Black Pro-Life Advocates Protest NAACP’s Pro-Abortion Stance

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 8, 2013   |   4:18PM   |   Washington, DC

Last week, on the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, black pro-life advocates and former members of the NAACP staged a protest during which they condemn the civil rights group’s pro-abortion stance.

As reported on TownHall, Rev. Edward Pinkney, President of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), former President of the Benton Harbor chapter of the NAACP and organizer or the demonstration, said: “We are sick and tired of the NAACP coming into our communities and actually ‘pimping.'”

“Fifty percent of the African American babies that are being born today are aborted—we’re concerned about that—yet the NAACP supports Planned Parenthood,” Pinkney said, “so it’s time that we tell the NAACP no more.”

Earlier this year, the NAACP threatened to sue LifeNews.com and black pro-life leader Ryan Bomberger, a LifeNews blogger, for a recent 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.

The NAACP passed 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.

The Georgia chapter of the NAACP came under fire in 2010 for withdrawing its support for a bill advancing in the Georgia state legislature that would ban abortions done specifically because the child is African-American.

The decision drew criticism from Star Parker, a nationally syndicated pro-life black columnist.

“Why would a bill that criminalizes abortion motivated by race not have the support of the NAACP? Or, even more perplexing, why would the NAACP endorse such a bill and then rescind its endorsement?” she asked.

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“After the bill moved to the House for passage, suddenly Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP, had a change of heart. In a statement withdrawing NAACP’s support for the bill, DuBose claimed they didn’t “fully understand” it when they endorsed it,” she added. “It’s not news that an abortion holocaust is taking place in black America. Blacks, about 12 percent of our population, account for almost 40% of the abortions that are performed nationwide each year.”

NAACP officials rushed to defend the nation’s largest abortion business after videos were released showing Planned Parenthood staffers helping alleged sex trafficking ring operators. A collection of 27 organizations, including the civil rights group, sent a letter to Congress asking lawmakers to resist the urge to support a bill sponsored by Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana to cut the millions in taxpayer funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives through the federal family planning program.

The NAACP also opposed a bill in Congress to ban abortion based on the race of the baby.

The nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization has gone as far as denouncing a pro-life educational billboard campaign aimed at drawing attention to the high black abortion rate and valuing the life of black children.