NAACP Convention Sees Black Pro-Life Advocates Condemn Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
July 15, 2008
Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) — Yesterday, African-Americans kicked off the 99th annual conference for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Though Barack Obama was on-hand as the first black presidential candidate, black pro-life advocates there said he doesn’t represent them.
Several pastors and dozens of black pro-life people, including NAACP members, said the organization shouldn’t turn a blind eye to how abortion disproportionately hurts black women.
The protestors included Dr. Alveda King, a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King who told the Wall Street Journal she knows what abortion does to women — having had two abortions herself.
"I remember when I was pregnant and considering a third abortion," she says.
"I went to Daddy King [her grandfather and Martin Luther King’s father]. He told me, ‘that’s a baby, not a blob of tissue,’" she explained.
‘Unfortunately, 14 million African-Americans are not here today because of legalized abortion. It’s as if a plague swept through America’s cities and towns and took one of every four of us," she added.
Day Gardner, the president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, also spoke at a press conference with King and others on Monday at the Duke Convention Center.
"As a child I thought the NAACP to be a superhero organization; an organization that would fight racism right down to its very core," she said.
However, she said NAACP leaders need to have their eyes opened to the racist agenda of Planned Parenthood — with black women 4.8 times more likely to have an abortion than a white woman and PP officials taking donations from racist callers.
"We are here to rally the NAACP–to make our voices heard as we shout in unison–all across this great nation that the struggle is not yet over," she said. "The evil hand of racism is still at work in this country and living in the bowels of Planned Parenthood."
Ultimately, Gardner wants black leaders to stand up against the $300 million Planned Parenthood receives in government funding.
"The question of the day is: Why are we forced to pay well over 300 MILLION dollars to an organization that is overtly racist and drenched in the blood of black folk?" she asked.
"We are calling on the NAACP to stand boldly with us to defund Planned Parenthood, and in even lead the way in this, the greatest struggle for civil rights," she concluded.
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