(CNSNews.com) - Dozens of pastors and pro-life activists attending the 99th annual NAACP conference in Cincinnati this week are calling on that organization to help de-fund the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“Racism lives at Planned Parenthood,” said Dr. Alveda King, pastoral associate of the group Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during a rally on Monday.
“I say to my fellow NAACP members: It's time we tell the government to stop funding racism.
"Planned Parenthood will gladly accept donations for the specific purpose of aborting only black babies,” King said. “It locates its clinics in or near minority neighborhoods. It has led the way in eliminating African-Americans to the point where one-quarter of the black population is now missing because of abortion.”
King, who had two abortions before adopting a pro-life position, called on the nation's oldest civil rights organization to remember its mission statement: “To ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.”
“Planned Parenthood is anti-life,” she said, “and we are here to say enough is enough!"
Another speaker at the rally was Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union. She said that, “as a child, I thought the NAACP to be a super-hero organization; an organization that would fight racism right down to its very core.”
However, she stressed that NAACP leaders need to have their eyes opened to the racist agenda of Planned Parenthood – which results in black women being 4.8 times more likely to have an abortion than a white woman.
"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.”
Gardner also spoke about the federal tax dollars that go to Planned Parenthood and said it was time for Congress to end the funding.
Planned Parenthood is a “billion-dollar baby-killing machine that receives the bulk of its blood money from the vicious dismembering and killing of innocent children,” said Gardner, “and one-third of that billion dollars comes from you and me, the taxpayer.”
“Why are we forced to pay well over $300 million to an organization that is overtly racist and drenched in the blood of black folk?" Gardner asked. "We are calling on the NAACP to stand boldly with us to defund Planned Parenthood, and even lead the way in this, the greatest struggle for civil rights.”
Telephone calls seeking comment for this article from officials at the NAACP and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) were not returned by press time on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of the PPFA, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.
The fund gave its endorsement to the Illinois Democrat, stating on its Web site that “he will improve access to quality health care for women, support and protect a woman's right to choose, support comprehensive sex education to keep our young people healthy and safe, and invest in prevention programs, including family planning services and breast cancer screenings."
But Gardner, in a press release, said: “By kow-towing to the abortion industry, Obama proves he is just another politician, as he purposely overlooks the fact that 63 percent of Planned Parenthood’s 860 clinics are in African-American communities.”
Gardner added that the endorsement reminded her of a quote from Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger on the logistics of how she wanted to “wipe out the black population.”
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds and with engaging personalities,” Sanger wrote in a 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble. “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
“Shame on Barack Obama for allowing himself to be used to bring Margaret Sanger one step closer to her goal,” Gardner said.