A coalition of more than 120 black leaders from both political parties sent a scathing letter to Planned Parenthood, urging the organization to "confront the systemic racism of America's abortion practices."
"Today, we are saying emphatically and unequivocally that Planned Parenthood must confront its racist founding, mission and practices. Too many Black lives have been lost to abortion. All Black lives matter," the letter reads.
The letter pointed out that a majority of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in predominantly racial minority neighborhoods in an effort to prey on the black community.
"This is no accident. Across the country, Planned Parenthood's surgical facilities target minority communities for abortion. In fact, 79% of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities are located in or near communities of color," the letter continued. "This effort demonstrates the outrage among the Black community that we have been strategically and consistently targeted by the abortion industry ever since the practice was legalized almost 50 years ago."
The letter also noted that 36% of abortions in the United States are performed on black women, who represent just 13% of the country's female population.
"Black women are five times more likely than white women to receive an abortion. In some cities, like New York, more Black children are aborted every year than are born alive," the letter said.
Among those who signed the bipartisan document are Louisiana state Sen. Katrina Jackson, Georgia state Rep. Mack Jackson, and Michigan's Kent County Commissioner Monica Sparks, all Democrats. The Republican signatures include Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and Texas state Rep. James White.
Former NFL star Benjamin Watson and pro-life activist and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. Alveda King also signed the letter.