WASHINGTON – Pro-life activist Star Parker believes the Democratic congressman who berated her before a congressional hearing, accusing her of being “ignorant” and “unable” to deal with Congress, became outraged and impugned her because she exposed the Democratic Party’s oppression of “the most distressed” communities.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., charged Wednesday that Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and a nationally syndicated columnist, “shows ignorance” and “has an inability to deal with Congress people,” when she explained that abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community.
The Heartbeat Protection Act, H.R. 490, a Republican proposed measure, would give legal protection to unborn babies once their heartbeat is detected.
During the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee hearing on the Constitution and Civil Justice for H.R. 490, Parker said social issues of low-income women should not be conflated with abortion.
“When it comes to mixing the abortion issue with the challenges that we face in many of our hard-hit communities, I feel it disingenuous that the issues of Medicaid would come up and other opportunities for us to readdress what has happened and broken down in our most distressed zip codes, the way that Planned Parenthood specifically targets these particular zip codes with abortion,” Parker said. “Abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community today. Since Roe v. Wade was legalized, 20 million humans have been killed inside of the womb of black women and then on Halloween, Planned Parenthood tweets out that black women are safest if they abort their child rather than bring it to term.”
Black Americans are enticed by abortion giants to undergo abortions to reduce the black population, Parker contended. That was one of the goals admitted by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, she said.
“To the gentleman from Texas who brought up Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, I think that is important that we put in [the] record that the needs of those that are most vulnerable in society cannot be addressed with abortion, Parker said.
“Abortion feeds a narrative that women are victims, that they have no control over their sexual impulses. And the result of this narrative being forced down into our hardest-hit communities – we are seeing now recklessness in sexual activity and marriage has collapsed. In the ’50s, 70 percent of black adults were married. Today, that number is 30 percent. This is causing a lot more social pathologies that have to be addressed in different types of legislation – not the Heartbeat Bill. The Heartbeat Bill is to protect the innocent.”
Cohen became visibly angered and, pounding his finger on the table, scolded Parker.
“I am not disingenuous about anything I say about Medicaid, Medicare … or SNAP programs,” he yelled. “To suggest that I’m disingenuous shows your ignorance or your absolute inability to deal with Congress people the way they should. I believe in those issues, and I think that they’re proper and to say I’m disingenuous is wrong and I expect an apology.”
Wait a minute, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said.
“I would ask for an apology from the gentleman from Tennessee (for) calling our witness ignorant when it seems to me she has a whole lot more knowledge and wisdom than …”
“She’s ignorant about me,” Cohen angrily interjected.
Subcommittee chairman Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, then ended the hearing due to what he observed was a “lack of civility before this committee.”
Cohen did not return WND’s request for comment.
Parker told WND that Cohen was incensed by her testimony because he, like other progressive Democratic leaders, is intent on keeping the most vulnerable communities ignorant, secularized and dependent on government.
The Tennessee Democrat was outraged during her testimony, Parker said, because “his liberalism was exposed.”
“The tactics of the left have long been to bait and switch – anytime you address any urban issue, they switch to the welfare state. He wanted to do that and I didn’t let him, therefore, he became very angry,” Parker told WND Friday.
Cohen and the left address the issue of abortion by diverting attention to social programs because they are intent on keeping Americans, particularly blacks, on welfare, she charged.
“The modus operandi of the left is two-fold: secularism and big government. In order for those strategies to work – for statism or communism or socialism, whatever you want to call it in modern day – you have to keep the people very ignorant and very dependent.”
As Parker noted during the congressional hearing, Planned Parenthood was founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger.
In her book “Pivot of Civilization,” Sanger implied many impoverished blacks “should never have been born.”
“Everywhere we see poverty and large families going hand in hand. Those least fit to carry on the race are increasing most rapidly. People who cannot support their own offspring are encouraged by church and state to produce large families,” Sanger wrote. “Many of the children thus begotten are diseased or feeble minded; many become criminals. The burden of supporting these unwanted types has to be borne by the healthy elements of the nation. Funds that should be used to raise the standard of our civilization are diverted to the maintenance of those who should never have been born.”
Planned Parenthood, which now is allocated more than $500 million in taxpayer funding annually, performs more than 300,000 abortions per year in the United States,
Seventy-nine percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion clinics are located within walking distance of black or Hispanic neighborhoods, according to the 2010 census.
Parker also explained during her testimony that Sanger’s organization embraced its eugenic roots when the Planned Parenthood Action Fund tweeted on Halloween, “If you’re a Black woman in America, it’s statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth #ScaryStats.”
Doubling down in her renunciation of the abortion giant, Parker argued that Planned Parenthood is still rampantly practicing eugenics but has merely subdued its marketing strategy.
“I believe, strongly, that Planned Parenthood has not changed its mission. Most organizations don’t change their original mission, they just find different ways to market their mission and different tactics to implement their mission,” she said. “The mission statement of Planned Parenthood hasn’t changed – it’s exactly in their name – Parenthood Planned: they believe in controlling birth.
“They particularly believe in controlling the birth of those that they deem less responsible, less able and they have not changed that. They just changed the faces of their leadership and some of their methods of disseminating the information, nothing else has changed.”
Parker blasted Democratic leadership for not only advocating for abortion but ardently supporting late-term and partial birth abortion, and called on constituents of the most distressed zip codes to replace their representatives.
“Replace them. I spoke with the clergy in their communities, so that they know that Hillary Clinton supports partial birth abortions, so that they recognize what many of the Democrat leaders are now saying, including all of the Congressional Black Caucus members,” she said.
“When they get that information, they begin to change their minds about who they elect. Secularism and big government are tremendously hurting our most at-risk and vulnerable, and therefore they need to be replaced by people who believe in traditions and a limited role of government.”
The GOP is to blame for the majority of black Americans being dependent on welfare and loyal to the Democratic Party, Parker added.
“Lies have to be confronted with truth. The alternative party, the conservatives, have spent very, very limited resources and time giving the truth to these hard-hit communities. It’s very easy to believe a lie until you are told the truth,” she said. “If the conservative right ever spent even a little bit of energy and resources to get the messaging of how conservative principles will impact best those that have the least, and strengthen the third of blacks that agree with us, it would be much easier to get the other two thirds.
“The beginning is to start with the low hanging fruit,” she continued. “There are 10 million black people in this country who say that they are on the center right, I would start with them. Two million voted for Donald Trump – I would get more information to them so that they can double their numbers.”