Popping up across the country are billboards that draw attention to the No. 1 killer of Black lives in America: abortion.
The pro-life billboards declare “Black Preborn Lives Matter” and Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action, the Frederick Douglass Foundation and Human Coalition Action are leading the awareness campaign.
“Planned Parenthood aborts 360 Blacks every day,” the billboards state. “Help us.”
According to the pro-life organizations, the billboards are located in Philadelphia, Detroit, Phoenix, Atlanta and Charlotte. They expect to add more in other cities in the coming weeks.
The Rev. Dean Nelson, chairman of The Frederick Douglass Foundation and executive director of Human Coalition Action, said they want to challenge Planned Parenthood “to own up to their racist past, particularly its founder, Margaret Sanger,” One News Now reports.
“She wrote in a letter to Clarence Gamble in 1939 exclaiming that ‘we don’t want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,’” Nelson told the news outlet. “In addition, we’re challenging Planned Parenthood to own up to their racist present, because we know that they still target minority populations, as it has been well documented by several organizations … that nearly 80 percent of their surgical abortion facilities are within walking distance of Black and Latino neighborhoods.”
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Earlier this week, more than 120 prominent Black leaders signed a letter to Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson urging her to “confront the systemic racism of America’s abortion practices and to publicly renounce the racist legacy of your founder, Margaret Sanger.”
While abortions harm families of every race and culture, they disproportionately harm Black families. As the letter noted, statistics show that while Black Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, they have 36 percent of all abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate among Black women is almost five times higher than it is among white women. And in New York City, health data indicates that more Black babies are aborted than are born alive annually.
The pro-life leaders said they do not believe it is coincidental that most Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located in or near minority communities and pointed to Sanger’s beliefs as evidence.
Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood in New York in 1916, was a well-known eugenicist who believed certain groups of human beings were “weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “morons” who should not have children.
Pro-life leaders hope the new billboards will raise awareness about the discrimination inherent in the abortion industry.
“We are working together to confront the racist past and present of Planned Parenthood and to prevent a racist future in which Black lives are ended through the violence of abortion because of the way in which Planned Parenthood chooses to sell its deadly product,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life.
Catherine Davis of The Restoration Project, which also is involved in the effort, urged lawmakers to take action by defunding the abortion giant.
“Systemic racism and abortion intersect at Planned Parenthood’s door,” she said.
Planned Parenthood aborted more than 345,000 unborn babies last year while receiving more than a half a billion tax dollars. This summer, hundreds of its own employees accused the abortion group of “systemic racism.”