Pro-life advocates must speak out in defense of all human life–including issues of racial justice and deaths at the hands of police, a prominent pro-life lawmaker told CNA Wednesday.
Louisiana state Senator Katrina Jackson told CNA in a June 3 interview that the pro-life movement “has made great strides in becoming more racially diverse” and should now be speaking out against racism and the killings of black men by police or by other people who target them for their race.
A nationally known pro-life Democrat, Jackson addressed the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. in 2019 and 2020. She served eight years in the Louisiana House before she became a state senator this year.
Jackson, who is black and a Baptist, spoke to CNA about racism, and the nationwide demonstrations that have taken place, including violence in some cities, in the wake of the death of George Floyd on May 25.
The lawmaker said pro-lifers cannot remain silent in the face of injustice. She quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., noting that “a time comes when silence is betrayal.”
Jackson, who has been lauded for her bipartisan efforts to pass some of the country’s most stringent restrictions on abortion, told CNA that she is “pro-life from conception until death.”…
She lamented the “alarming amount of African-American males that are killed by murderous hands,” including those killed by police officers. Such deaths, she said, are “a life issue.”
Racism, and the deaths of young black men, have been “plaguing our nation for years,” she said.
“It has to stop, because it goes directly against the pro-life stance that every life has value.”