A Republican congressman will join a group of black pastors and pro-life activists in a demonstration at Planned Parenthood offices in the nation’s capital to protest an alleged pattern of racist practices by the abortion provider.
The protesters, mobilized by the group Students for Life, are demanding Congress stop funding Planned Parenthood, which received more than $336 million in government grants and contracts in the most recent fiscal year, according to the organization’s annual report.
A vigil, including Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, will begin at 10 a.m. at Planned Parenthood offices at 1108 16th Street in Washington, following by a press conference at 11 a.m.
The protesters will present documentation of an undercover investigation, reported by WND, in which a pro-life student magazine at UCLA found Planned Parenthood staffers in seven states were willing to accept a financial donation targeting the destruction of an unborn black baby.
Other participants in the demonstration include WND columnist Star Parker; Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.; Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union; Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, B.O.N.D.; Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life; Rev. Clenard Childress, Black Genocide; Vivan Berryhill, National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses; Catherine Davis, Network of Politically Active Christians; Luke Robinson, Voice of Truth and Life Ministries; Sylinthia Stewart, Aftermath Ministries; and Arnold Culbreath, Life Issues Institute/ProtectingBlackLife.org.
The protesters are sending a letter to the major presidential candidates, Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee, Democratic and Republican senatorial campaign committees and the Congressional Black Caucus.
The investigation included a conversation between an actor wanting to make a donation and a woman identified as Autumn Kersey, vice president of marketing for Planned Parenthood of Idaho.
Actor: I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group, would that be possible?
Planned Parenthood: Absolutely.
Actor: Like the black community for example?
Planned Parenthood: Certainly.
Actor: The abortion – I can give money specifically for a black baby, that would be the purpose?
Planned Parenthood: Absolutely. If you wanted to designate that your gift be used to help an African-American woman in need, then we would certainly make sure that the gift was earmarked for that purpose.
Actor: Great, because I really faced trouble with affirmative action, and I don’t want my kids to be disadvantaged against black kids. I just had a baby; I want to put it in his name.
Planned Parenthood: Yes, absolutely.
Actor: And we don’t, you know we just think, the less black kids out there the better.
Planned Parenthood: (Laughs) Understandable, understandable.
Actor: Right. I want to protect my son, so he can get into college.
Planned Parenthood: All right. Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I’ve had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I’m excited, and want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.
Hear conversations with Planned Parenthood staffers
The investigation included calls to Planned Parenthood in Idaho and half a dozen other states
WND reportedanother investigation in which 18-year-old Lila Rose posed as a 15-year-old seeking an abortion at a Planned Parenthood center in Santa Monica, Calif. She was equipped with a hidden camera when she met with an employee to discuss her options.
When the actor revealed she was 15 and her boyfriend was 23, the employee informed her Planned Parenthood was legally required to report the statutory rape, a transcript of the conversation shows.
But the Planned Parenthood staffer then suggested she could say she was 16 and avoid complications.
“Well, just figure out a birth date that works. And I don’t know anything,” the staffer said.
The Texas-based pro-life group Life Dynamics previously conducted an extensive undercover project in which an adult volunteer posing as a 13-year-old called every Planned Parenthood clinic in the U.S., saying she was pregnant by a 22-year-old boyfriend. Almost without exception, the clinics advised her to obtain an abortion without her parents’ knowledge and told her how to protect her boyfriend, who would be guilty in any state of statutory rape.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger supported eugenics through birth control to cull people she considered unfit from the population. In 1921, she said eugenics is “the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”
At one point, Sanger lamented “the ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.” Another time, Sanger wrote, “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
Bryan Fisher, executive director of Idaho Values Alliance, previously noted to WND that Planned Parenthood has located nearly 80 percent of its clinics nationwide in minority neighborhoods. About one-third of all abortions are performed on blacks, he said, even though they make up only 13 percent of the population.
Nationwide, almost half of all black pregnancies end in abortion.