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Contact: Rev. Clenard Childress, 973-296-3915, www.blackgenocide.org; Bill Diss, Director, 503-334-6183, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.preciouschildrenofportland.org
PORTLAND, Oregon, May 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- A newly formed inter-faith group of concerned citizens which is rapidly expanding is holding its first rally today. Precious Children of Portland was formed in response to Planned Parenthood's proposed move to build its regional headquarters in the heart of Portland's inner city neighborhood with a large percentage of African Americans. Critics decry Planned Parenthood expanding their abortion and sexual counseling.
The rally is an inter-faith rally featuring Catholic, Evangelical, and Muslim clergy.
Planned Parenthood plans to build its new upscale facility with retail shops next door to a Muslim community center.
Pastor Clenard Childress, the Assistant Director of LEARN (Life Education Action Resource Network), the nation's largest African American pro-life organization [www.blackgenocide.org], stated; "No neighborhood needs an entity that preys on women in crisis. No neighborhood needs an entity that shields the predators of our young girls in crisis. For Planned Parenthood, this is not about health care for women; it's about making huge profits."
Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions in the U.S.
"Planned Parenthood historically is known to target minority women. In fact, it was given the title, 'The Negro Project,'" Childress stated.
Each day in America, 4,000 preborn children have their lives terminated by abortions. Each day, 1,452 preborn African Americans die as a result of abortion.
Bill Diss, a teacher at a high school with a large population of minority children in the area, and who spearheads Precious Children of Portland, stated; "the city informed the Muslim leader, Shaheed Haamid, that it planned to sell the property to build a health facility. The city never mentioned Planned Parenthood or abortions."
"The new headquarters actually will provide sex products and drugs for young girls," Diss said.
Nina Rhea, the rally planner, stated; "Neither this neighborhood nor this city needs the services of Planned Parenthood. For women who need medical services, there are many health care facilities available for low income women. They include hospitals, county clinics, and pregnancy aid centers."