Pro-Life African-Americans to Protest Abortion at NAACP Centennial Convention
by Steven Ertelt
July 13, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Dozens of pro-life advocates are expected in New York City as the NAACP marks 100 years of serving as the nation’s largest civil rights group for African-Americans. The black pro-life advocates will be educating participants on how abortion targets the African-American community.
They will also educate convention participants how the NAACP has ignored abortion’s affect on black Americans by taking a pro-abortion position.
Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., the head of the northeast chapter of the black pro-life group LEARN will head up the educational efforts.
"The NAACP continues to ignore the severe health ramifications for women who have abortions," he told LifeNews.com on Monday.
"A disproportionate number are African-American," he explained. "African-American women now lead the nation in miscarriages and the rise in breast cancer among African-American women is epidemic. Multiple studies find this is due directly to abortions, especially among women who abort in their first pregnancy."
"With the present administration’s aggressive abortion agenda it is ever more imperative that the NAACP inform its body of the decimating effects of abortion on the Afro-American community," he added.
Childress, a New Jersey pastor, 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.
"Each day 1,786 African American children are aborted. According to the US Census of 2006 African Americans are at 1.96 birth rate which is beneath the replacement level of 2.1," Childress explains.
"The organization founded for the national advancement of colored people is working in conjunction with the ideology of racist population control groups which advocates the national depletion of colored people, such as Planned Parenthood," Childress says. "How else can you explain the continual censoring and disregard for their own chapters resolutions and by-laws by the national board?"
Childress said the centennial convention comes at an ironic time — when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg admitted she previously thought Roe v. Wade was worthy of support to limit "particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of."
"America should not at all be surprised" by Ginsburg’s remarks, Childress said.
This is the second national NAACP event this year, as the organization held a national convention in May.
There, 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.
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