(CNSNews.com) -- The National Day of Mourning, in remembrance of the more than 20 million black lives lost to abortion since 1973, begins today with prayer and a press conference in Richmond, Va., and a processional through tomorrow, Aug. 31, with stops in Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Birmingham, Ala.
The two-day event is sponsored by several leading pro-life organizations, including Civil Rights for the Unborn, the Douglass Leadership Institute, The Restoration Project, the Thomas More Society, Human Coalition and the Family Research Council (FRC).
“Abortion kills more black lives than all the other leading causes of death combined, and it is by design that black women have access to abortion clinics and abort at three-and-a-half times the rate of white women," said Patrina Mosley, the director of Life, Culture, and Women's Advocacy at the FRC.
"Today, Planned Parenthood operates nearly 80 percent of its facilities in black and Hispanic communities and has dedicated campaigns to encourage these women to abort their children," said Mosley.
“African-Americans make up less than 13 percent of the U.S. population yet receive nearly 40 percent of abortions," she said. “How long will we let this targeted killing of black babies continue?”
On the National Day of Mourning website, it states, "Planned Parenthood has long targeted Black babies and women under their plan of extermination called The Negro Project. They have used abortion to advance the eugenic cause and their efforts have resulted in the deaths of more than 20,000,000 Black lives."
"Currently, Planned Parenthood has constructed or is constructing three mega (10,000 square feet or larger) abortion centers in Black neighborhoods: one in the Churchill community of Richmond, VA, one in the Cherry neighborhood (the oldest Black neighborhood) in Charlotte, NC and the third in Birmingham, AL just blocks from the historic 16th Street Baptist Church," states the website.
The processional is designed to protest "this new construction and to expose their agenda of extermination," said the National Day of Mourning website.
As CNSNews.com has reported, although black Americans comprise 13.4% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 36.0% of the abortions in 2015. That was almost identical to the percentage of abortions (36.9%) that year among white Americans, who make up 76.6% of the population.
"In some areas of the United States, the percentage of black women who had abortions in 2015 was noticeably, and disproportionately, larger than the percentage of white women who did," according to the CDC, as reported by CNSNews.com. "In Georgia, for example, where blacks make up 32.2% of the population and whites make up 60.8%, black women had 62.4% of abortions while whites only had 24.7%.
In New York City in 2015, more black children were aborted than were born alive, according to data from the New York Department of Health.
Other states where black children were aborted in disproportionately high numbers in 2015 included Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia.
“The South isn’t the only place this is happening,” said Alveda King in a statement about the National Day of Mourning. “In New York City, more black babies are aborted than born. It’s not racist to point out this truth. It is racist to perpetuate this genocide.”
“This is an urgent message that bears repeating,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life. “The abortion cartel is working to eliminate black people in the U.S. They try to disguise this as compassion for the poor, but the truth is, Planned Parenthood and other abortion sellers are committing mass murder.”
“We need to make the statement loud and clear, that we will not stand for this any longer," said King. "Black lives matter, even in the womb.”
In addition to Patrina Mosley, speakers in Richmond will include Catherine Davis of the Restoration Project, and Dean Nelson of the Douglass Institute.