Thank God for Pro-Life African-Americans Opposing Abortion

Opinion   |   Ron Prentice   |   Jul 13, 2011   |   2:00PM   |   Oakland, CA

You may know the name Reverend Walter Hoye. In 2009, Hoye was sentenced to 30 days in jail and an $1100 fine for carrying a sign outside Oakland abortion clinics that read, “Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you!” As women approached the doors of clinics, Hoye would ask, “May I talk to you about alternatives to the clinic?”

Alameda Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing said that he would not have imposed a sentence or fine if Hoye had agreed to refrain from his pro-life activity outside clinics, but Hoye refused. The conviction was later overturned by an appellate court.

An African-American, Hoye is back in the spotlight for placing pro-life messages on billboards, targeting the high rate of abortions in the black community. The billboard campaign has run in Oakland and Los Angeles, as well as several other states.

A article describes pro-abortion organizations objecting to the “race-based” content of the billboards. But Hoye responds that since 1973 more than 15 million abortions of preborn black children “have crippled the black community.” In fact, a February 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly 35% of all abortions in the United States are preborn black babies, whereas African-Americans make up only 12.6% of the American population. In other words, black babies are aborted at three times the rate of other races, and comprise 30% of all abortions in the U.S.

An excellent – though alarming – video exposes the abortion industry’s strategies for profit-making, at the cost of human life. Go to to view “The Business of Abortion,” in which former leaders in the abortion industry make clear that the motivations of the abortion industry have nothing to do with the welfare of the mother. You must first register – at no cost – to be a Cross Examine Insider, then you will have access to dozens of worldview topics from the host of The Truth Project, Dr. Del Tackett.

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Thank God for Reverend Walter Hoye. Note: Ron Prentice is the CEO of the California Family Council.