Black Democratic Lawmaker Says She Fights for Life Because She’s ‘a Christian First’

By Melanie Arter | January 18, 2019 | 4:39 PM EST

Louisiana state Rep. Katrina Jackson (D) (Screenshot)

( - Louisiana state Rep. Katrina Jackson (D) told attendees at the 46th annual March for Life on Friday that when people ask her why she, as a black female Democrat, is pro-life, she says it’s because she’s a Christian first.

“I tell people in my state when they ask me why are you a black female Democrat fighting for life. I say, because I’m a Christian first, and then I tell them that Proverbs say God hates the shedding of innocent blood,” she said. '

“There’s no blood more innocent than an unborn child who’s never sinned, who never knew sin, and so for them we will continue to [fight] together regardless of being Democrat, Republican, black, white, male or female, we will fight (for life),” Jackson said.

“Louisiana is the number one pro-life state in the nation and mainly because in Louisiana, it doesn’t matter if you’re Democrat, Republican, black or white, we fight for life,” she said.

The lawmaker led the crowd in a call and response.

“So my Louisianians know this. Anytime you hear me say, ‘We fight.’ You should say, ‘for life.’ So what do we do? We fight--”

“For life,” the crowd shouted.

“We don’t do it for ourselves, because someone has already chosen our life. We fight (for life) for those who cannot speak for themselves. We fight (for life), because it’s the right thing to do, and we fight (for life), because we know that for everyone who doesn’t speak out, their silence means consent,” Jackson said.

“So we speak out, and we fight (for life) so that we’re never silent on the shedding of innocent blood,” she said.


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