A message humanizing Black lives before birth painted on the street outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Rochester, New York by a pro-life student group has been defaced.
In a move that inadvertently revealed the dark hearts of the vandals, the word “preborn” was obscured from the original message, which read, “Black Preborn Lives Matter.”
The city’s Frederick Douglass Foundation, a conservative nonprofit, shared a video on Facebook of the students painting the message in the early hours of July 4th.
Monroe Community College Students for Life President Ben Chernjavsky said of the incident:
In the early morning hours of Independence Day, a group of students assembled in downtown Rochester, New York to state a simple truth outside the headquarters of Planned Parenthood for Upstate and Western New York. The students from the Rochester area Students for Life groups joined with the Fredrick [sic] Douglass Foundation of New York and Feminists Choosing Life of New York on the anniversary of the most famous speech to be delivered in their city. In 1852, Fredrick [sic] Douglass delivered the speech “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” in Rochester. Following in the footsteps of our great Rochester forebearers the students ask the question: What is the 4th of July to the pre-born?
In a state where abortion is legal until the point of birth for any or no reason, the answer to this question is bound to be bleak.
The fact is that Black Pre-Born Lives Matter. This is the undeniable truth that has been painted in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in downtown Rochester. At a time in our country when the issue of inequality is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, we must stand up for the most vulnerable and oppressed people in our society. Pre-born children have been stripped of their humanity by the state of New York because of their physical appearance. A statue of Fredrick Douglass was torn down in Rochester the same week, and yet the buildings that house oppression and death still stand.
“It seems darkly appropriate that Planned Parenthood, the organization that kills infinitely more people in one year than the Ku Klux Klan has in its entire existence, has the word ‘preborn’ blotted out right in front of their facility,” Chernjavsky went on, adding that Planned Parenthood “no doubt agrees with the vandal’s black paint that marks which black lives matter and which ones don’t.”
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