Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries …..

An Appalling Double Standard

Fr. Shenan J. BoquetA few days ago, in New York City, two black pro-life women were arrested on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood facility. Planned Parenthood had called the police to report the women. When the police arrived, they ordered Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes to disperse, saying that they were violating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s social distancing orders. When they refused to leave, the women were arrested.

The night before Beatty’s and Chavanne’s arrest, New York City had been convulsed by yet another night of protesting, marred by widespread violence and looting. Thousands of people participated in these protests, congregating in tight spaces, often with absolutely no effort at preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Rather than pointing out the health dangers posed by these protests, however, many public health experts, media commentators, and politicians instead defended them, often turning a blind eye to, or even justifying the violence and looting. One letter, signed by some 1,300 public health experts, argued that the national protests should be allowed to continue despite the pandemic, because they are “vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States.”  …

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