NAACP Threatens LifeNews for Reporting Its Abortion Advocacy
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/13/14 11:06 AM
For many years, LifeNews.com has brought national attention to the fact that the NAACP takes a strongly pro-abortion position, has worked hand in hand with pro-abortion groups and have actively opposed pro-life legislation.
In February, the NAACP threatened to sue LifeNews.com and Ryan Bomberger, a LifeNews blogger , for a column that took the civil rights organization to task over its abortion position. The NAACP is upset about a column Bomberger wrote at LifeNews titled, “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People,” which notes the organization’s 44th Annual Image Awards.
Following the piece, the NAACP sent Bomberger, the director of the Radiance Foundation, and LifeNews a threatening letter claiming infringement on its name and logo for including it in the opinion column. Eventually the NAACP dropped LifeNews from its attempt to silence Bomberger’s pro-life reporting.
In a departure from centuries of case law defending the right to free speech, U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Jackson issued a ridiculous order essentially denying Bombverger’s free speech and preventing him from writing, producing or saying anything criticizing the NAACP over its pro-abortion position.
Not content to stifle Bomberger’s free speech and even though the lawsuit is not final — Bomberger is appealing the decision to stand up for his free speech — the NAACP is now threatening LifeNews again.
The venerable civil rights group has sent LifeNews a threatening letter [see images left and right] promising legal action and threatening to sue LifeNews for monetary damages for keeping Bomberger’s story online at LifeNews. The NAACP is also upset that LifeNews exposed its opposition to a pro-life bill in Arizona that bans raced-based abortions. In other words, the top civil rights organization in the country that ostensibly is supposed to protect black Americans is opposed to a bill that prevents abortions on babies specifically because they’re African-American!
The NAACP alleges LifeNews is in violation of the court order silencing Bomberger and revoking his free speech.
“Unless we receive, by no later than the close of business on Friday, June 13, 2014, your written confirmation that you have [removed these two articles from the LifeNews web site] we intent to bring the matter before the court,” the NAACP threatens in its letter. “We will ask the Court to hold you and organization in contempt … and award NAACP monetary sanctions and other relief.”
Essentially, the NAACP is willing to spend its vast resources on a team of attorneys to potentially bankrupt LifeNews simply because we exposed the NAACP as the abortion advocacy group it really is. In its efforts to silence Bomberger, the NAACP attorney appeared in court with an entourage of associate attorneys and spared no expense to silence his pro-life criticism. Now the NAACP is threatening to do the same to LifeNews.
Our pro-life attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom are preparing our official response to the NAACP. The organization can make all the threats it wants, but LifeNews will not stop highlighting the NAACP’s pro-abortion views because abortion has decimated the black community.
More black babies are aborted in New York City, the home of Planned Parenthood, than are born alive. Abortion alone has taken the lives of over 16 million black children. For every 100 live births in the African-American community, another 77 are aborted.
African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average, according to a new study. The African-American abortion rate, according to the study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, is 41 per 1,000 women among the 15-19 year old age group. The national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000 women among 15-19-year-olds.