Black Pro-Life Candidate Stands Behind Planned Parenthood-KKK Comparison

State   Steven Ertelt   Jun 17, 2013   |   5:20PM    Richmond, VA

Republican Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson of Virginia told a radio talk show host today that he stands behind the comparison he made of the Planned Parenthood abortion business and the KKK, saying it targets blacks.

The African-American candidate upset liberals in May when he made the comparison, pointing out how the Planned Parenthood abortion business targets blacks by playing its abortion clinics in majority minority areas.

“The main similarity, which I will continue to propound is that the moral dilemma that both pose is very similar,” Jackson told conservative talk radio host Bryan Fischer, according to Buzzfeed. “The justification for slavery is in a sense the same as the justification for unfettered abortion, which is, the victim is not a real person, he’s not a human being and therefore has no rights that we are bound to respect.”

Previously, pro-life activist Kelsey Hazzard of Secular Pro-Life defended Jackson’s comments.

Democratic activists are going nuts over statements by E. W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia. The quote all the news pieces are highlighting: “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”

Reporters are treating this as an unimaginable gaffe. Their theme is that, by picking a candidate who would say such a thing, the GOP has proven that it hasn’t learned anything from its poor performance in recent elections. I won’t comment on whether or not the GOP has learned anything; only time will tell. My gripe with this news coverage is that none of the reporters bothered to point out that what Jackson said about Planned Parenthood is factually accurate.

It is true. Full stop.

In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in the United States. Nationally, 37% of abortions are performed on black women, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. We can therefore surmise that in one year alone, Planned Parenthood killed approximately 123,567 unborn African-American children.

As for the KKK, estimates vary. The Tuskegee Institute has documented 3,446 lynchings of black Americans between 1882 and 1968. But not all KKK murders were done by lynching, and some lynching incidents were committed by racists independent of the KKK. In any event, the number of blacks killed by the KKK, in its entire history, does not approach 123,567.

Black pro-life advocate Ryan Bomberger says the Planned Parenthood targeting of African-Americans is clear.

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In Arkansas, 38% of the state’s 4,033 abortions are among black women. The black population in Arkansas is 16%. As is typical, nationwide, two of the state’s three abortion clinics are located in 56% and 80% black neighborhoods, while Planned Parenthood claims high black abortion rates are due to “lack of access.”

And 2012 research released by Protecting Black Life (an outreach of Life Issues Institute) reveals that 79% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American and/or Hispanic/Latino communities.