(By Josiah Ryan, April 17, 2008, CNSNews.com) – The niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is among a group of pro-life black leaders calling for an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood because of what she calls Planned Parenthood’s “racist agenda.”
“Planned Parenthood is definitely a racist organization – they have a racist agenda,” Dr. Alveda King told Cybercast News Service. “Since 1970, there has been something like 50 million abortions. About 17 million of those have been blacks. It’s black genocide. They are killing our people and fooling us.”
Last year, The Advocate, a student publication at the University of California – Los Angeles, placed phone calls to Planned Parenthood offices around the country offering to make donations specifically to subsidize the abortion of black babies.
The publication then posted videos on YouTube using audio recordings of calls on which Planned Parenthood officials agreed to accept race-targeted donations. Planned Parenthood officials issued an apology, stating it was not their policy to accept race-targeted donations for abortions.
In March, the National Black Pro-Life Union sent letters to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.).
The letters call on these groups and Fattah to support the termination of federal funding of Planned Parenthood, which currently exceeds $300 million a year.
The National Black Pro-Life Union is a coalition of 15 African-American organizations that includes the Coalition of African-American Pastors, High Impact Leadership Coalition, and King for America, which is led by King.
According to the National Black Pro-Life Union, none of the groups contacted, as well as Fattah, have responded to the letters.
King, who is also a pastoral associate for the conservative pro-life group Priests for Life, said she was partially motivated to join the campaign to terminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood because in the early 1970s she was fooled into getting an abortion by a Planned Parenthood office that told her that her baby was “just a blob” of tissue.
“There are more Planned Parenthood clinics in black neighborhoods, because there is an artificial demand, which was created by Planned Parenthood,” King told Cybercast News Service. “We were told by Planned Parenthood that abortion, which is actually murder, is therapeutic.”
The Planned Parenthood Federation did not respond to Cybercast News Service’s multiple requests for comment.
“It’s very difficult for them to understand that we are part of one race – the human race – and racism is just fighting among ourselves,” said King. “Congress needs to defund Planned Parenthood for participating in this agenda right away.”
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1. a) Who is Dr. Alveda King?
b) What does Dr. King say about Planned Parenthood?
2. a) What is the National Black Pro-Life Union?
b) What did the NBPLU call on Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Chaka Fattah to do?
c) How did the groups respond to the NBPLU?
3. a) How much money does Planned Parenthood receive from the federal government each year?
b) Where does this money come from?
4. What is one of the reasons Dr. King was motivated to join the campaign to terminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood?
5. What do you think of the accusation that Planned Parenthood is racist, and of the information provided by The Advocate as described in para. 3-4? Be specific.
–Listen to the phone calls on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LJVPVh5TWo
–Visit the Advocate’s website at laadvocate.com/