Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 1, 2020 / 09:15 am
A coalition of Black leaders is calling out Planned Parenthood for "targeting" Black communities for abortions while professing to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a letter to Planned Parenthood's acting president Alexis McGill-Johnson on Tuesday, more than 100 Black elected officials, pastors, and attorneys demanded that she "confront the systemic racism of America's abortion practices" and renounce the organization's founder Margaret Sanger for racist writings.
"This effort demonstrates the outrage among the Black community that we have been strategically and consistently targeted by the abortion industry ever since the practice was legalized almost 50 years ago," said Human Coalition Action executive director Rev. Dean Nelson, whose organization coordinated the letter.
The letter noted that 36% of abortions in the U.S. are performed on Black women, who represent only 13% of the country's female population.