Church Sign Reads Abortionists Target Black Babies
A church sign in Columbia is getting some attention for the message it’s sharing with drivers. The pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church says the phrase “Ultimate Racism: Abortionists Target Black Babies” aims to education people about abortion. “I cannot be silent and just say that’s somebody else’s problem or I’m not dark enough to care about that issue. I can’t do that,” Pastor Patrick Dye said. “This is the crime of America.”
Dye put up those words last Thursday. He says the “abortionists” include, but are not limited to, Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood purposely locates in minority communities,” Dye said. “The Planned Parenthood clinic is located at the edge of a white community, but right there within walking distance of the housing project on Forest Drive and Two Notch Road.”
Dye assumes the clinic’s location is in part responsible for attracting African-American patients. A Planned Parenthood representative says the average patient is a white female between the ages of 18 to 24 who is looking for birth control. The groups says race is not a factor and doesn’t intentionally target black babies.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control has data showing that in 2010 that black women in Richland County were almost three times as likely to have an abortion. But Planned Parenthood said that just because more black women were likely to have abortions that year does not necessarily mean that population was targeted, nor does it mean that Planned Parenthood is responsible for that percentage.