Group claims Planned Parenthood targets Blacks
CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff | 10/26/2012, 4:53 p.m.
New research reveals that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African-American and Latino communities. The research was released by the group Protecting Black Life, which believes communities of color are being targeted to have abortions.
As Planned Parenthood celebrates its 96th anniversary, Protecting Black Life is explaining its research by using maps illustrated in full color online. The interactive site gives viewers an up-close and personal look at just how near Planned Parenthood facilities are to Black and Latino neighborhoods.
"Minority communities are the No. 1 targets of Planned Parenthood," said the Rev. Arnold Culbreath, director of Protecting Black Life and a founding member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition. "It's no wonder abortion remains the leading cause of death among African-Americans, higher than all other causes combined. Getting this information to as many people as possible is not only critical, it's a matter of life and death for countless babies and oftimes even their mothers."
This is not the first time claims have surfaced about Planned Parenthood targeting Blacks. Protecting Black Life said the validity of the research is substantiated by verifiable statistics from 2010 Census data tracts. The group focuses only on Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities within walking distance of minority neighborhoods, rather than looking at a larger geographical area, such as a ZIP code.
Planned Parenthood states that it is committed to helping African-American women. The organization claims that their commitment to the Black community is to reduce racial disparities in reproductive care, including high rates of cancer, STD infections and unintended pregnancy among Black women.
"Planned Parenthood is also committed to advancing the reproductive health and rights of African-American women and men at the local, state and federal levels," said Planned Parenthood. "African-Americans face greater obstacles obtaining sexual and reproductive health services than most other groups of Americans."
A recent analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census by the Life Issues Institute indicates that Black women are three times more likely to get an abortion than white women. More than 16 million African-American unborn babies have died from legalized abortion. Black women received 30 percent of the 1.2 million abortions in 2008, aborting 360,000 unborn Black babies at a rate of nearly 1,000 per day.