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To Save Black Lives, Defund Planned Parenthood

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The Democratic National Convention didn’t have quite the same sparkle on the small screen, but the themes of this election were clear, including calls to join in the social change urged by Black Lives Matter advocates. There is a big difference between the political organization with that name, which others have well documented, and the principle at stake. As a nation, we should pay attention to things that harm our fellow citizens and work to address those issue. But if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris we’re truly interested in tackling systemic racism, they would defund Planned Parenthood.


As Planned Parenthood’s own employees acknowledge the nation’s number one abortion vendor was founded by a racist and eugenics zealot who described people that she did not value as “human weeds.” But Planned Parenthood doesn’t just have a racist past, they have a racist present in a business model that targets people of color. 

Since Roe v. Wade was forced on the nation in 1973, abortion has killed an estimated 20 million black babies — more than the entire black population of 1960. In fact, though they are only 13% of the female population, African Americans made up 38% of all abortions tracked in 2016. 

These are not “pro-life” statistics. Planned Parenthood knows it too. The abortion industry think tank established by Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher Institute, notes that “the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.” Maybe that isbecause4 out of 5Planned Parenthood vendors are within walking distance of minority-dense neighborhoods, according to aSupreme Court amicus brief.

If any other business worked to end black lives, they would be shut down, prosecuted and despised. Sounds like the plan we need for Planned Parenthood. 


In my home state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of murder after a woman died in his “house of horrors.”

But the jars of infant bodies, the murders of infants born alive during abortions, and the scandalously bad treatment women received didn’t come to light because officials were checking on abortion businesses. The Drug Enforcement Administration raided his offices to investigate the number of drugs prescriptions he was writing, an average of 1,900 a month

How tragic is it that women suffered and even died in a bloody room, without proper care or comfort, because abortion vendors were permitted to operate in the shadows, hiding behind talking points about the Constitution and expensive public relations campaigns. 

While I’m glad that the death of Karnamaya Mongar got some mainstream media attention, what troubles me is how a predatory abortion industry operates with so little oversight or regulation, and without even reporting on the horrors and complications women suffer behind closed doors. No national Abortion Reporting law exists making it impossible to claim that abortion is safer than childbirth. Births are tracked, but the data we have on abortion comes from what abortionists voluntarily tell us.  


Still, what we know is disturbing, as people of color too often are sold the lie that they cannot succeed in our society unless they get rid of their children. Equally troublesome is how intertwined American taxpayer are with this business that deals in death and despair. 

There are other abortion vendor chains operating, but consider that Planned Parenthood took in $616.8 million in government monies, according to their most recent annual report. Their billion-dollar budget allows Planned Parenthood the room to end the lives of more than 345,000 in one year – record for them. What a tragedy. 

Senator Kamala Harris has pledged to get even more taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. She and former Vice President Joe Biden want to get rid of Hyde Protections, which would result in full federal funding of many abortions. And Harris has promised to use the Justice Department as a tool for blocking any pro-life laws that states might want to pass to protect women and their preborn children. 

More abortion is not the answer to America’s issues. We need to work together to empower people to achieve their own American dream. We need to eliminate the suffering, not end preborn life with platitudes about making sure they don’t suffer later.


In a speech at Mt. Rushmore this July, President Trump observed: “We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion, and creed. Every child, of every color — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of God.”

That is the kind of hope we need to build future for women and their children – born and preborn. 

Kristan Hawkins is a Catholics for Trump Coalition Advisory Board Member.

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