Rep. West on Black Abortions: ‘We Are Not Even Allowing Our Children and Grandchildren to be Born’

September 21, 2012 - 4:40 PM

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Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) headed a coalition of black pro-life activists who talked about the threat abortion poses to the black community on Sept. 21, 2012 on Capitol Hill. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) introduced a coalition of black pro-life advocates on Capitol Hill on Friday by saying that abortion threatens the future of the black Americans.

“Today, we’re talking about the future,” West said. “It’s not just the $16 trillion in debt that we’re about to put on our children and grandchildren. It’s the fact that we’re not even allowing our children and grandchildren to be born.”

Catherine Davis, president of The Restoration Project, said the Centers for Disease Control statistics show that while blacks represent about 13 percent of the U.S. population, 35 percent of abortions are performed on black women.

“There is one organization whose mission is one of population control that greatly influences this disproportionate rate – that’s Planned Parenthood,” said Davis who, along with the other panelists, called for Congress to stop funding the organization. “They are the largest abortion provider, performing more than 329,000 abortions a year.”

Other speakers included Ryan Bomberger, founder of the Radiance Foundation. Bomberger’s mother was raped but carried the pregnancy to term and gave him up for adoption.

Bomberger’s biography states that, “His life defies the myth of the ‘unwanted’ child as he was adopted, loved and has flourished.”

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Ryan Bomberger is a pro-life activist whose mother was raped but carried the pregnancy to term and gave him up for adoption. Bomberger spoke on Sept. 21, 2012 on Capitol Hill. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

West said that while cutting the federal debt and deficit, limited government, and a strong defense are vital to a strong America, the social pillars are also important.

“We cannot forget our traditional cultural values: the strength of marriage, the strength of family, the protection of the unborn,” West said.

Day Gardner, president of the Black Pro-life Union, and Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, author and pro-life advocate with Priests for Life, also spoke at the event.