The Story: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a creepy video in which actor Mehcad Brooks attempts to humorously sexualize and anthromorphize the abortion-on-demand law.

The Background: "To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade we didn't buy a ruby," says the Center for Reproductive Rights. "Instead [the Center] asked asked Mehcad Brooks of the USA Network's "Necessary Roughness" and HBO's "True Blood" to prepare a special video message just for you.



In response to the video, Ryan Bomberger, an African-American pro-lifer who runs the Radiance Foundation, said:
The Center for Reproductive Rights, like Planned Parenthood, certainly understands its main demographic. Happy 40th Anniversary Baby ironically uses a man (who is normally treated as persona non grata) to pitch abortion. The fact that they use a black man just screams irony . . . with the black abortion rate as high as it is and black fathers as absent as they are, it's just sick to see Mehcad Brooks shill for the number one killer in the black community, and the killer of 55 million plus since '73.

Why It Matters: As Bomberger rightly notes, African-American women are a prime demographic for abortionists. According to the National Vital Statistics Report from June 2012, African-American women experience an average of 1.6 times more pregnancies than white women, but have 5 times more abortions over their lifetime. And research released by Protecting Black Life reveals that 79% of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African-American and/or Hispanic/Latino communities.

Additionally, pro-abortion supporters have hindered efforts to regulate these clinics. In Virginia health inspectors discovered despicable conditions in every single clinic and in December, Women's Medical Services in Muskegon, Michigan was forced to shut down because of unsanitary conditions dangerous to human life.

But the most notorious and heartbreaking example is the Philadelphia Women's Medical Society, the late-term abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell. The 3801 Lancaster Film Project is an ongoing documentary series about Gosnell, his clinic, and the cover-up by state and local oversight agencies. You can watch the film below.

(Warning: The video contains graphic images.)

Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. You can follow him on Twitter.

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