For the third year in a row, Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund is sponsoring a Life Speaker Series during Black History Month in February. The prolife speakers will educate about the issue of abortion in the black community. Abortion disproportionately affects the black community. While blacks make up only 14 percent of the Michigan population, 47 percent of abortions were performed on black women in 2011.

Kathy Crombie, the Right to Life of Michigan director of minority outreach, said she only heard positive feedback and rave reviews from the 2012 Life Speaker Series.

"People told us how much they enjoyed hearing our speakers in their churches preach on why abortion needs to be abolished," Kathy said.

The series will include six events throughout February, each featuring a different speaker and church. Kathy said she is pleased to have three new speakers and two new churches participating this year, including Oasis of Hope Christian Church in Detroit and Greater Bible Way Temple in Jackson.

"One of our goals this year was to reach out to another area outside of metro Detroit," she said. "With Bishop Ira Combs in Jackson accepting our invitation to be a part of our 2013 line-up, we have accomplished that goal."

The two other new speakers are Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron and Rev. Claude Allen May. In 2014, the goal is to expand the series even further with a speaker from the Grand Rapids area.

All of the events are free of charge and open to all. They will feature opportunities to drop off unopened packages of diapers and baby wipes to be donated to local pregnancy resource centers. During the 2012 series people donated 14,561 diapers and 20,193 baby wipes. Kathy said a large share of the credit for hosting these events should go to the Black History Month Life Leadership Committee. Their efforts have helped the Life Speakers Series grow every year.

"They are the backbone of these events," she said. "They have been meeting once or twice a month since August, and we’re now seeing their work come to fruition."

For more information about the events, visit the Life Speakers Series web page. To see photos from the events, visit our Facebook page.

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