Hoye added that while black Americans make up 14 percent of the American population, 30 percent of all abortions are performed on black women. He noted that the abortion industry has been more efficient in killing black Americans than the Ku Klux Klan ever was.
“We’re calling upon America to open your hearts again, open your eyes again, clean out your ears again,” the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. Alveda King said.
“These pastors are serious about making sure the Congress opens hearings,” Parker added of the numerous black clergy surrounding her from across the country.
“We’ve been targeted, we know it, we know this is not an anomaly, and we know there is a great cover-up,” she asserted.
Bishop Darryl Husband of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Virginia stressed that the issue should no longer be a political one.
“Please take this off the political radar. It is a moral issue,” he said. “And it must be stopped now.”
Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church of Beltsville, Md., pledged $1,000 to the cause and revealed that his wife had had an abortion.
“We finally get it. This rising tide I believe is not going to be denied, and we are going to be listened to in these halls of politics by both parties,” he said, acknowledging that more black Americans are Democrats.
He added that the importance of life should be stressed in the pulpit and at home.
Rev. Walter Moss, New Beginnings Foursquare Gospel Church of Canton, Ohio, called on all pastors to “get into the game” in pursuing the importance of life.
Pastor Stephen Broden, Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church of Dallas, Texas, further decried the lack of black leadership of this issue.
“The NAACP, and the Urban League, and the Congressional Black Caucus, are complicit in the Gosnell clinic if they cannot stand on behalf of the community and push back against this culture of death,” he said.
“We need to say that today, that we are aware of the fact that our leadership has failed us on this issue,” Broden added. “And we’re calling them to task today, they must stand or be removed.”
Rev. Caesar LeFlore of the New Community Church in Dolton, Ill., — who had driven with four other clergy to Washington the night prior — spoke of Tonya Reeves, a young woman who died during an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago last year.
LeFlore charged that while people have spoken about “war on women” they are not paying attention to the “war on black women.”
“Where, one might ask, is the suspicious outrage from the Congressional Black Caucus and the black journalists when it comes to the war on black women and the violence against them that abortion is inflicting?” he asked.
“You wouldn’t tolerate it if women going into clinics for breast enhancements and botox were coming out dead. You wouldn’t put up with that for one moment, so why in God’s name is it hard to get the government to ensure that we don’t have ogres like Kermit Gosnell slaughtering our women and desecrating the bodies of our children?”