(CNSNews.com) -- At a press conference outside the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday, author and conservative activist Star Parker said the Congressional Black Caucus' (CBC) response to abortion was “silence” and urged the CBC to “take the lead” in persuading the National Portrait Gallery to remove a bust of eugenist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.
The press conference brought together a group of black pastors and pro-life leaders who are demanding that the portrait gallery, which is a part of the federally funded Smithsonian Institution, remove a bust of Margaret Sanger.
The bust is featured in the gallery’s “The Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which focuses on historical equal rights achievements in America. Depictions of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are featured in the exhibit nearby Sanger’s bust.
“Americans response to abortion: $520 million dollars to Planned Parenthood every year," said Parker. "Year after year after year to a billion dollar corporation."
"The Congressional Black Caucus' response to abortion, silence," she said. "Sanger is no hero."
"I'm honored to stand here and say let's bring the bust down," said Parker. "And I implore the Congressional Black Caucus to take the lead in the Congress to make sure this great work is done.”
Star Parker is a syndicated columnist, authro, and the founder and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education.
On Thursday, after the press conference, STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny) President Bishop EW Jackson delivered a petition signed by 14,000 calling for the Smithsonian to remove Sanger’s bust.