by Kirsten Andersen
WASHINGTON, D.C.(LifeSiteNews.com) – The National Black Prolife Coalition will tighten their focus in 2013 in light of election results that showed pro-life Republican candidates were shunned at the polls by black voters in favor of pro-abortion Democrats.
Coalition leaders, including the Rev. Walter Hoye, met last week in Washington to discuss their strategy for the coming year. Rev. Hoye told LifeSiteNews that conventional pro-life tactics aimed at white voters were “developed for the courtroom, not the culture” and don’t work well with the black community.
“There’s a real need to communicate our life message to the community of color,” said Rev. Hoye, who believes most black voters aren’t currently factoring in pro-life issues when they go to the polls, despite statistics showing that black children are aborted at a much higher rate than children of other races.
“This will be the year for us to double our efforts in our own community,” said Hoye. “We’ll be using strategies designed to start a conversation in our community about the life issue and ending abortion.”
Hoye said a major focus of that conversation will be fetal personhood. Hoye compared the personhood movement to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and suggested that drawing parallels between black civil rights and rights for the unborn may resonate strongly with a community that still strongly feels the sting of past debasement.
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