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McKee: Growing Army of Black Pro-Lifers Targets Abortion

By    |   Tuesday, 12 June 2012 05:35 PM EDT

Clarence V. McKee's Perspective: There is a major war going on. Not the one in Afghanistan — the one here to stop the number one killer of blacks — abortion.

On one side the well-funded Goliath army of pro-abortion advocates — Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and scores of others. On the other, the small but growing army of black pro-life organizations.

Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is photographed in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 2010.
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The black pro-life movement is making its voice heard in black communities. For example, the Radiance Foundation’s “Black Children Are an Endangered Species” and campaigns inform black women of the perils of being captured by the “abortion army.”

They have gotten the opposition’s attention. What’s the message?

Black pro-life groups estimate that, since Roe v. Wade, abortion has killed between 13-15 million black infants — more than all other causes of black deaths combined.

Rev. Johnny Hunter of The Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) said: “We're losing our people at the rate of 1,452 a day. That's just pure genocide.” Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has said: “Abortion is genocide . . . black Americans are being exterminated by the genocidal acts of abortion.”

The issue came to a boil during the recent debate on House Bill 3541 the “Prenatal Discrimination Act” (“PRENDA”) sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). In its final form, the measure would have banned gender-based abortions.

It is not generally known, however, that Franks’ original language also banned abortions based on race or color. It also had a different title: “The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011” named after women’s rights and anti-slavery advocate Susan B. Anthony and former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglas.

The abortion lobby launched a massive assault claiming the bill was an attempt to limit abortion access for women of color and their right to privacy in violation of Roe v. Wade; undermined the doctor-patient privilege; and, exacerbated healthcare disparities of women of color.

In typical “Neville Chamberlain” appeasement fashion, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee agreed to delete the Anthony-Douglas reference. Although the bill passed, all 13 Democrats — including the six black Members — still voted against it.

As final action on the bill approached — and notwithstanding Franks’ earlier statement that “nearly half of all black babies are aborted” — Republican leaders caved again and entered into a “Dred Scott” type compromise to remove the racial components, leaving only the gender-based ban.

One could argue that they sold out Franks, the Black pro-life movement and babies of color!

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters “Americans find abortions based on gender pretty repulsive . . . That’s why it's being brought to the floor.”

My question for the Speaker: What about race-based abortions, are they not repulsive as well?

Members of the Black Pro-Life Coalition told me that they were “saddened, disheartened, and disappointed” after learning that Republican allies had joined forces with pro-choice Democrats and the CBC in the “eleventh hour” compromise.

The bill still failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote. Out of the 38 CBC Members who voted on the final bill, 37 supported “womb lynching” and voted no. The only two black Republicans in the House —Allen West, R-FL, and Tim Scott, R-SC — voted yes.

Why would the NAACP and the CBC oppose aborting a child based on race or sex? Jerome Hudson of the Black Conservative group Project 21 writing in the Daily Caller said: “The NAACP’s leadership is putting political expediency and ideology before the interests of the people the organization supposedly represents. Why else would so-called advocates for the black community tacitly support the holocaust of unborn black babies?”

Bull’s eye!

How does the NAACP, CBC and most of the black political and civil rights establishment justify their position to their black constituencies?

Easy — come up with a song more acceptable and less sinister to black women. How? The answer came on May 10 at a Conference co-hosted by the CBC to plot strategies to fight the anti-abortion messages of the black pro-life movement: frame the issue as the need for quality healthcare and education in the black community; end disparities in healthcare and education; and, redirect the conversation from the unborn to “what are you doing to help the children already here” among others.

Sound familiar?

Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, one of four pro-life infiltrators said: “They already know the abortion rate is very high in the black community. They just don’t care . . .”

King summed up the meaning of the PRENDA defeat. She told me: “why would the Congressional Black Caucus sign on to a compromise to protect little white female babies and throw little black babies under the bus?

This sent a signal to the whole world that they consider little white female babies a bit more precious than little black babies. The tragedy is that by doing so, we lost all of them.”
So true!

Clarence V. McKee is President of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political and media relations consulting firm in Coral Springs, FL. Contact him at Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 05:35 PM
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