By Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.
When Purdue Students for Life heard Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation talk about the disproportionate number of abortions in the black community, the students were fired up. They were challenged to introduce this information to their peers and show them how the abortion industry targets minorities.
Black people make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but they account for almost 40 percent of all abortions. There are almost 2,000 black lives ended by abortion every single day in the United States, and overall, a black baby is more than 5 times as likely to be executed as a white baby. And abortion kills more black people than heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and respiratory illness — COMBINED.
So this month, while we celebrate Black History Month, Purdue Students for Life began their educational campaign on this life and death issue. Their goal was simply: “raise awareness of the fact that abortion and the industry that surrounds it disproportionately affects and harms the black community, including, but not limited to, its unborn members.”
To launch their timely campaign, Purdue Students for Life hung posters around campus directing their peers to www.TooManyAborted.com and using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
While the Students for Life group expected a possible backlash on their campus for talking about race and abortion, they never envisioned just all that has since taken place.
Their posters were ripped down and threats were made against the pro-life students on their Facebook page. They were compared to ISIS and the KKK, called “malicious,” “human garbage” and “ignorant c*nts” all because they deemed it necessary to shed light on this horrible injustice that is especially prevalent in minority communities.
And it hasn’t just been the student community that has piled on the insults. Jamie Newman, an employee of the university who works in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, wrote on the Purdue Students for Life Facebook page that the pro-life students were “vile, racist idiots, who richly deserve all the opprobrium that will be heaped on them as a result of this unbelievably thoughtless, stupid escapade.”
He kept going: “And that you should have pulled this stunt at the beginning of Black History Month suggests you are either epically clueless or profoundly malicious. So, which is is [sic] – embarrassingly dumb or simply evil?”
Let me repeat, this man is a member of the Purdue faculty. Purdue should take immediate steps to severely discipline Mr. Newman for his outrageous and hurtful insults and lack of example of tolerance.
The Purdue Students for Life club is still facing aggressive backlash. They need our support and prayers. Would you go to their Facebook page and leave a note of encouragement? On their page, you will see just how intolerant many are to the pro-life movement’s message of truth and love. Let’s support these courageous students and tell them how brave they are in the face of such hostility.