Walter Hoye

The Negro Project, Colored Ministers Past

In Abortion on September 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

The Negro Project, Colored Ministers Past

On May 5th, 1966 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award to honor the woman who founded America’s family planning movement. On June 13, 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court. According to Americans United for Life, “while many of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s legal endeavors deserve the praise and gratitude of the nation, his written opinions on abortion do not.” Justice Thurgood Marshall stated that “denial of a Medicaid-funded abortion is equivalent to denial of a legal abortion altogether.” Justice Marshall also acknowledged that “the state could restrict abortion, but thought parental notification laws did not pass even ‘rational basis’ scrutiny.”

The Negro Project, Colored Ministers Present

In January 1977, the Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote a 1,000+ word essay for the National Right to Life News. In one of his many statements on the sanctity of life, Jackson said: “as a matter of conscience I must oppose the use of federal funds for a policy of killing infants.” However, in 1988, in an effort to become the first Black President of the United States of America, Jackson flipped and said abortion is acceptable because “it is not right to impose private, religious and moral positions on public policy.” The strategy to recruit Black leaders is still working today. According to Catherine Davis, Director of Minority Outreach for Georgia Right to Life, there were 18,901 abortions performed on black women in Georgia in 2008, amounting to 60% of all abortions performed in the state. Nevertheless, earlier this year, Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP endorsed and then rescinded his endorsement of a Georgia bill that criminalizes abortion motivated by race. According to a NAACP press release, DuBose said they came to the realization that the bill amounted to “nothing more than using women’s health as a political tool.”

The Truth About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While Planned Parenthood continues to use Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project strategy to recruit Black leaders today, Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sets the record straight for her uncle. “Every year Planned Parenthood tries to imply that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would approve of what it does today because he received an award from the organization 44 years ago,” Sister King says: “Every year they lie. My Uncle stood for equal protection and non-violence, two concepts that Planned Parenthood violates every day by being the nation’s largest abortion business.” Dr. Alveda King tells me her uncle “did not attend the event where his award was presented. We don’t even know if he wrote the words of the acceptance speech that was read at the banquet. Alveda continues her conversation with me by saying: “Abortion on demand was unthinkable in 1966 and to assume her uncle’s receipt of that award constitutes his endorsement of the business of Planned Parenthood (i.e., taking human lives) is outrageous.” As I sit and think, I wonder, as men of God, if any of our loved ones (i.e., our wives, our children, the members of our congregation, etc.) would be able to speak boldly about our commitment to life.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

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