Pro-Life Group Disappointed With NAACP's Stand on Abortion

Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:04pm EDT
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( - A pro-life group is expressing its disappointment with the NAACP for the civil rights group's stand on abortion.

On Feb. 24, the NAACP announced that its board voted to take a pro-abortion stand on the abortion issue.

"Sadly, many African-American women have believed the lies of pro-abortion groups and have aborted their children," said Day Gardner, director of Black Americans for Life, in a statement.

"After all that we, as Black Americans, have endured and achieved, to have the NAACP support abortion-on-demand, which has destroyed over 400,000 Black babies this year alone, is incomprehensible," Gardner added.

Black Americans for Life is an outreach of the National Right to Life Committee, the nation's largest pro-life group.

According to the group, African-American women make up only 13.7 percent of the nation's population of women of child-bearing age, yet the abortion rate among black women is three times higher than that of white women.

This is no accident, the group said. Over 70 percent of all abortion providers are in minority communities, and 94 percent of abortion providers are in metropolitan areas, compared with only two percent of pregnancy resource centers.

"We have the highest abortion rate in the country. Black women should not be silent when it comes to this abomination," said Gardner. "We must break the cycle."

Planned Parenthood, she noted, is America's leading abortion promoter and provider and identifies its "core clients" as "young women, low-income women, and women of color."

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