NAACP National Convention Participants Face Pro-Life Perspective on Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
May 11, 2009
Detroit, MI (LifeNews.com) — More than 50 pro-life advocates showed up at the national NAACP convention last week bearing signs and pictures urging participants to adopt the pro-life perspective on abortion. The NAACP has repeatedly overlooked the pro-life views of many of its members to adopt an official pro-abortion position.
Last year, Rev. Clenard Childress, a New Jersey pastor, and a leader of the black pro-life group LEARN, protested the 2008 national convention of the civil rights organization.
This year, Levon Yuille, a pastor and leader of the National Black Pro-life Congress sponsored a protest involving dozens of pro-life African-Americans along with a special guest, Pastor Walter Hoye.
Hoye was recently released from prison in Oakland, where he served a jail sentence after reusing to abide by what he considered an unconstitutional law targeting his free speech rights to share the pro-life message at abortion centers in the city.
Monica Migliorino Miller from Citizens for a Pro Life Society and Rebecca Gabryel, a leader of the Michigan chapter of Rock for Life also participated.
"Many of the thousands of attendees to the NAACP convention were exposed to the truth that African American babies are being wiped out across the nation," the participants told LifeNews.com. "The NAACP not only ignores the fact that millions of babies have died, they support the candidates who encourage the genocidal practice of abortion in the black community."
They were disappointed that none of the local Detroit mainstream media outlets covered their protest of the convention.
Previously, Childress has said that, historically, the NAACP "has failed to address the concerns of many of its delegates about abortion."
He pointed to a 2004 resolution voicing support for equal access to abortion and urging its members to participate in a pro-abortion rally in Washington. Then, in 2007, the NAACP, for the second time in four years, blocked a proposed resolution expressing opposition to abortion.
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