In a press conference held on Saturday, Christian Defense Coalition Director Rev. Patrick Mahoney — the anti-abortion activist behind last month’s KKK-invoking rally in front of House Speaker Rep. John Boehner’s office — announced that he is starting a national campaign called “Defund ‘Klanned’ Parenthood.”
A press release circulated by Mahoney last week says the group will also stage a protest outside a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C., and “as part of their public witness against the racist roots of Planned Parenthood, they will cover the entire lawn of Planned Parenthood with white sheets, a longtime symbol of the KKK.”
Pro-choice groups, such as NARAL, have called rhetoric that links race to abortion rates “racist.”
Ironically, Mahoney said in a statement that the anti-abortion movement should work to have Congress defund Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood’s “roots are racist, bigoted and extremist”:
We are launching ‘Defund ‘Klanned’ Parenthood’ to expose the reality that Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, was a racist who supported the agenda of the Ku Klux Klan, spoke at their events and wanted to reduce the number of African-Americans.
Our tax dollars should be given to groups that have embraced human rights, equality and justice for all. They should not be given to organizations founded by racists who embraced the agenda and philosophy of the KKK.
This push among in the anti-abortion movement linking race to abortion rates is seeing a rise in popularity.
Anti-abortion messaging on billboards aimed at the black community, which state that “the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb,” have been seen all over the country and have even made their way to Florida. The movement now includes influential anti-abortion groups, like the Family Research Council.
Just last week, a Florida representative made reference to this movement during debate over the “Parental Notification for Abortion” bill on the house floor. State Rep. John Julien, D-North Miami Beach, urged the legislature to acknowledge that “abortion is a genocide of the unborn.”