Planned Parenthood recently opened a new 50,000 square foot big box abortion store in Stapleton. Gated and nicely landscaped, the facility is the latest façade erected by an industry that has operated behind veneers, euphemisms, and outright falsehoods for its entire existence. One of that industry’s ugly truths, though, is now piercing the public relations veil it has so carefully woven.
The killing tools of abortionists are as aimed at blacks today as the fire hoses of segregationists 50 years ago.
Taking more African American lives than gun violence, heart disease, cancer, and AIDS combined, abortion seems to have targeted blacks in a way that can only make remaining Ku Klux Klan members smile. For every three living African Americans, there is one who has been aborted. It’s as if a plague swept through the black community and took every fourth person.
The numbers speak for themselves. According to the abortion industry’s own Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are 4.8 times more likely to have an abortion than white women. African Americans comprise about 13 percent of the population, yet receive 37 percent of all abortions. And like Planned Parenthood’s new Colorado mega-center, most abortion businesses are located in or adjacent to predominantly minority neighborhoods.
I know. Two of those 50 million were my own children.
Defending the unborn has become the civil rights cause of this generation. I say this not just because abortion attacks the black community, but because it attacks the most innocent and helpless among us. Certainly, the numbers tell us that blacks, Hispanics, and the disabled in the womb are more at risk, but anyone with unborn status is subject to abortion’s lethal and inherently discriminatory victimization.
On Monday night, August 25, 2008 at Martin Luther King Park, I was honored to have spoken on behalf of these victims at Light in the Darkness, a peaceful prayer vigil and rally. I was joined by Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Pastor Willard Johnson of Macedonia Baptist Church, other local pastors and people of good will in standing witness against the activities taking place only a block away at Planned Parenthood’s new edifice. The program included speakers, music, and prayer and was concluded with a silent, prayerful march around Planned Parenthood’s building.
My uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety.” My grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was the head of a very pro-life family. My father Rev. A. D. King was a champion for youth and children’s rights. Though they have all “gone on to glory,” I believe they would join me in saying now that America cannot win if we are willing to sacrifice the lives of our children for immediate personal comfort and safety.
Planned Parenthood, which gave an award to my uncle before it revealed its abortion agenda and which told me that one of my children was just a clump of cells, has lied to my family for the last time. The abortion industry, which profits through cruelty and deceit, can’t hide the truth no matter how many new facades it constructs. And you and I, who lived for years with the comfort of denial, can no longer do so. Fifty million missing won’t let us.
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