About 60 black conservative activists and pastors descended on Capitol Hill this morning urging all political candidates running for public office not to accept campaign funding from Planned Parenthood. They angrily denounced the nation's largest abortion provider for performing so many of these procedures on black women.
Alveda King, who is a niece to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, has had two abortions performed on her. She received one at a Planned Parenthood clinic. She had this to say at the demonstration: ''Planned
Parenthood is a lying, racist organization.''
Conservative black pastor Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson was present at the rally as well. He condemned Planned Parenthood for killing black children.
Planned Parenthood announced in January that it would contribute $10 million to pro-choice candidates through its Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
The passionate and angry demonstrators hoisted signs saying that ''abortion is not a family value'' and they also ripped up symbolic $10 million checks made out to ''pro-abortion candidates.''
Day Gardner, who is the president of the National Black Prolife Union, tried to focus his comment on children rather than abortion being a political issue: ''We
are here to urge Democratic candidates that donations from Planned Parenthood are racist to the very core. I'm sick of hearing that this is a Republican issue. For children killed or maimed by abortion, it's a life-and-death issue.''
Other speakers called on presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama to stop abortion. They also targeted the Congressional Black Caucus and the GOP. Bishop Harry Jackson, who is the pastor of the Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD is a registered Democrat and urged the Republican Party to not only talk the talk on abortion but walk the walk too.
The group of 60 or so people protested at the sites of the Democratic and Republican National Committee buildings in Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood received $336.7 million last year through grants and contracts which include the Title X family planning funds.
Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana has sponsored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which would completely defund Planned Parenthood. It has been in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce since November 09, 2007 and hasn't received any traction due to a lack of co-sponsor's from both sides of the political aisle.
House Republicans tried and failed last summer to attach a similar piece of legislation to an appropriations bill and Matt Lloyd, who is a spokesman for Rep. Pence, says that they will try again this summer.