Black Pro-Life Advocates Hope Candidates Refuse Planned Parenthood Funds

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 24, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Black Pro-Life Advocates Hope Candidates Refuse Planned Parenthood Funds

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 24
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A coalition of black pro-life pastors and advocates plan a march at the headquarters of both the national Republican and Democratic parties on Thursday. They want candidates of both parties to refuse any of the $10 million Planned Parenthood plans to spend on the upcoming elections.

The African-American activists say Planned Parenthood targets black women and historically black communities with their abortion centers.

They also point to an investigation showing staff at Planned Parenthood offices gladly accepting donations from a caller pretending to want the funds used for abortions on black babies.

“We are very concerned that Planned Parenthood is targeting African American communities and African American babies,” Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr, told Fox News.

“Any candidate who continues … by accepting campaign contributions says that you’re not as concerned about civil rights for all people,” King said. “It’s an anti-civil rights act to support Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood responded to the call with a statement of its own saying it doesn’t tolerate racism.

“For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has worked to address racial and economic bias in access to health care and ensure that all women receive care. We are committed to providing basic and preventative health services to women, men and teens, especially in underserved communities,” the leading abortion business said.

Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union and King are leading the effort, which will involve 50 black pastors.

Dr. Johnny Hunter, Dean Nelson, Rev. Arnold Culbreath, Bishop Harry Jackson, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Rev. Clenard Childress and other black leaders will be involved.

The pastors will be joined by pro-life students and other pro-life advocates who have already banded together to publicly ask Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood because of the calls showing acceptance of the racist donations.

In April, the black pro-life pastors stood in front of a Washington, DC Planned Parenthood abortion business and demanded it stop targeting minorities.

The pastors and pro-life advocates plan to hold two separate bipartisan press conferences calling on both parties and their candidates to reject the Planned Parenthood money.

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