In recent years anti-abortion activists have tried to tie reproductive rights to any number of truly horrific things.

They claim abortion clinics are like Nazi death camps and reproductive rights are like the Holocaust.

They claim Planned Parenthood, by supporting reproductive rights for women, is a racist organization on par with the KKK because many of their clinics are located in low-income, primarily-African American communities.

It’s a failure of a tactic practiced by a small number of ultra-conservative nutjobs that tends to harm the overall pro-life movement by making everyone who opposes abortion look like a crazed religious extremist.

And today this tactic was unleashed by Ken Blackwell, a well-documented master of tactical political failures, at a rally in Texas where Planned Parenthood was accused of being a “eugenics organization designed to reduce minority populations” and a group that actively pursues “prenatal racial genocide.”

The event was billed as a rally to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It did the exact opposite. Not only did it not honor Martin Luther King Jr. but it actually abused the memory of one of our nation’s greatest civil rights leaders for the sole purpose of furthering the misogynistic agenda of Blackwell and his religiously intolerant friends like Tony Perkins.

It’s embarrassing to Mr. Blackwell, harmful to the pro-life movement and deeply offensive to anyone who believes in the message of Dr. King.

  • mvirenicus

    ken blackwell is harmful to brain cells responsible for memory.

  • I love me some Ken Blackwell. Can he run again please?

  • Adrienne

    Every time I think of Ken Blackwell, I shake my head and think “what happened?”. I cannot stand how the GOP who hated MLK and did their best to use him for race baiting and to smear him as a commie now want to co-opt him for their rotten policies.

    Makes me hair on fire angry. Let's face it their tent may be big. but it's mighty empty. Not that I want to join.

  • MattCS

    Its pretty sad how the GOP often works. If its someone of different race/religion/whatever AGAINST them then its all “They are not American! They are evil!”

    But the moment such can be used to advantage it is very public and very openly “HEY LOOK WHAT WE GOT!” by nearly the entire group.

    I only really notice it by that side really.

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