A Christian woman protesting abortion outside an Alabama abortion facility Friday caught the attention of many passers-by with her sign, “Many George Floyds will die here today.”
Insider reports the woman, Maria Church, is part of the WalkaboutJesus organization, which does street evangelism. She and others were outside the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville on Friday to urge women to choose life for their unborn babies.
Church’s sign refers to the killing of a black man by police officers last month in Minnesota. A video showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck while he pleaded that he could not breathe. The officer now is facing murder charges.
The sign links Floyd’s death to the deaths of unborn black babies in abortions. Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And New York City health statistics indicate that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born each year.
Church’s sign angered some people who drove by Friday, including Jasmin Rae, according to the report. On Instagram, she called the comparison “pure ignorance.”
“She’s at the ABORTION CLINIC equating THAT to George Floyd’s death,” Rae wrote.
In one of the two videos she posted, either Rae or her sister can be heard calling Church a “b—-.” One of the protesters responded that she was a “hypocrite” and a “Jezebel.”
It appears that Rae or her sister may have assaulted one of the evangelist protesters. They can be heard in the video telling one of the women not to stand so close, and then it appears that the woman tried to snatch away their sign.
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A subsequent video Rae posted showed her sister, who asked to remain anonymous for professional reasons, approaching the protesters. Church was joined by Mary and Daniel Rusk, the self-titled “street Evangelist” leading WALKabout Jesus. Mary Rusk told Rae’s sister on camera that there were “lots of black babies being tortured to death” in the abortion clinic.
The group said they were going to call the police on Rae’s sister, who is Black, for harassment. That’s when she decided to just take the sign. “It was not an act against her,” she told Insider, explaining that she saw people commenting on Rae’s Instagram threatening to attack the protesters. “It was really to help her.”
On Facebook, Walkabout Jesus described what happened as an assault after people got mad about their sign.
Rae’s sister said she was not angry about their views on abortion. She said she was angry that they appeared to be using Floyd’s death for their “agenda.”
“It had nothing to do with whether we stand for abortion or don’t stand for abortion. That was not the problem. The problem was disrespecting the dead,” she said.
Born and unborn, every human life is precious and valuable. Millions of black lives have been silenced through abortion. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, an estimated 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted in America. Many believe the abortion industry targets minorities for abortions. Research by Protecting Black Life found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.