A network of anti-choice pastors gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to call for congressional hearings into other abortion doctors they claim have practices as horrifying as Philadelphia abortion doctor Kurt Gosnell, who was convicted on Monday on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter. The group alleged that the mainstream media had ignored the case, and pointed fingers at CNN’s Nancy Grace in particular.
Star Parker, a Fox News contributor who founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) network who brought the pastors to D.C. for the press conference, alleged that many abortion providers like Gosnell exist. “If the black community is specifically being targeted, and they’re the reason we’re here to say, ‘Is there a cover up?’ What we saw in Philadelphia is all across this country, including the cover up, including the lack of investigation. We’re here to put on notice the people who are going to come against Sen. Mike Lee who wants to open an investigation.”
“This must stop. We’re here to say not just today, but we are not going to rest, as they didn’t rest during the civil rights movement until it was finished. As the abolitionists did not rest with that crime against humanity during slavery,” Parker continued. “We won’t rest. Not on this one, not on our watch. ”
Parker said the group planned to hold a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill in the afternoon, but that none of the invited legislators had responded to their invitation.
Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union and a speaker at CURE’s event, went so far as to call Gosnell a “racist.”
“Kermit Gosnell is a racist of the worst kind because he has preyed on women and young girls of his own race. For 30 years, Kermit Gosnell participated in and perpetuated the epidemic of black on black crime, which is a national problem and has become increasingly a problem over the years,” she said.
“Gosnell ran his bloody clinic in a black neighborhood where he made millions of dollars killing black children. He got away with it simply because he could. After all, no one really cares about poor black babies, do they?” Gardner continued. “Gosnell knew he could kill black children and no one would blink an eye.”
Gardner blamed the mainstream media for ignoring the case. “The media for the most part looked the other way or shut their collective eyes completely. Where is CNN’s hard-hitting, baby-loving Nancy Grace? With the exception of Kirsten Powers, Anderson Cooper 360 and the Fox News network that did a special report on Kermit Gosnell, there has been very little reported about the Gosnell case,” Gardner continued. “Talk news programs around the nation were oversaturated with the Jodi Arias trial, while ignoring the trial of a man who killed innocent babies in such heinous, heinous ways. Why, besides the media’s natural liberal-leaning bias, and ardent pro-choice views, there could be other reasons. I can’t help but wonder if Gosnell’s victims had been white children if we’d have seen different media coverage.”
“America has been trying for decades to bury their race card, but the truth is we’re playing with a stacked deck. The mainstream media continues to prove that they see black children as having very different value of lesser worth than their white counterparts,” she concluded. “News programs for the most part have become fabricated ‘reality’ television where real news is either watered down, covered up, or as in the Kermit Gosnell case, completely blacked out.”
Tony Evans, president of the Texas-based Urban Alternative, slammed the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus and named African-American abortion providers he claimed were “lining their pockets” by providing abortion care.
Caesar LeFlore, a pastor from Chicago, touted the case of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, a woman who died from complications of an abortion procedure at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago’s South loop. Her death was ruled an accident by the coroner.
“We’ve heard over and over again about this so-called war on women that’s supposed to be taking place here in America and many of our members of congress, especially our Congressional Black Congress members have been the most outspoken in saying they want to defend the right of women to have abortion and contraceptives, as if that’s the only thing that women are concerned about.”
In an interview with Raw Story following the event, however, founder of the National Black Pro-Life Union Catherine Davis said that the group wasn’t working on behalf of pregnancy care legislation called the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Tuesday. Instead, she said, they viewed the priority as working on de-funding Planned Parenthood.
“The one voice that has been absent form the pro-life movement has been the black voice. This meeting was about activating that voice,” she told Raw Story.
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