Georgia Republican candidate Herschel Walker slammed U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s hypocrisy Friday, saying the Democrat politician claims “Black lives matter” while refusing to protect black babies from abortion.
Walker, a pro-life Republican, is running against Warnock, a pro-abortion Democrat, for U.S. Senate in November. The Georgia election is one of the most closely-watched races this fall and could determine which party controls the Senate in 2023.
During a debate Friday, Walker called out his Democrat opponent for supporting the No. 1 killer of black lives in America: abortion.
“He told me Black lives matter,” Walker said in a video from RNC Research. “In Atlanta, Georgia, there are more Black babies that are aborted than anything.
“So, if Black lives matter, why are you not protecting those babies? Instead of aborting those babies, why are you not baptizing those babies?” Walker continued, referring to Warnock’s role as a pastor.
Both candidates are African American, and Walker’s comments referred to how abortions devastate the black community.
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While abortions hurt families of every race and color, black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. 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. In New York City, health statistics show that more unborn black babies are aborted in the city than are born most years.
An estimated 20 million unborn African American babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Others also have urged Warnock to stop advocating for the killing of unborn babies in abortions. In 2020, a group of pastors sent a letter urging the Democrat candidate to recognize that unborn babies are “sacred human persons” who deserve protections under the law.
“Unborn Black, Brown and White lives are so much more than clumps of cells, burdensome inconveniences, or health problems,” they wrote. “They are sacred human persons endowed by God with inalienable dignity and worth. We implore you to uphold the Biblical defense of life and to fight against the systemic racism of abortion.”
Warnock, a self-proclaimed “pro-choice pastor,” recently voted for legislation that would force states to allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions. He has a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record, according to NRLC.
In contrast, Walker said he is “a proud pro-life Christian” who “will always stand up for our unborn children.” The Republican candidate said he believes children conceived in horrible circumstances still have worth and potential.
“You never know what a child is going to become,” Walker said. “And I’ve seen some people, they’ve had some tough times, but I always said, ‘No matter what, tough times make tough people.’”
A former standout running back at the University of Georgia who captured the Heisman Trophy in 1982, he has criticized Warnock and the “radical left,” saying Democrats put “maniacs” in charge, and the election was about saving the country from a group that “don’t even like you.”