M. Catharine Evans - February 28, 2011
Reverend Al Sharpton called a press conference this past week to denounce an anti-abortion billboard overlooking New York City’s Soho district. The sign depicting a young black girl read “The Most Dangerous Place for an African-American is in the Womb.” Sharpton’s spokesman characterized the message as “classic racial profiling.”
The pro-life non-profits responsible for the billboard positioned it in close proximity to three Planned Parenthood facilities who reported performing 17,000 abortions between them for the year 2010.
Sharpton’s charge of racial profiling prompted Lifealways to remove the sign before the Friday press conference. The fact that for every 1000 African-American births there are 1,489 aborted black babies in New York City did not convince the Reverend that something is going on in his community besides racism.
There’s an old African proverb that states “if you want to know the end, look at the beginning.” The adage is good advice for African-Americans like Sharpton who still defend Planned Parenthood. The billion dollar international organization has never been a friend to people of color, so it’s devastating that civil rights activists as well as the first black president would not do their homework. When confronted with pro-life activist Lila Rose’s undercover videos of PP personnel condoning underage sex trafficking, Obama stated that “in the past they did good work.”