This weekend, we spent a lot of time thinking about the past.

In part that’s because Deborah’s birthday was this weekend. (And thanks to everyone who passed along their good wishes and prayers.) It’s hard not to get a little reflective when a birthday rolls around, even if you’re only thinking about birthdays past and your goals in the coming year.

But I also listened to a fantastic interview with Elizabeth Parker, a pro-life activist at Mississippi Valley State University. Ms. Parker talks to black students about the racist history of Planned Parenthood – how Margaret Sanger, its founder, was an unapologetic eugenicist who wanted to cull “undesirables” (including African Americans). There are stories about representatives of Planned Parenthood coercing young black women into getting sterilized, sometimes by threatening to take away their food stamps and manipulating her family.

It’s an ugly history. And one that Planned Parenthood has successfully covered up. They’re helped by a friendly media that applies a terrible double standard when it comes to reporting the truth on abortion. Not only do they cover up and deny the psychological and physical harm that abortion can cause women, they hide the fact that abortion providers specifically target black women and black neighborhoods. As Ms. Parker points out:

“Most Planned Parenthoods across the country aren’t found in well-to-do neighborhoods. You’re going to find them in run-down urban areas where people are struggling How have you helped them? After they’ve had abortions, how have you helped them? How is that helping them? Are they any better off? Have you helped them with their poverty issues? Are you helping finish school or medically?Are you helping them or just taking their money and killing their children? And the answer is yes, they’re taking their money and killing their children. The help that allegedly comes that they say they’re providing is not being provided.”That’s one more myth that the media puts out there: that Planned Parenthood is there to help women get mammograms and check ups. That’s not what they do. Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms. They provide abortions.

And we are letting this organization set up shop in our communities and kill our children. We willingly give them money to destroy our people. As Parker says:
“It’s almost like a new deception. I don’t know if you’ve heard the phrase, ‘Lynching is for amateurs,’ and it almost feels like they found a new way to begin to lynch us, and I know that sounds pretty harsh, but it’s the truth. So they don’t have to hold the noose anymore, they have fooled the minority community into literally taking the use and almost using it on themselves by walking into that clinic and paying for these procedures, these abortions.” 

It’s all the more painful to think about when I ponder the fact that Deborah and I adopted two children from birth – and that there are families out there, ready and willing to take every child. There is no such thing as an unwanted child.

Parker called the fight against abortion the continuation of the Civil Rights Movement, and I couldn’t agree more. As a veteran of the original movement of the ’50s and ’60s, it’s hard for me not to get emotional about it. The right to life is the most fundamental right there is. But somehow, we have reached the point where our society routinely denies that right to the most vulnerable among us. 

Will you help us continue this civil right movement?

CAAP is still out there, telling uncomfortable truths and educating others on the racist history of Planned Parenthood. But we need your support. Your donation of $50, $150 or $200 will help us continue this vital ministry.

If you’re interested in seeing Planned Parenthood exposed, don’t forget to see Unplanned, the movie (and true story) about a Planned Parenthood director who saw the truth of what they were doing and became a pro-life activist. The movie is coming out March 29 – find out about showtimes and tickets on their website.

As long as children can be killed in the womb, as long as Christians have to fight for their freedom to worship and express their faith, CAAP will be there, fighting for civil rights. It’s true. The Civil Rights Movement is still going, and it’s as important as ever.