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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life congressman is under fire after he called out black colleagues for what he said was abandonment of unborn children.

“My liberal friends, Congressional Black Caucus members, talk about fighting for the defenseless, the hopeless, and the downtrodden,” Rep. Sean Duffy, R-WI, said last week on the House floor. “There is no one more hopeless and voiceless than an unborn baby, but their silence is deafening. I can't hear them. Where are they standing up for their communities, advocating and fighting for their right to life?”

A member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Democratic Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore, immediately assailed Duffy, and the two went back and forth on the floor of Congress's lower chamber.

The dispute did not end there. CBC Chairman G.K. Butterfield, D-NC, said his group might attempt to formally condemn Duffy's remarks, which Butterfield called “disgusting.”

Moore was likewise incensed. “How dare this man stand out and lecture us and to call us out. He said CBC members. That was personal,” she told Politico. “He did make it personal.”

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Duffy didn't back down in comments earlier this week. “I think this is a time they could come together and get numbers back in line versus coming after me. What might be a personal attack is when someone goes to the floor and mentions a members name and calls them racist. That might be a personal attack,” he said.

If the CBC moves forward with the resolution, it will have to be approved by the majority GOP – an unlikely end point for the push.

In statements, several pro-life leaders spoke out to defend Duffy. Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said they “commend Congressman Sean Duffy for pointing out the obvious – namely, that far too many African-American leaders are ignoring the devastating impact abortion is having on black lives. Death by forceps or bullets is death all the same.”

Likewise, Live Action founder Lila Rose said, “The disproportionately high numbers of abortions and abortion clinics in minority communities clearly support Rep. Duffy's statement that abortionists target black communities. Live Action's undercover video investigations have caught Planned Parenthood on multiple occasions all too willing to accept donations specifically given to abort African American children.

“Rather than shoot the messenger, the Congressional Black Caucus should welcome Rep. Duffy as an ally in helping to stop this travesty against African-American children and all children.”

More than one third of abortions in America were done to black babies from 2007 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control – nearly three times the population ratio of blacks in America.