On today’s episode of “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” a pro-life student group has finally painted “Black Preborn Lives Matter” on the street in front of a Planned Parenthood facility.
This time, Students for Life for America activists were not only not stopped by police; officers posed for pictures with members of the activist group, holding “Black Preborn Lives Matter” T-shirts.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 7, 2020
Success finally came early Saturday night in Baltimore, following the group’s unsuccessful attempt to paint their counter-message to “Black Lives Matter” on a Washington, D.C. street — also in front of a Planned Parenthood facility — on August 1.
As I reported at the time, not only were the students stopped; several were arrested by D.C. police.
Our students and team members were threatened, harassed, and arrested in front of Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C. for painting all Black Preborn Lives Matter.
— studentsforlife (@StudentsforLife) August 1, 2020
That was then, this is now. Students for Life said it joined with The Frederick Douglas Foundation to organize the painting.
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— Gosnell Movie (@GosnellMovie) September 6, 2020
After the controversial statement — which should not be controversial, particularly among Black Americans — was completed, members of both groups posed for several pictures with Baltimore police officers holding “Black Preborn Lives Matter” T-shirts — apparently in support of the young activists’ message.
— The Dog and Pony Show (@Thedogandponys3) September 7, 2020
As reported by Fox45 in Baltimore, organizations must first receive a permit from the Baltimore City Department of Transportation.
If the department approves the design, the Board of Estimates must give final approval. If approved, a traffic control plan is then put in place to allow people to work safely in the road during the installation.
From “Defund Police,” to “Black Lives Matter,” to – now – “Black Preborn Lives Matter,” street art is getting attention in Baltimore City.https://t.co/h5qFfJqpom
— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) September 7, 2020
Students for Life issued a statement explaining, in part, why it has refused to give up its effort to paint the powerful statement on city streets — specifically, in front of Planned Parenthood facilities.
“About 13% of American women are Black, but they submit to over 38% of all abortions. This is exactly why we say #BlackPrebornLivesMatter. Black women and their preborn [sic] children MUST be protected from the atrocity of abortion.”
In an early August letter to Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young, the group pointed out that the city had allowed other activists to paint “Black Lives Matter,” “Defund the Police,” and “Black Trans Lives Matter” on the streets. Blocking the pro-life message would represent viewpoint discrimination, the letter pretty much warned the mayor.
“Your original decision to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the street may very well be government speech. However, your decision to allow private citizens to paint additional messages such as ‘Defund the Police’ and ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ and to intervene on behalf of a public display of another’s speech indicates that public areas are now an open forum for free speech.”
Students for Life of America:
We are in Baltimore this morning painting “Black Preborn Lives Matter” on the street DIRECTLY in front of Planned Parenthood! And look who showed up to support us! 👏🏼 #BlackPrebornLivesMatterhttps://t.co/rIfCxqtJ1w pic.twitter.com/2rDdgxQ75x
— Genred Hero Guban Ramos (@GenredHeroRamos) September 7, 2020
We love these new billboards from @StudentsforLife that declare:
— LifeNews (@LifeNewsToo) September 6, 2020
While President Trump on multiple occasions has spoken passionately against taxpayer funding of abortion, Nancy Pelosi, who cites her “deep Catholic faith” as the reason, is a strong advocate; once referring to abortion as “sacred ground.”
Given all that’s happened in 2020, the continuing effort by Students for Life for America serves as hope — particularly for America’s young people — that sanity just might prevail in the end.