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Roll Call

ve8QAd   |   June 13, 2014

This spring, I stood solemnly outside the Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, Ohio. I was there because abortion had claimed yet another victim. At this press conference, pro-lifers came to commemorate the life of 22-year-old LaKisha Wilson, who died following a botched late-term abortion. And sadly, she is not alone.

A growing list of young, Black women walk through the doors of abortion mills every day. But not all of them walk out. The following names represent the lives of African-American women who have been killed by abortion since 2000.

  1. Semika Shaw, 2000 – age 22, mother of two, killed by abortion in
    W. Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Tamiia Russell, 2004 – age 15, died after a second-trimester abortion near
    Detroit, MI.
  3. Denise Crowe, 2006 – age 21, mother of one, died following an abortion at
    16 weeks.
  4. Laura Hope Smith, 2007 – age 22, died from abortion in Hyannis, MA.
  5. Edrica Goode, 2007 – age 21, died due to negligent care during an abortion at Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles.
  6. Sherika Mayo, 2008 – age 23, died after an abortion at 25 weeks.
  7. Antonesha Ross, 2009 – age 18, mother of two, died from abortion at 13
    weeks pregnant.
  8. Tonya Reaves, 2012 – age 24, identical twin, mother of one. Planned Parenthood of Illinois was sued for wrongful death after she was killed by abortion.
  9. LaKisha Wilson, 2014 – age 22, mother of one, lost her life after a botched late-term abortion in Cleveland, OH.

This “roll call” is a record of young, Black women who’ve been killed and it’s only a partial list. There are hundreds of women of various ethnicities who have died because of abortion. These women are our daughters, mothers, sisters, church members and friends. But to the abortion industry, they are prime targets.

These nine African-American women who lost their lives represent the segment of society central to the abortion business. While Blacks make up only 12.6% of the population, they receive an estimated 30% of all abortions. Black women have abortions at a rate 3.4 times higher than White women. The abortion industry knows this and that’s why they’re setting up shop in minority neighborhoods across the country.

Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider. Recent research by Protecting Black Life reveals 62% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance (2-mile radius) of Black neighborhoods. In many cases, the saturation of minorities in the area is overwhelming. For example, in Cincinnati, OH, Planned Parenthood is located near neighborhoods that are up to 95% Black, even though the surrounding county is only 25.7% Black.

Unfortunately, these nine women didn’t know the odds were stacked against them. But consider how many like them are being targeted as prime abortion customers. Women deserve to know the truth. To help mobilize our communities, Protecting Black Life has developed three new resources to communicate this critical message.

  • What You Need to Know About Abortion, Planned Parenthood and the Black Community is an informative brochure that exposes Planned Parenthood’s targeting of minorities. Although this brochure was developed with minority clients of Pregnancy Help Centers in mind, it is versatile enough to share this crucial information with anyone.
  • Designed specifically for Pregnancy Center Educators, Targeted for Abortion: Planned Parenthood’s Deadly Strategy for Minorities is a thorough pamphlet intended to serve as a guide when educating minority clients without overwhelming them. Step-by-step, it advises educators how to easily walk clients through the statistics and research. It is to be used in conjunction with the What You Need to Know brochure.
  • We believe churches should be equipped to make a difference for life. God’s Church – A Mighty Voice for Life is a user-friendly brochure full of verifiable facts and inspirational scriptures. It’s a practical resource that pastors, priests, ministers and church members can use to reach out with both crucial information and spiritual affirmation.

Each of these resources is available at or by calling 513.729.3600.

It is likely that minority communities will continue to be devastated by the abortion industry until we become aware of this aggressive targeting of our unborn. Please join with me as we fight for the lives of both the babies and their mothers.

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