CAPITOL HILL - Pro-life leaders gathered, Monday, outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office to protest the healthcare proposal making its way through Capitol Hill.
Critics say the House proposal would use taxpayer funds for abortions and the country's top abortion provider-- Planned Parenthood.
Black leaders among the protestors were especially incensed, saying abortion and Planned Parenthood have eliminated millions of black children over several decades. They label it a genocide.
"A holocaustal genocide is taking place in our community," said Pastor Stephen Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas. "And Planned Parenthood is the agent through which that holocaust is taking place."
"Demographers have told us it takes 2.1 children per family in order to replace itself," he continued. "At this time in the black community, we are at 0.9, and we lay the blame for that number at the feet of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry."
King: 'Abortion is not Health Care'
Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., was among those protesting outside Pelosi's office.
"Abortion is not health care," she said. "Abortion causes disease, abortion causes pain, abortion causes sickness, and it causes the death of our little babies."
King added that taxpayer funding of abortion would be tragic.
"It will kill millions. It will harm thousands and thousands... of women," she said. "Many thousands of men will regret their lost fatherhood, and so we cannot fund that. We must not fund that."
Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition organized the demonstration and prayer time outside Pelosi's office-- just one of several events that will take place on Capitol Hill this week to protest abortion's place in the House healthcare proposal.
"We are here to send a clear message to Speaker Pelosi, to the 435 members of Congress, to President Obama: abortion is not health care," he said. "Not one penny of public money should be used for the killing and crushing of human life."
Johnny Hunter, national director of Life Education & Resource Networks (LEARN), compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan. He pointed to Planned Parenthood's original mandate was based in eugenics and it planned to severely limit races it considered "undesirable."
"The mindset of Planned Parenthood even today is more deadly than the ropes of the KKK," he charged.
Rooted in Racism
Hunter said the KKK and various racist groups lynched 3,446 blacks during the Jim Crow and segregationist decades, then compared that to abortion's toll.
"Black pre-born children are murdered in the womb at the alarming rate of 1,452 a day," he explained. "In just three days, abortionists put to death more blacks than 86 years of lynching. Abortion is womb-lynching."
Pastor Broden added, "As it stands today, every 72 seconds a black baby is aborted from its mother's womb."
"Health care does not equal Planned Parenthood's strategy to eliminate people," he continued.
Hunter called the practice "womb-lynching" and shared the scripture, "The thief comes to kill, to steal and destroy."
"Capitol Hill is loaded with thieves," he said. The thieves are the congressmen and congresswomen who reach into your pocketbook to steal your money in these tight times to give to someone to kill your child and destroy the future of people they consider to be 'undesirables.'"