Black Pro-Life Leader Says Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Plans Not Racist

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 21, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Black Pro-Life Leader Says Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Plans Not Racist

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 21
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A top black pro-life advocate says there is nothing racist about opposing the health care plans pending in Congress because they force taxpayers to finance abortions. Dr. Alveda King is responding to critics who say such opposition is racist and point to the outburst from Rep. Joe Wilson.

During President Barack Obama’s health care speech two weeks ago, Wilson shouted "You lie," as Obama ticked off a list of complaints about the bills he thought were false.

The Wilson comment has prompted some political observers to suggest that opposition to the three main bills — HR 3200 in the House and the Kennedy and Baucus measures in the Senate — is racially motivated. King says that’s not so.

“Congressman Joe Wilson’s breach of etiquette was definitely wrong, but to call it racist is to cry wolf,” she told today.

King says abortion itself is racist because it targets the African-American community as abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood place centers in minority neighborhoods.

“What really is racist is singling out minorities, who now receive about two-thirds of the abortions in this country, for discriminatory treatment," King explained.

"Those of us who care about the civil rights of all Americans, born and unborn, oppose Obamacare because we oppose the expansion of the most racist industry in America – the abortion industry. This is why we also are asking the Justice Department to investigate the racist practices of Planned Parenthood," she said.

“Anyone who supports so called abortion rights, even an ex-President, should check the facts and take the mote out of his own eye before calling someone else a racist,” King added — referring to former President Jimmy Carter, who has made some of the racism charges.

King continued: “Fact one – abortion has taken 17 million African American lives since 1973. Fact two – the President’s health care plan, as presently written, will dramatically add to that number as it will cause the government to start subsidizing abortions that it doesn’t now.”

“The abortion movement has targeted minorities since its inception,” King concluded.

“There is no greater step one can take to oppose racism today than to oppose the expansion of abortion that would take place under the health care plans currently under consideration. The choice is simple, promote health with prenatal care or promote death with abortion. I say choose life," she told

Dr. King will join with other pro-life African American leaders this Wednesday through Friday for a Capitol Hill education campaign on abortion and racism.

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