to make this mission a reality. I have designed the project through Kick Starter (click here to see the project) and my hope is you will join me to change lives. Share this with everyone you know and let’s partner to not only change lives but save some as well.