What do evolution, Auschwitz, and abortion all have in common? For that answer, you'll have to ask San Antonio anti-abortion crusader Allan Parker.
Parker, president of the San Antonio-based Justice Foundation, and the Abolition of Abortion Federation sent this gem across the Christian News Wire this week, announcing a D.C. press conference today regarding a certain new anti-abortion DVD presenting "the relationship between Evolution -- Auschwitz -- Abortion." Details on the movie – and the supposed connections between the systematic Nazi murder of millions of Jews, abortion, and evolution – are scarce. The press release says the groups aim to examine “the pictures, the stories, the evidence, and the horrors in the concentration camps and abortion clinics,” along with testimony from women involved with Operation Outcry, the anti-abortion off-shoot of Parker's Justice Foundation.
Parker did not return Newsmonger's calls Friday seeking an explanation on the supposed relationship between evolution, Auschwitz, and abortion (we'll update this post if we get one). He's headed the Justice Foundation since its founding in 1993, an organization aiming to “protect the fundamental freedoms and rights essential to the preservation of American society.” He's also lead counsel for Norma McCorvey, or “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade fame, who has since herself become a vocal anti-abortion activist.
Parker may most recently be remembered for the scathing benchslap he got from federal judge Sam Sparks when trying to butt into the legal challenge over Texas' new controversial sonogram law. (A federal appeals court last week green-lighted the measure, though the Center for Reproductive Rights says it plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.) In that lawsuit, Parker tried filing a friend-of the-court brief “on behalf of 317 Texas Women Hurt By Abortion,” along with graphic exhibits that included the photo of a “first-trimester aborted child.” Reacting to Parker's filing, Sparks wrote:
"...the Court is forced to conclude Allan E. Parker, Jr., the attorney whose signature appears on this motion, is anything but competent.
A competent attorney would not have filed this motion in the first place; if he did, he certainly would not have attached exhibits that are both highly prejudicial and legally irrelevant; and if he foolishly did both things, he surely wold not be so unprofessional as to file such exhibits unsealed."
Parker also made an appearance before San Antonio's City Council this past fall as officials considered, and ultimately passed, domestic partner benefits for city employees. Speaking with a host of other religious groups opposing the measure, he made veiled threats of potential legal action against the city, claiming, essentially, that recognizing gay domestic partnerships would put the city out of line with the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.