Shouldn't we stand with them?

Group of black activists speak with uncommon clarity on abortion

How many targeted killings of children would it take before it’d become national news? Before there would be protests and condemnations? Before there would be demands for official action?

Not too many, as you can imagine.

And yet, abortion is a plague in black America that hardly anyone will talk about.

The aftermath of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s grisly infanticide case is an apt time to bring it up.

We stand with the group of black pastors and columnist Star Parker who recently spoke out at a national press conference against the abortion industry’s unusual presence in minority communities and its often unregulated practices.

Pastor Stephen Broden, founder of Fair Park Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, said the government is slow to regulate the abortion industry “because they operate primarily in the black community and among poor people. As many as 75 percent of these clinics are located in our community.”

A Chicago Sun-Times story reported that while blacks comprise “13 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 36.5 percent of abortions.”

The Rev. Ceasar LeFlore of Chicago decried a “government that continues to turn a blind eye and exhibits a mind-boggling indifference to the brutal, unrestrained and unregulated barbaric practices” of the abortion industry.

Government officials in the past have called for abortion to be safe, rare and legal. The only one of those three goals that has been achieved, LeFlore said, is “legal.”

The group maintains that there are other Gosnells out there, and that women are dying as a result. They noted the case of one in Chicago named Tonya Reaves, an engaged woman who died after an abortion last July.

Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, was recently convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in botched abortions. A patient also was among those who died. His clinic had gone uninspected for years. It’s likely such neglect of abortion clinics isn’t rare. Liberals have made such clinics sacrosanct.

LeFlore said Illinois law doesn’t require inspections by the state department of public health.

“This lack of oversight is unconscionable,” LeFlore argued.

Broden lamented that some have “convinced our women that the only answer to unintended pregnancies is to murder their babies and to depopulate our community.”

“Shut down these houses of horror now,” he demanded.

At the very least, federal and state officials should put the highest priority on cracking down on unsafe abortion clinics. Is anyone even keeping track of the numbers of women who die in them?

But whereas the Sandy Hook slaughter grabbed national headlines and sustained debate, the Gosnell case was painfully slow to grab attention and quickly disappeared from the news.

Where is the enduring outrage over what happened in Philadelphia? Where is the national will to protect women from unsafe abortions? Democrats concocted a phony-baloney “war on women” in last year’s election campaign because free contraceptives weren’t available enough. Well, here’s a case in which women are actually dying. Where’s the chatter about that?

We stand with the black pastors who joined Star Parker to call on the nation to pay attention to this outrage and to protect women and children.

They may be being ignored in the media. But they couldn’t be more right.

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