A New York state lawmaker is facing criticism this week after he called out the abortion industry’s targeting of African Americans for abortions.
State Assemblyman Ron Castorina Jr., R-Staten Island, told lawmakers Tuesday that abortion has become an “African American genocide” in New York, Syracuse.com reports. He urged lawmakers to oppose a bill that would codify Roe v. Wade in state law, allowing abortion for basically any reason at any time in pregnancy.
During the assembly debate Tuesday, Castornia’s remarks drew harsh backlash from pro-abortion lawmakers. Some called the statement “ridiculous” and others walked out of the chamber, according to the report. The debate became heated, and at one point, a Democratic assemblyman told a Republican assemblyman to “shut up,” the report states.
Afterward, Castorina told Timer Warner Cable News, “This chamber likes to look at things through the prism of race and gender all the time, but when it’s inconvenient, when I brought up an issue through the prism of race, that’s insulting?”
Castorina’s remarks are based on facts. Statistics show that African American women have a disproportionately high number of abortions in the U.S. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, has been exposed for specifically targeting African Americans for abortions by placing its abortion facilities in minority neighborhoods.
The black genocide of abortion is disturbingly evident in New York City, where state data shows more black babies are aborted than are born. In 2013 in New York, for every 1,000 black babies born alive, 1,223 were aborted. For white and Hispanic women, the ratios were much lower with 265 white babies aborted for every 1,000 born alive and 517 Hispanic babies aborted for every 1,000 born alive.
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However, pro-abortion state lawmakers refused to acknowledge the problem. They passed the pro-abortion bill on Tuesday in an 88-44 vote.
The bill states: “The state shall not deny a woman’s right to obtain an abortion as established by the United States Supreme Court in the decision Roe. v. Wade…Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, New York protects a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy within twenty-four weeks from commencement of her pregnancy or when necessary to protect a woman’s life or health as determined by a licensed physician.”
After the bill passed, Castorina told reporters, “I believe in the sanctity of life and I will always defend it, because the unborn do not have voice.”
The bill moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, which is unlikely to pass it, according to the report.
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and head of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, applauded Castorina for exposing the truth about abortion.
“The truth is not racist,” King said. “African-American communities are targeted by the abortion industry and too many of our babies die in abortion. These are facts that cannot be disputed. Mr. Castorina showed great courage in speaking this truth to members of the Assembly who clearly could not bear to hear it.”
Fr. Frank Pavone, executive director of Priests for Life, which is based in New York, said Castorina’s statements made him proud to be a Staten Island resident.
“Four in ten pregnancies in the state end in abortion,” Pavone said. “Six in ten African-American babies die in the womb. Clearly New York does not need more abortion. What we need are more people like Mr. Castorina willing to go out on a limb to protect the unborn.”