Pennsylvanians for Human Life of Greater Harrisburg.

Letter From Our President

Black Babies’ Lives Matter

When I’m able to attend the National March for Life in Washington D.C each year, I like to break away from the crowd and run to an area where I can watch as tens-of-thousands of prolifers march past.  It’s a great opportunity to see the incredible diversity of the people who are called to stand up for the lives of unborn innocents. 

And that’s especially appropriate, since the victims of abortion – particularly children and their mothers – are also a diverse population.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, 34,838 abortions were performed in the state in 2022 (the latest year for which statistics are available).  Of those, only 16,065 (or 46 percent) were from the state’s “white” population.   Considering that the state’s white population is more than SEVEN TIMES that of the non-white population2, it’s clear that the minority population is disproportionally impacted (one might even say TARGETED) by abortion.  

It’s always been a mystery to me how little attention has been paid by the media and culture at large to the high rate of abortion in the minority community.  The fact that so many abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods would certainly reinforce this concern. 

So, as I broke away from the crowd at the March for Life, I was encouraged to see this African-American woman holding a sign saying “Black Babies Lives Matter.”  It’s something worth contemplating by all Pennsylvanians, and all Americans.  And it’s worth our prayers to combat this trend.

Elsewhere on this site are other photos I took reflecting the range of ages, faiths and ethnic makeup of the MFL crowd back in January.  If you’ve never been to the March, I’d highly recommend it.  It’s a reminder of what we stand for and why human life is so sacred.

God Bless you!

Tom Pyne


Pennsylvanians for Human Life of the Capital Region