Baby Talk: Reps Tussle over Abortion Stats (Video)

Black lives matter — but so do babies’! That’s a point that Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) tried to drive home on the House floor in a powerful speech before this week’s March for Life. Like most people, he can’t understand why the crisis of African-American abortion hasn’t turned groups like the Congressional Black Caucus against an industry that openly preys on minorities.

“My liberal friends, Congressional Black Caucus members, talk about fighting for the defenseless, the hopeless, and the downtrodden,” he added. “There is no one more hopeless and voiceless than an unborn baby, but their silence is deafening. I can’t hear them. Where are they standing up for their communities, advocating and fighting for their right to life?”

While the numbers back Duffy up (African-Americans are just 12 percent of the population, but they account for more than 30 percent of abortions), black leaders didn’t take kindly to Duffy’s remarks. Instead of applauding Duffy for highlighting this tragedy, the Congressional Black Caucus is considering a formal condemnation of Duffy on the House floor! It’s an unusual move but not surprising one, given the immense support Planned Parenthood gives its members.

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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), who called the speech “disgusting,” says Duffy had no right to call out the Caucus. But, the Wisconsin pro-lifer pushed back. “My remarks were not an attack on her or any of my colleagues,” Duffy continued. “Rather, they were an invitation to work together to defend poor, minority women against a powerful industry that targets them and preys on their vulnerability. Together, we can do more to offer African-American women and their children hope and non-violent solutions to difficult or unplanned pregnancies.”

And while some black leaders are condemning Duffy, others are applauding him. Our friend and Radiance Foundation founder, Ryan Bomberger, blasted members like Moore — insisting that what’s truly disgusting is the “racist propaganda that so many liberal black organizations like CBC peddle. Everyone is racist. Everything is racist. Well, except the one industry that kills for a living.”

FRC’s own Ken Blackwell flew to Duffy’s defense, urging the CBC: “Instead of engaging in personal attacks, the Congressional Black Caucus should engage in the civil debate that Rep. Duffy is seeking to have… What he points out is essentially what I have been saying myself for some time — the liberal doctrine behind ‘black lives matter’ is a hypocritical, selective doctrine that certainly does not extend to the unborn.”

He’s right.

All lives matter — born or unborn. And it takes a bold leader, willing to cut through the political correctness, to say it.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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