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African-American women back Kentucky’s lawsuit against Planned Parenthood

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, February 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Sisters for Life, a pro-life organization of African-American women, announced support for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's lawsuit against Planned Parenthood because, they say, the abortion giant is racist.

Gov. Bevin announced that his state is suing Planned Parenthood for violating state law by performing abortions without a license in Louisville.

Sisters for Life President Angela Minter explained at a press conference, "Having abortions in our community and making it easily accessible, undermines our community, and it undermines the morals of our community."

Speaking about Planned Parenthood, Minter said, "They're parading themselves as an instrument of good, but they are nothing more than a harbinger of death and a destroyer of life. They are a destroyer of morals and community."

Sisters for Life is dedicated to taking "holistic approach to advocating for preborn babies[.] ... We believe God has a good plan and purpose for every life and family," the organization's website explains. The group claims to have saved over 575 "babies, moms, dads, and families."

African-American Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) recently wrote an editorial in the Washington Post claiming that Planned Parenthood does not target blacks. She called data showing that the abortion industry targets black communities "a lie" and "a massive disinformation campaign."

Moore cited the Alan Guttmacher Institute's claims that less than one in ten abortion facilities are in black neighborhoods, calling the Planned Parenthood-founded and still Planned Parenthood-funded Guttmacher Institute "an independent reproductive health research organization."

Moore criticized pro-life lawmakers and said abortion access "lift[s] women and children of color out of poverty." 

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However, a statistical analysis in 2011 found that most Planned Parenthoods are, indeed, located in areas that have disproportionately high numbers of minority residents.

In 2011, Life Dynamics president Mark Crutcher refuted the Guttmacher-Planned Parenthood statistics.  "The research in AGI's report had been manipulated to yield pre-determined results," he said, explaining that Planned Parenthood facilities that commit fewer than 400 abortions per year were excluded.

Crutcher's team studied every ZIP code with an abortion facility and demonstrated that a majority of the nation's abortion businesses do, in fact, operate in minority neighborhoods. Of the 116 ZIP codes with more than one abortion business, 84 were in black or Hispanic neighborhoods.

African-American pastor Walter B. Hoye II, founder of the Issues4Life Foundation, told LifeSiteNews that "black America" has a mindset that prefers abortion to adoption for crisis pregnancies.

"One day," Hoye said, "I was standing on a public sidewalk outside of an abortion clinic in Oakland, holding a sign that said: 'God Loves You, And Your Baby. Let Us Help You!' when a black couple drove up. The young woman read my sign, sadly put her head down, and slowly walked into the abortion clinic. It appeared to me that she didn't want to take the life of her child. My heart broke, and I said quietly to myself, We're praying for you. The man, however, didn't want to go in with the young woman and simply stood outside the car. So we talked."

Pastor Hoye explained that that black man's mindset is indicative of the black community. "I asked if he knew abortion would take the life of his little boy or his little girl. He said yes. I asked him, if he did not want the child, would he consider adoption? Without any hesitation, he calmly and coolly said no, because adoption was heartless. He said, there was no way 'as a man' he would ever allow his child to be put up for adoption. Then he said abortion was different."

Rev. Hoye continued, "I stood there stunned. My mind was racing. How could his 'manhood' stand in the way of partnering with God, Who, completely understanding the circumstances surrounding the divine conception of his child, chose to give life to his child? Again and again I asked myself, how could his 'manhood' stand in the way of promoting the life of his son or daughter by putting him or her up for adoption, and the same 'manhood' not stand in the way of having an abortionist murder his child by dismembering the child limb by limb and selling the body parts for profit?"

Hoye concluded, "This mindset is one of the realities standing in the way of adoption in black America today."

According to Pastor Hoye, black lives do matter, including the smallest and most vulnerable black lives in the womb.

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