Activists Plan March to Highlight Higher Abortion Rates in Black Community

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - To highlight the higher abortion rates among African-Americans, conservative activist Star Parker will be leading a group of black clergy and laypersons on a civil rights march to Washington, which will begin Friday October 8th in Newark, New Jersey and finish Monday, October 11th at the US Supreme Court.

Parker, who spoke at the 1996 Republican National Convention and regularly appears on television and radio lecturing on welfare reform and free enterprise, is president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). She said that the rest of the nation largely ignores the high abortion rate among African-Americans, and she hopes that the march will humanize the plight of the unborn.

A spokesman for the Say So March, from "if you love the children, say so," told that the march will have 1,452 participants to represent the estimated 1,452 black children aborted in the United States every day.

"Blacks total 11 percent of the U.S. population, yet they comprise 33 percent of abortions," said Damon Owens. "This event draws attention to this genocidal action in the black community."

"The significance of the march is that we are going to give a human face to the babies, who are being totally slaughtered while America turns a blind eye or a deaf ear," said Parker in a statement sent to

The march is being co-organized by the Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), which describes itself as "the largest, African-American, pro-life ministry in the United States."

After leaving Newark, the march will make stops in Lawnside, N.J., Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Baltimore, MD before arriving in Washington, said Owens.