If you’ve been in the pro-life movement long enough, there is probably a laundry list of things that pro-abortion advocates say that annoy the heck out of you. From “my body, my choice” to “abortion is a constitutional right,” it’s usually all we can do to indulge a quick face palm and keep on going. Pro-abortion arguments vary widely in silliness and severity, but their belief that abortion isn’t harming minority communities is one of their most tragic.
Planned Parenthood targets two main demographics: youth (students) and minority groups. We frequently hear about abortion and its relationship to black communities (especially considering Margaret Sanger’s racist, eugenic tendencies), but a demographic not talked about often enough is the Hispanic community. According to Guttmacher, Hispanic women obtain abortions at a rate second only to black women. The data is from 2014, but it notes that in that community, there are 18 abortions per every 1,000 pregnant women.
Don’t get us wrong: we should be fighting abortion equally in every community because every preborn life has equal value. But there is absolutely a problem with Planned Parenthood and other abortion vendors deliberately targeting a certain race, then proclaiming to the public that they are champions of minority groups. This type of dirty hypocrisy is why it’s so great that we have students like Jessica Pruneda:
Jessica is able to use her unique skills and experience to confront the abortion industry on their turf, and she’s doing so without fear. They are targeting her friends, family, co-workers, and peers – and for her, it’s personal. Jessica shared her testimony with us following her time on the #Justice4Life van tour:
3.8% of Missouri is Latino and for some reason God decided to put them in my path while I was doing street activism. The minorities are who Planned Parenthood is trying to target, but it’s funny because the Latinos I spoke to were against abortion. I had the privilege of talking to a low-income family who said that no matter what happens, they would never consider abortion. They believe there are several other resources to help a woman continue with her pregnancy. I never would have thought that during the course of this week I would have encountered them. Spanish is my first language and it was a great experience being able to show my love for the pro-life movement in my native language.
[Justice4Life] was a tough week full of challenges that I never thought I would have to endure but it was also a life-changing experience. It taught me and my fellow travelers a lot about ourselves and the pro-life movement. A lot of us stepped outside of our comfort zone to do things we would have never imagined doing. Everything we did on this tour is only going to allow us to raise more awareness and bring a culture of life back to our campuses. It is important for me as a Mexican American woman to see abortion abolished in my life time. I am a part of the pro-life generation that will make this possible.
The pro-life movement is incredibly vibrant and diverse, and getting more so every day. The injustice of killing the preborn transcends language, culture, creed, & color. We hope that the coming weeks and months of activism and pro-life victories continue to increase our alliances with people of all backgrounds. ¡Somos la generación pro-vida!