U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’s, D-Calif., newly anointed role as the standard-bearer for Americans of color is at odds with her unwavering support for abortion.
It is no secret that black babies in the U.S. are killed by abortion in numbers that dwarf statistics for white and Latino babies. We also know that mothers who die from legal abortion are much more likely to be women of color, and that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion seller, was founded by an avowed racist, continues to be criticized for mistreating black employees. They target minorities by setting up killing centers in their neighborhoods.
Sen. Harris – now former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate – has ties to Planned Parenthood that are deeply troubling.
In 2015, pro-life undercover journalist David Daleiden began releasing videos documenting how Planned Parenthood officials were illegally harvesting and selling the limbs, organs and skin of aborted babies – even altering the abortion method to ensure the retrieval of intact organs. Who can ever forget Dr. Deborah Nucatola dispassionately discussing, over wine and salad, where to crush a tiny human’s body to preserve the organs most in demand?
Sen. Harris was then the California attorney general and she could have gone after Planned Parenthood, but instead decided to prosecute Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt. Those prosecutions continue to this day.
At the same time, Attorney General Harris was authorizing a raid on Daleiden’s apartment, she was campaigning for the U.S. Senate being vacated by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. On the Harris campaign website, supporters were urged to sign a petition to “Defend Planned Parenthood.” A more glaring conflict of interest is hard to imagine.
But Planned Parenthood is not only a criminal enterprise, it also a racist one.
Now that the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted a national reckoning on racism, Planned Parenthood has finally acknowledged what everyone has known for a century. Its founder, Margaret Sanger, was a racist and a eugenicist who wanted to improve the human race by weeding out anyone she saw as undesirable, including minorities and the disabled.
In July, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York released a statement that said, “The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color.”
Has Sen. Harris commented on this “historical reproductive harm” against the black community? Not that I’ve heard. In New York City, this reproductive harm takes on shocking form – more black babies are aborted than born. Removing a name from a building cannot undo this injustice.
As a senator, she voted against bringing to the Senate floor a measure that would protect babies late in pregnancy from the brutality of a dismemberment abortion, and a bill that would mandate life-saving emergency care for a newborn who survives despite an abortionist’s best attempt to kill the baby.
Sen. Harris is against laws calling for parents of minor girls to be notified before an abortion, supports allowing federal funding for abortion providers, wants to see Roe v. Wade codified into law and has called for the elimination of the Hyde Amendment.
Sen. Harris is a co-sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, the most extreme piece of abortion legislation I have seen in my 30 years in the pro-life movement. The act would wipe off the books any state laws that restrict abortion in the last three months of pregnancy, ignoring the fact that late-term abortion is dangerous for mothers and barbaric for babies.
I will never forget how pro-life physician Dr. John Bruchalski described late abortion when I was researching my book, Recall Abortion. After performing abortions as part of his medical training, he could not overlook the truth about the procedure. “When you kill another human life up close and personal, it’s viciously brutal,” he told me. “The baby fights back a little bit. When they get real big, they don’t want to be killed.”
We need to keep Dr. Bruchalski’s words in mind as we approach the most important election of our lifetime. Recent portrayals of Sen. Harris cast her as a moderate, but in reality, she is more extreme on abortion than any previous candidate for president or vice president.
Those who see her as a champion of the Black Lives Matter movement have to ask Sen. Harris why black unborn lives don’t matter. It’s painfully obvious that, to her, they don’t.
Janet Morana is the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and a member of the Catholics for Trump and Pro-Life Voices for Trump advisory committees.