NRL News
Page 19
February 2009
Volume 36
Issue 2

Planned Parenthood Increasingly Targets Hispanic Women
By Rai Rojas

Editor’s note. Rai Rojas is NRLC’s director of Hispanic Outreach. He delivered these remarks at NRLC’s January 22 press conference at the National Press Building.

There are millions of Latinos in the United States who are completely unaware of what January 22 signifies for them, nor do they know how greatly and negatively impacted they are by Roe v. Wade. For some Latinos, the United States Supreme Court’s edict that legalized abortion on demand happened decades before they arrived in this country. Yet the penumbra of that decision looms over the essence of Hispanic culture in this country on a daily basis.

The abortion industry has a special solution for us. For years this huge conglomerate (Planned Parenthood’s revenues alone are approaching $1 billion) has gone after the Latino community with fervor and without apology. Examples of how the Latino community is targeted are plentiful, including an over-abundance of advertisements in mono-lingual Spanish papers that publish only in Latino communities; Planned Parenthood’s choice of a Mexican-American as its chaplain; and an all-out web campaign that targets Latina women.

As the abortion rate among non-Latin white women declines, the abortion industry realizes it needs to make up for that negative cash flow. Pretending to be a benevolent “family planning” organization is its hook into the Hispanic community.

One of Planned Parenthood’s Spanish language flyers claims that it is pro-woman, pro-family, pro-child, and pro-choice. For many Latinos, realizing that these are the blatant lies of an industry desperately in need of a new infusion of cash comes too late.

Pro-abortionists want Hispanics to believe that they are pro-family, but at every turn they fight efforts to keep Latino parents informed before their minor daughters are about to undergo an abortion. They claim to be pro-woman, yet they argue against laws that insure a Latina woman’s right know what abortion is, what abortion does to her unborn child, as well as the long-term effects of abortion and the link between abortion and breast cancer.

They try to say that they are pro-child, yet they lobbied against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act which affords protection to unborn children from acts of violence.

And finally, they claim to be pro-choice, but the mere mention of a 24-hour waiting period sends them into a shrill panic. The abortion industry wants Latinas to abort and to abort now—and the truth be damned.

Before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger said, “Truth is not determined by a majority vote.” This statement, when applied to American Hispanics, was made palpably and painfully clear this last November.

The truth about abortion is hard to come by for most Americans, but particularly for minorities. When independent sources attempt to educate Latinos, they are shut down and called irresponsible. Such is the case of Eduardo Verástegui.

Mr. Verástegui is an iconic Mexican actor of stage, screen, and television. He recently played the protagonist in a movie (Bella) that went on to win the prestigious Toronto Film Festival.

His most recent project however, has not been so well received by many mainstream media outlets. The film is aptly called La Dura Realidad (The Hard Truth), and Eduardo introduces and narrates a film that is difficult, but necessary to watch.

In the film Eduardo enumerates so many of the points that Latinos in this country need to hear about abortion, and he asks the questions that so desperately need to be asked.

Eduardo talks about the fact that minorities and Latinos in particular are targeted by the policy of abortion on demand that he so correctly calls racist. He asks why there are so many abortion clinics in Latino neighborhoods and why there is such a special interest in our population by those who promote and profit from abortion. He reminds the viewers of how lucrative a business abortion is and how many Hispanic lives are lost to the abortion industry’s never-ending need to flourish.

The hard truth comes in the middle of the video when for about two minutes beautiful pictures of children in utero are shown with their gestational age noted on screen. Eduardo’s voiceover is soft and eloquent as he explains the science of embryonic development. Then the pictures of children who lost their right to life are shown. It is sobering, troubling, and emotionally draining.

When the pictures of the destruction and carnage are over, the camera turns back to Eduardo. He educates Latinos further on the horrors of abortion and its aftermath. He does not mince his words; he is clear, precise, and succinct. There is no question left unanswered. But this hard truth did not see the light of day on any major media outlet: the truth is really that hard.

But the truth is never inconsequential. It’s always here. There are people who will try to corrupt it, pervert it, derail it, taint it, but the truth is the truth. It will prevail. Truth is its own defense and it is a complete defense.

There is a pattern with the mainstream media and the issues that surround abortion and its racist overtones. They don’t like the truth, they won’t tell the truth, they won’t report the truth, and they won’t let you see the truth. The truth is being subverted.

It is our job at NRLC to make sure that the truth will prevail. One by one, community by community, state by state, Latinos will know that every abortion stops a beating heart and that it is all a bloody messy ordeal.