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Diverse, Pro-Life Coalition Says #BlackWomenMatter, Call on Office Holders to Enforce Laws Protecting Women’s Health and Safety in Abortion Clinics

MEDIA ADVISORY: In historic Selma, Alabama, Rally at Christ the King Cathedral and March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge planned for June 19 and 20, 2015

“Criminal acts against far too many women of color are being ignored here in Alabama and nationwide,” said event organizer Catherine Davis. “But we promise you that an energized coalition will be working together to hold abortionists accountable and to call on office holders to enforce the law.”

Atlanta, GA (06-10-15) – A diverse coalition of African American and pro-life organizations will join together for a special event — TheSelmaProject.com — announcing a new partnership on behalf of women, especially women of color, who have been victimized by a lawless abortion industry. Organizer Catherine Davis, president of The Restoration Project, noted that women of color who represent the majority of Big Abortion’s business “are too often ignored and treated as disposable when horrific acts, sexual assaults and life-threatening injuries happen behind the closed doors of abortion clinics.”

“It’s time for either law enforcement to do its job or for new legislation to empower those who will fight for the helpless,” said Davis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, African-American women account for 37 percent of all abortions, while non-Hispanic white women are 34 percent, Hispanic women are 22 percent and women of other races are at 8 percent. Considering that African Americans make up 13.2 percent of the population, writer and philosopher Michael Novak calculated that abortion had ended the lives of one in four African Americans. This also means that women of color are experiencing the extreme health risks of abortion for women in far greater numbers.

“Together, we will pray for those harmed by a callous abortion industry that puts profits over people, but our event won’t stop there,” said Davis. “Abortionists must be held accountable for criminal acts and civil wrongs. And we will work to pass legislation like Americans United for Life’s Enforcement law, because if office holders won’t help us, we must help ourselves.”

Two events will launch TheSelmaProject.com: A Rally at 7 p.m. on June 19 at Christ the King Cathedral, 1204 Highland Ave., Selma, Alabama and a march on June 20. The march will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the Selma side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and it will end at the nearby park where a news conference will immediately take place.

Participants include: Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest; Dr. Alveda King, well-known activist and Director of African American Outreach of Priests for Life; Founder and President of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education Star Parker, Dr. Freda Bush, physician, writer, speaker; Ryan Bomberger, co-founder and chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation; Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life; and Priests for Life Founder Fr. Frank Pavone.

The campaign notes, “There’s Still VIOLENCE in Selma, and She’s the Target. #BlackWomenMatter.” For more information go to www.theselmaproject.com