Guest Speaker Rev. Walter Hoye at St. Joseph the Worker

Reverend Walter Hoye, a pro-life pastor and ounder and president of the Issues4Life foundation, visited Berkeley, CA on October 28, 2013 and gave a talk on the issue of abortion. One of our members recounts his experience as an audience member.

The speech Walter Hoye gave last month was very informative, enlightening, and disturbing at the same time. He began unexpectedly — by giving some good news. In 2008, there were 1793 abortion clinics in the U.S., not counting hospitals. As of 2013, there are 619. In 2012, the pro-life movement managed to close 24 abortion clinics, and in this year alone, we have been able to close 46 clinics, and the year is still not done. Sadly, that was about all of the good news. The rest of the speech was spent informing the attendees of the current state of affairs with regard to abortion:

– A bill passed recently now allows midwives to legally perform abortions — people with nowhere near the training and knowledge of a qualified doctor are legally permitted to do this operation on women.
– Abortion is neither safe nor rare: In Chicago, a young black woman by the name of Tonya Reaves was the victim of a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood, and after she bled for over five hours, the hospital was called. She went to Northwestern Hospital, a top-notch, highly ranked medical center, and after three D&E’s were performed on her, she died.
– In 2008, 37% of abortions in the U.S. came from black Americans, and blacks are about 5 times as likely to have an abortion.
– The fertility rate for black Americans is now below replacement level.
– In 86 years, the Ku Klux Klan managed to lynch 3,446 blacks. That number is outstripped by abortion in just four days.
– Abortion outdoes homicide, heart disease, and cancer combined.

The above statistics show that abortion, tragically, can be considered nothing less than genocide.
Overall, the night was very fascinating, and very sad. There were actually two other speakers, but the speech given by Walter Hoye contained effectively covered the reasons for why abortion is such a tragedy, and why it is one of the most serious problems facing our nation today.

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