Black Church Leaders Protest Opening of New Planned Parenthood in Charlotte, North Carolina

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African-American first ladies and church leaders in Charlotte protested the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Charlotte Monday, shouting that the nation’s largest abortion provider is not welcome in the city.

“When I heard about how Planned Parenthood is trying to take up shop here in this city, I had to come and help you expose Planned Parenthood for who and what they really are,” Pamela Wooden, the first lady and director of women’s ministry at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Charlotte, said during the protest.

“Planned Parenthood is a genocidal organization that targets black women and profits from lying and killing innocent children.”

Wooden was among dozens of black women who participated in a public press conference that was organized by the pro-life arm of the Church of God in Christ and the pro-life research group Douglass Leadership Institute. The new full-service abortion clinic is set to open up in Charlotte’s Cherry Hill neighborhood next month.

Activists have warned that the new clinic will allow Planned Parenthood to perform abortions in Charlotte for the first time in decades.

Many African-American church leaders have argued over the years that Planned Parenthood was founded to “exterminate” the black population and have noted that its founder, Margaret Sanger, promoted eugenics.

Minister Marilyn Gool, the first lady and a minister of the multicampus megachurch Victory Christian Center, agreed and said that the African-American community across the nation, as well as in Charlotte, is facing “a silent genocide” at the hands of the abortion industry.

“It is the American Holocaust,” she said. “Just as the Jewish Holocaust began be devaluing the Jews and making them less than human, the same thing has happened in the abortion industry.

“Black people have to rise up. This has to be the beginning of a black movement to stand up and say it’s enough.”

Across the nation, black women comprise over 30 percent of the 1 million abortions in the U.S. per year. DLI contends that black women account for 53.7 percent of the abortions that take place in Mecklenburg County.

“We only make up 13 percent of the United States, but 54 percent, that is ridiculous,” Sharon Stevens of City Church in nearby Huntersville said. “It starts with you being a voice and speaking out and saying there is a better way.”

Gool stressed that the solution to the problem of unplanned pregnancy in the African-American community is not to “murder our babies.”

“When we start to devalue life in the womb, then we start to devalue life afterward,” she explained. “We can’t teach black men to stop killing black men if we teach them it is OK to kill them before they’re born.”

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Source: Christian Post