How Evangelicals — Who Ignore Police Abuse — Are Using ‘Black Lives Matter’ to Oppose Abortion and Women’s Rights

Conservative evangelicals — who have mostly ignored the abuse and deaths of black people by the police — are ripping off “Black Lives Matter” slogans to oppose abortion, which they try to paint as racist.

Evangelical activist Star Parker told the Washington Examiner how Black Lives Matter is meaningless unless it includes her anti-abortion cause:

We can talk all day about “black lives matter,” but if we exclude abortion from this discussion, we’ve excluded the fundamentals of this discussion.

Award-winning filmmaker Yoruba Richen — who produced a short film on the movement “Anti-Abortion Crusaders: Inside the African-American Abortion Battle” in 2018 — told Vox how anti-abortion evangelical activists have exploited “Black Lives Matter” for their cause:

This argument is one that [has] gone into the mainstream and deals with race in a way that reproductive justice people haven’t dealt with effectively. And I think it is something that needs to be looked at and followed, because it has grown. We’ve seen it in videos, and billboards, and postcards and [from] politicians. It’s something that people should be aware of.

Anti-abortionists often paint Planned Parenthood creator Margaret Sanger — who supported birth control, not abortion — as a racist even though Martin Luther King Jr. praised Sanger in 1966:

There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto life. Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous slums. Like we, she was a direct actionist — a nonviolent resister.

She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions.

However, Ben Carson tried to link Sanger to the Nazis in 2015: “Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her,” noted the Washington Post.

(Sources: Washington Examiner, PBS, Vox, The Washington Post, Sanger Papers)

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