An NAACP leader refused to acknowledge unborn babies as human beings who deserve civil rights in December when she described abortion as a “fundamental right.”
Though abortion kills more African Americans than any other cause, the NAACP has promoted it for years in contradiction to its civil rights work.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill reminded Americans of its pro-abortion stance when she criticized the Mississippi solicitor general for comparing abortion to racial segregation, according to the Daily Beast.
The comments that upset Ifill so much came from Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart and several U.S. Supreme Court justices when Mississippi urged the court to overturn Roe v. Wade on Dec. 1.
Stewart and several justices brought up the case Plessy v. Ferguson during oral arguments as an example of how the Supreme Court has erred in the past. In Plessy, the court ruled that racial segregation was constitutional as long as facilities were “separate but equal.” The court later overturned the ruling.
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Ifill slammed the comparison of the two cases, ignoring how both denied individual rights to historically oppressed groups of human beings.
“An accurate command of American history makes clear that there is and should be no comparison between Roe and Plessy…” she responded in a statement. “Roe recognized a fundamental right; Plessy was an affront to the very idea of universal individual rights and equality in the United States.”
Ifill continued, “While Roe recognized that the liberty protected by the federal Constitution includes the right of women to access abortion care, Plessy endorsed and upheld a racial apartheid system that denied the equality, dignity, and humanity of Black people in the United States.”
What she failed to recognize is that Roe also denies the humanity of people – children of all races and colors in the womb — and allows them to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. Since 1973, about 63 million unborn babies have been aborted, approximately 20 million of whom were black.
While abortions hurt families of every race and color, black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And New York City health statistics show that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born most years.
Pro-life leader Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., frequently describes abortion as the civil rights issue of our day and calls on Americans of all races and cultures to work together to restore protections to unborn babies.
In December, the Supreme Court heard a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Lawyers for the state of Mississippi asked the high court to overturn Roe or, at the very least, allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion by 15 weeks.
A ruling is not likely until the spring or summer of 2022.