Star Parker gave an impassioned, pro-life testimony and was berated by Steve Cohen, a Democrat who represents the 9th District of Tennesee.
Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) and testified before a Congressional committee where she pleaded with her colleagues to seriously reconsider abortion rights reminding them it's the “leading cause of death in the black community today.”
Parker said after her testimony, which was cut short by the committee following Cohen's tantrum, Cohen scolded Parker putting his finger in her face and demanded an apology from her after she called him "disingenuous." Parker added that Cohen and protesters kept trying to shift the topic from abortion to welfare. Parker said Cohen "lit in" to Parker and called her "ignorant" after she called his concern over welfare "disingenuous."
Here's what offended Cohen:
“In fact when you put the Dred Scott decision next to the Roe v Wadedecision, they read almost verbatim. I’d like to also address something that was brought up earlier...when it comes to mixing the abortion issue with the challenges that we face in many of our hard-hit communities. I feel it disingenuous that the issues of Medicaid would come up, and other opportunities for us to re-address what has happened in...our most distressed zip codes. The way that Planned Parenthood targets these particular zip codes with abortion. Abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community today. Since roe v wade was legalized, 20 million humans have been killed inside of the womb of black women. And then on Halloween, Planned Parenthood tweets out that the black women are safest if they abort their child rather than bring it to term. To the gentleman from Texas who brought up Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, I think that is important that we put in record that the needs of those that are most vulnerable in society cannot be addressed with abortion. Abortion feeds a narrative that women are victims, that they have no control over their sexual impulses. And the result of this narrative being forced down into our hardest-hit communities – we are seeing now recklessness in sexual activity and marriage has collapsed. In the 50s, 70% of black adults were married. Today, that number is 30 percent. This is causing a lot more social pathologies that have to be addressed in different types of legislation, not the Heartbeat Bill. The Heartbeat Bill is to protect the innocent.”
Today, Parker joined Glenn to discuss the blowback she's received for being an African-American, anti-abortion activist. Listen to the full podcast to hear what she told Glenn.