African Americans: The NAACP Couldn’t Care Less about You and Your Children

Dear Women of the African American Community,

I write this letter in response to a recent resolution promulgated by the National Association of Colored People to show the harm in its words and in its beliefs regarding what it calls “reproductive freedom”—a euphemism for abortion. Abortion is the murder of a preborn child, but the NAACP wants you to believe it’s your “right.” I want you to understand the humanity and the beauty of the preborn child. And I want to help you see the truth that the NAACP does not want to share with you.

The resolution begins: “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People . . . acknowledges reproductive justice as a core principle of civil and human rights and seeks to protect the right of all women, especially African American women, to exercise their reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy safely.”

Did you know that abortion disproportionately affects black babies? The Centers for Disease Control’s latest Abortion Surveillance Report found that 41.5% of abortions in the US are committed on black babies. It also found that “in 2021 compared with white women, abortion rates and ratios were 4.5 and 4.3 times higher among black women.”

The website Protecting Black Life reported that the 2010 Census results showed that Planned Parenthood targets minority neighborhoods and that “79% of its surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.”

These are not new trends. Yet organizations like the NAACP want people—black women especially—to believe that abortion is both a “right” and a vital part of “reproductive freedom.”

But if the NAACP truly cared about you, it would explain the reality of your child’s creation—that a baby is a human being from the moment the sperm fertilizes the egg. And instead of encouraging you to kill your offspring, it would help provide the tools you need so you can raise that baby. It would direct you to pro-life pregnancy centers that offer physical and material assistance and that even provide shelter when needed.

This is what it means to truly love moms and babies.

Misleading you into thinking that bodily autonomy involves killing a baby who resides in your body is wrong and may lead to not only physical problems but mental health problems as well. Abortion regret is real. As Project Rachel—a post-abortive healing ministry—explains, abortion “can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.”

The NAACP resolution goes on to describe reproductive rights as “the composite of human rights that address matters of sexual and reproductive health.” Yet it does not address the fact that babies are human too and have human rights as well.

It then asserts that “the NAACP opposes legislation in every state, the District of Columbia, and all territories that seek to undermine the fundamental right to abortion.”

Let me be clear. There is no right to abortion. In every circumstance, abortion ends in the death of an innocent baby, who has just been stripped of his human rights.

As O. Carter Snead, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, wrote in 2022, “Until the latter part of the 20th century, no one seriously thought that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment—which was ratified in 1868, when abortion was a codified crime in three-fourths of the states—precluded the regulation or restriction of abortion.”

Roe v. Wade invented this Constitutional “right” to abortion that was never intended by the writers.

We don’t need more abortion. We need more programs that educate and equip mothers to not only care for their babies but to attain training or schooling so they can support themselves and their children.

Killing is never the answer.

A brilliant doctor named Mildred Fay Jefferson understood this. Jefferson was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Her legacy is one we celebrate during this Black History Month. Jefferson understood the science; she knew that all preborn babies are alive and deserve a chance to be born, and she spent her life advocating for the vulnerable.

At a National Right to Life Committee convention in 1976, Jefferson stated, “We want to return human affection to such an extent that no mother, no woman, no matter how extreme her economic circumstances, no matter how extreme the difficulties of her life, would not be willing to use that as an excuse or reason for getting rid of the child that she is carrying.”

So while the NAACP encourages women to kill their babies, those of us who understand the value of all human life seek to protect them.

I pray that you see not only your value but the value of your preborn baby. As a single mom myself, I know it can be incredibly difficult, but help is available. There are over 2,700 pro-life pregnancy centers in the US staffed with people who love you and your baby and who will give you the tangible assistance you need. Never be afraid to ask for help.

Please remember that authentic love never involves murder or death. Your beautiful child has a right to life. Organizations like the NAACP want to make you believe that you cannot handle a baby; pro-life organizations want to show you how you can handle your baby.

This article first appeared in the Catholic World Report at catholicworldreport.com/2024/02/18/the-naacp-couldnt-care-less-about-you-and-your-children.

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Susan Ciancio

Susan Ciancio is the editor of Celebrate Life Magazine and executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program.