CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte abortion doctor is facing criticism after a video posted online shows him telling a Christian organization to "adopt one of those ugly black babies."
Operation Save America, a fundamentalist Christian conservative organization based in Texas, posted the video on YouTube on July 30th.
The video shows the group gathered in the front yard of Charlotte doctor Ron Virmani, who is a licensed gynecologist with A Preferred Women's Health Clinic in Charlotte.
In the video, you can see several members of the group in the yard, with Virmani standing in the doorway of his home.
Virmani can be overheard in the video saying "Don't put pregnancy and adoption on the taxpayers."
"What does that got to do with the babies?" members of OSA asked him.
"Don't put it on the taxpayers, okay?" Virmani replied. "I don't wish to pay for the baby with my money."
Group members asked him if he'd rather profit from the babies, referring to his position at the women's clinic.
"I, as a tax payer, do not wish to pay for those babies," he told the group, "to be born and brought up; and kill those people in Colorado."
The members of the group are heard telling Virmani that they do want to pay for the babies.
"Go ahead and pay for them. Let me see you adopt one of those ugly black babies," he yelled back at them.
That phrase has sparked anger across the country.
WBTV attempted to contact Dr. Virmani on Friday afternoon.
A woman by the name of Angie, who works at A Preferred Women's Health Clinic with Virmani, told WBTV that he did not want to go on camera.
She said that she personally knows him and knows that "he is not a racist."
Angie says that Virmani was caught off guard in the video and claims that Operation Save America is only showing a part of the video.
At least five people from the group are seen in the video, including a young boy, but Angie says there were 20 people in his front yard.
"[Virmani] is a person of color himself," Angie told WBTV. She says his entire staff is African-American and that the video was being misconstrued.
When asked if she believed the video as doctored in any way, she simply restated that it was being misconstrued.