A Message from The President

Some slogans get an unfair bad rap. I have in mind one in particular, which is more than a slogan to us of the Pro-Life persuasion but instead a moral principle. All lives matter. We think this holds true for those of us who have downs syndrome, for those of us who are old, for those of us unborn, for those of us of any given race or creed, for those of us of any given age, or for those of us of any range of physical ability. At our core we are all the same and all of our lives matter.

I know the protest to this slogan. That it is an effort to distract from an important other slogan. No problem! I have no intention to quibble. I am happy if anyone takes any wedge of our human community and stresses the importance of life through that lens. Yes, most certainly Black lives matter. And we need to address who has been targeting them, because they have most certainly been targeted and killed at a tragic level. Let’s look at the abortion numbers in the US. Blacks make up 13.4% of the population, but, according to the Center for Disease Control, are estimated to account for 36% of all abortions. Indeed in some places such as New York City, more Blacks are aborted than are born. Since abortion in the US was legalized, it is estimated 20 million Blacks have been killed through this procedure.

Let’s look at who is doing the targeting. 79% of its surgical abortion facilities of Planned Parenthood in the US are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist and architect of the Negro Project. The objective of this project was to limit the black population and in correspondence while planning her initiative she is quoted as saying “We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population”. Sadly this organization has been entirely too effective at ending Black lives. I sincerely hope the new spirit in the air will focus on saving these lives because I know we are all in agreement that these precious Black lives being taken most definitely do matter.

Andrew Thomson

Edmonton Prolife President

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