WASHINGTON — African-Americans make up just under 13 percent of
the U.S. population, but "they represent over 30 percent of all
abortions," said Alveda King, an evangelist and director of Civil Rights
for the Unborn.
King, who is the niece of slain civil rights leader the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr., was one of several African-American leaders and other
pro-life advocates from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern
Virginia who held a prayer rally Dec. 3 outside Planned Parenthood's new
facility in Washington.
The nearly $20-million, 27,000-square-foot facility, which opened
in September, also is administrative headquarters for Planned Parenthood of
Metropolitan Washington. It is located in a semi-industrial area in the city's
"Planned Parenthood has built a profitable enterprise
largely on aborting black babies," said King, who is director of Priests
for Life's African-American outreach, recently renamed Civil Rights for the
Unborn. "This is even more troubling when you consider that they
receive over half a billion dollars a year from the federal government."
The rally's organizers noted that Planned Parenthood, founded by
Margaret Sanger, celebrated its 100th anniversary Oct. 16, which led to the
rally-goers uniting under the banner "100 No More."
A new release announcing the prayer rally said that Sanger's
focus on African-Americans through what she called "The Negro
Project," an effort she said was aimed at helping blacks gain better
access to birth control services, has given rise to "an abortion culture
that targets African-Americans."
"In 100 years, Planned Parenthood has aborted over 7 million
babies," said the Rev. Nathaniel Thomas, senior pastor of Forestville New
Redeemer Baptist Church in District Heights, Maryland. "One out of every
three of those babies happens to be black. Enough is enough. We are going to
pray for mothers and fathers and the unborn babies. We are also going to pray
for the Planned Parenthood staff that they see the value of every life,
especially the life of the unborn."