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Young men hold a sign outside the Duke Energy Convention Center July 19 during the NAACP Convention in Cincinnati. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)
Young men hold a sign outside the Duke Energy Convention Center July 19 during the NAACP Convention in Cincinnati. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

“Planned Parenthood is the leading killer of unarmed African Americans,” Reverend Clenard Childress said. “There’s no doubt about it.”

That statement is just part of the message that Childress and a dozen or so with him hoped to impress on attendees of the NAACP Convention in Cincinnati this week. In 2004, the NAACP Board adopted a position as pro-choice, something Childress thinks was a mistake.

A coalition of African American men and women from around the U.S. stood outside the NAACP Convention in Cincinnati July 19 to protest the organization's support for abortion. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)
A coalition of African American men and women from around the U.S. stood outside the NAACP Convention in Cincinnati July 19 to protest the organization’s support for abortion. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Childress is assistant to the national director of the Life Education Resource Network, which he called the largest African American pro-life organization in the U.S. The network also operates the website blackgenocide.org, which aims to raise awareness of the disproportionate number of black children killed in abortion.

He and his group held large signs, some containing graphic images of aborted children, outside the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati during the convention. One sign showed the stages of fetal development and asked, “When do we become persons?”

“We follow the NAACP wherever they go with their conventions and bring as many people as we can until they take up the issue of abortion, and how it is decimating the African American community and how it is causing horrific health ramifications with women,” Childress said. “They are in a gross state of negligence as an African American organization for not having a forum or seminars on abortion.”

Childress called their effort part of the “All Black Lives Matter” project. He said that 1,786 African American babies are aborted each day in the U.S. Putting that in context with recent discussions over police violence— of note 1,136 Americans were killed by police in 2016 — Childress said the abortion situation needs addressed.

“It is the most performed operation on a woman. It is disproportionately African American,” he said. “This is the decimation of a culture and a people that is being aided and abetted by the NAACP. How much of an oxymoron is that? We need to wake up.

“I’m not trivializing Black Lives Matter when it comes to scrutiny of police, he added. “We need to talk about that. We do have issues, but you can’t ignore this.”

Reverend Walter S. Moss, a pastor from Canton, Ohio, was giving out copies of a booklet he wrote called “Why I am a Black Pro-Life Pastor” to those passing by outside the convention center. In the book, he wrote that abortion is one of the top issues facing African Americans as it regards to health.

“I was at a Pro-Life meeting and I realized in my heart, ‘I have got to do more,'” he wrote. “The stats grabbed me. It is not AIDS, not homicide, not cancer, not heart disease, not other related illnesses that lead the causes of deaths in the Black community. By far, the leading cause of death is abortion.”

A representative from the NAACP did not respond to requests for comment by time of publication.

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