by Steven Ertelt
February 28, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A group of highly touted African-American pro-life leaders closed out Black History Month with a press conference at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington. The event drew pastors, parents, leaders, and activists from across America to call on abortion advocates to stop preying on the black community.
The activists also led a prayer vigil at a local abortion business and attended an afternoon Capitol Hill reception at the Cannon House Office Building.
Ironically the event comes on the heels of a new investigative report from pro-life students at UCLA who say Planned Parenthood abortion businesses accepted a fake donation from an actor calling and pretending to give it to increase black abortions.
Day Gardner, the head of the National Black Pro-Life Union, talked about the significance of the black community as both victims of abortion and instigators in ending it.
"Throughout the month of February, we take one month out of the year to remember the tragedies and celebrate the triumphs of African Americans in history, but the struggle for civil rights is not yet over," she told LifeNews.com.
"We are the underground railroad of our time and it’s up to us to make abortion a thing of our historical past," she explained.
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a representative of Priests for Life, was also one of the participants in the event.
As Black History Month comes to a close and we move forward, we cannot forget the devastating impact abortion on demand has had and continues to have on African-Americans, she told LifeNews.com.
Abortion has wiped out one out of four blacks in the United States. Thats 15 million Americans who have been denied the most fundamental civil right, the right to life," she said.
Rev. Arnold Culbreath of Protecting Black Life, Rev Dr. Levon Yuille of the National Black Pro-Life Congress, Star Parker of Urban C.U.R.E., Claude Allen of Gerard Health Foundation and Sylinthia Stewart of Aftermath Ministeries were some of the other black pro-life luminaries to attend.