An NAACP chapter says it was barred from submitting a resolution to the national convention spelling out the toll abortion has taken on African Americans.
The Macon, Ga., chapter of the civil rights group claims it was told the resolution would not be accepted because the chapter didn’t file its required financial reports.
“That’s absurd,” charged Loretta Grier, the Macon chapter president.
“I checked with our secretary and she assured me that the report was filed well before the cut-off date,” Grier said. “Even if resolutions are rejected, they are usually printed for delegates to view. The resolution wasn’t even given that due process; I am deeply troubled by all this.”
The proposed resolution came in response to the NAACP’s recent endorsement of abortion rights.
Grier also is a member of Life Education And Resource Network, or LEARN, a pro-life African-American group which charged the NAACP with censorship for barring the resolution.
“Each day 1,452 Afro-American women are victimized by the abortion industry — 81 percent of those women register some type of psychological complaint, said Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., director of LEARN. “The NAACP’s refusal to allow this resolution is nothing less than censorship. The present leadership is charting a course without a moral compass.”
Childress said the NAACP has “made decisions without consensus or caucus.”
A recent poll by Black Enterprise Magazine showed nearly 60 percent of African Americans disapproved of the NAACP’s decision to endorse the pro-choice position, LEARN points out.
African-American women make up 13.7 percent of the
U.S. population of women of childbearing age, yet the abortion rate among black women is three times higher than of white women, the group says. For every five African-American women that get pregnant, three will abort.
LEARN says since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, more than 14 million black infant’s lives have been terminated by abortion.
“The NAACP needs to be held accountable for their irresponsible endorsements and behavior that only diminishes their great legacy,” Childress said. “It is obvious that the present leadership is out of touch with the NAACP membership and the Afro-American families they represent.”