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Evangelical lobby equates abortion with slavery

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The head of a powerful Evangelical-Christian lobby in Arizona today upped the rhetorical ante against Planned Parenthood by calling abortion a “modern-day slave trade.”

“Children are not commodities to be bought and sold – like the slave trade,” Center for Arizona President Cathi Herrod said in a news release.

Herrod is referring to the latest undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress, which shows Planned Parenthood executives discussing harvesting fetal parts for research.

Planned Parenthood has vigorously rejected allegations that it is profiting from tissue donation. The group also called the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress misleading, and part of a smear campaign.

Herrod said there’s not much difference between slavery and abortion: “The only difference between the business-savvy abortion lobby and many of the business-savvy slave traders is that the abortion lobby is dealing with innocent babies who have lost their lives at the heartless hands of abortionists. I am repulsed by this thought, and Americans should be too. Our children deserve so much better than to be bought and sold for any reason.”

Center for Arizona Policy spokesman Daniel Stefanski clarified that his group neither condones slavery nor insinuates that “innocent babies” killed in abortion clinics deserve a better fate than the Africans who were enslaved and sold.

“Both [are] heinous acts,” Stefanski said. “What we’re doing is just equating [abortion with slavery] and bringing it into the modern sense.”

Herrod also called for defunding Planned Parenthood and any group that gets fetal body parts from the former’s clinics.

In the edited version of the video, an executive from Advanced Bioscience Resources, a major supplier of fetal issue, said her company also sends parts to the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research agency and one of the largest sources of funding for medical research in the world.

“I pray that this is addressed by our delegation in the upcoming budget debate in Washington, D.C.,” Herrod wrote.

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