Dr. Alveda King is among a group of prolife black leaders demanding an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood citing what she calls Planned Parenthood's "racist agenda." Here's what she said:
Planned Parenthood is definitely a racist organization — they have a racist agenda. 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.
She went on to say:
There are more Planned Parenthood clinics in black neighborhoods, because there is an artificial demand, which was created by Planned Parenthood. We were told by Planned Parenthood that abortion, which is actually murder, is therapeutic.
Stemming from the investigation of an incident where a UCLA publication successfully donated money to Planned Parenthood to be earmarked for black abortions, last month the National Black Pro-Life Union (which includes King for America and is led by King) sent letters to organizations including the NAACP, the ACLU, and members of Congress calling for termination of federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The government funding currently exceeds $300 million a year.
The issue could be personal for King as well. To see how,
. King said she was partially motivated to join the campaign to terminate federal funding after being coaxed into getting an abortion in the early 1970s by a Planned Parenthood office that told her that her baby was "just a blob" of tissue.
Her comments are certainly thought provoking. Do you think her sentiments are accurate? Is there a racial bias in Planned Parenthood? Is it "black genocide?" Do these words strike a greater chord coming from a King? Are you most surprised that the federal government funds it to the degree that they do? Do you think it should be given more money or cut off altogether?