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June 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A black pro-life leader called U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s position “silly” after the Democrat recently labeled pro-life advocates as racists whose beliefs are “not acceptable.”

Last week, the pro-abortion Sen. Gillibrand of New York told The Des Moines Register that persons with pro-life views are not suitable for nomination to judgeships.

“I think there's some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable,” said Gillibrand, a Catholic. “Imagine saying that it's OK to appoint a judge who's racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic.”

Gillibrand, 52, is one of the Democrats vying to be nominated as the party’s 2020 presidential candidate. She has vowed that as president she would never appoint a pro-life judge.

A black American, Roland Warren leads Care Net, a faith-based pro-life organization that has 1,110 affiliated pregnancy centers throughout the country. In a Facebook video, Warren responded to Gillibrand’s remarks, saying, “I am not a racist. This is not about race — it's about life. And the sanctity of life knows no color.”

Saying Gillibrand “equated pro-life beliefs with racism,” Warren said, “In other words, if you are someone like me who is pro-life, you are morally equivalent to a racist, with such dangerous, evil, and immoral beliefs that you should not be qualified for public office.”

“Calling me a racist is pretty silly,” Warren said, having attested that as a black American he has black family and friends. Recalling what “real racists actually did,” Warren said racists “dehumanized people who look like me. They enslaved people who look like me. They lynched people who look like me.”

Saying racists have denied the “blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to people who look like him, Warren found Gillibrand’s remarks ironic.

“The irony is that the first and foremost blessing of liberty is life,” Warren said. “Yet, Senator Gillibrand says that people who seek to protect lives who look like me are like racists. … The problems with equating a pro-life worldview with racism do not end there. Racists did not want people who look like me to even exist.”

Citing Centers for Disease Control statistics, Warren said almost half of all pregnancies among black women end in abortion. Since the 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Warren said more than 19 million unborn black babies have been killed by abortion.

“According to Senator Gillibrand's logic, if you're the one against abortion, then you have to change,” said Warren. “If (Gillibrand) had her way, the only judges who would be appointed are the ones who support the ending of lives in the womb of people who look like me. That's supposed to create a better outcome for (the black) community and protect my community?”

Warren said Care Net would continue to speak out for the unborn.

“All human life is precious and sacred. We are worthy of protection inside and outside the womb, and should be given the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of liberty,” he said. “Our passion to defend life is not about denying freedoms, but ensuring them, especially for the most vulnerable.”