"Your womb is sacred…"
Excerpt from Minister Louis Farrakhan's Speech at the Million Family March
October 16, 2000
FARRAKHAN: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful, we give him praise and
thanks for his mercy and his goodness to the human family. The greatest of God's
mercies comes to us in the form of divine revelation sent down through the mouth
of God's prophets and messengers. We thank Allah for Moses and the Torah. We
thank him for Jesus and the Gospel.
We thank him for Mohammed and the Koran. Peace be upon these worthy servants
I am a student of the most honor Elijah Muhammed, and I could never thank
Allah enough for his intervention in our affairs, raising up among us one to
lead, teach and guide us to the straight path of God, none other than the
Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I greet all of you, my dear and wonderful brothers
and sisters, with the greeting words of peace, "As Salaam Alaykum."
Now, my dear sisters, I want to say something specifically to you, all the
women that are here. Sisters, your womb is sacred.
Your womb is the workshop of the creator. I want you to hear me clearly.
Every human being that we love and admire came from the womb of a female.
How do your prayers get answered? Every one of us say a prayer. And those of
us who saw loved ones die from cancer, have not you prayed that somebody would
find a cure? Look at the children suffering from muscular dystrophy, from sickle
cell anemia, from multiple sclerosis, those suffering from prostate cancer,
ovarian cancer, lung cancer, but there are some medicines, but not cures.
Wouldn't you like to find the cure for all these diseases? Where do you think
the cure is going to come from? It's going to come from the womb of some woman,
maybe some sister that is in this audience today.
My dear sisters, I understand why you fight for pro-choice.
Because you are tired of men using you for procreation and pleasure, and you
want the right to say, "I don't want this life." I understand that. But don't
let the extreme ignorance of the male cause you to react in a way that is not
good for yourself or the future of humanity. You have the right to choose.
Choose well the man that you're going to give yourself to.
Make a good choice, sister. Don't give yourself to a man just because he asks
for you. Make sure he's the right man. That's pro- choice.
Now listen, in the Bible it says, "I set before you this day two signs, one
of life, one of death. Choose life that you and your seed may live." Beloved
sisters who are listening to me this afternoon, if you are now expecting a new
life, I'm begging you, on behalf of almighty God, do not abort that life.
For that life that you are carrying, I promise you in the name of Allah, that
life will be a blessing to you and a blessing to this nation and a blessing to
the world. Every woman that is pregnant, put your hand on that life and hear me.
I am telling you, in the name of almighty God, Allah, that what you are carrying
in your womb is an answer to the prayer for peace.
Because peace cannot come unless there's a peace- maker, and all peace-makers
have come from the womb of a woman. Keep your hand on your womb and say, "I vow
what is in my womb to almighty God, to serve him and to serve my people and
humanity." And if you will let that life live, your seed will be blessed from
now into the future.