.- A group of pro-life African-American pastors and other leaders plans this coming Monday to ask the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to join them in demanding that over $300 million in taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood be stopped. Ms. Day Gardner, one of the leaders of the effort, charges that Planned Parenthood is a âracist organizationâ which has âbought offâ presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama.
The group includes NAACP delegate Loretta Grier, Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union, Levon Yuille of the National Black Pro-Life Caucus, and Alveda King, niece of the civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Explaining their motives in a press release, they argue that Planned Parenthood should be defunded for reasons like the revelation earlier this year that a Planned Parenthood development director was willing to accept a donation from an actor posing as a racist donor. In his call to the fundraiser, the supposed donor claimed he wanted to target black babies for abortions.
The group also cites Alan Guttmacher Institute and Center for Disease Control statistics showing that a âhuge majorityâ of abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods. They further cite investigations of Planned Parenthood in Kansas for falsifying documents and preparing illegal late-term abortions and also note accusations that California Planned Parenthood has defrauded taxpayers of over $180 million.
Speaking in a phone interview with CNA, coalition member Day Gardner, founder and president of the National Black Pro-Life Union explained the NAACPâs stand on abortion.
âThe NAACP takes the âposition of no position,â and of course we know that if you donât come out for or against something, usually youâre for it,â she stated.
The demonstratorsâ presence at the NAACP convention, Gardner explained, aimed to bring attention to abortion issues in the black community.
âItâs necessary to state what a lot of America does not know, especially Black America,â she said. âIn the African-American community weâve lost more than 17 million children to abortion.â
She said the demonstration would bring to light âthe fact that Planned Parenthood is a racist organization,â citing the YouTube videos depicting Planned Parenthood fundraisers who were what Gardner described as âhappy and excitedâ to take donations from racist donors.
Describing Planned Parenthood as a âbillion-dollar organization,â Gardner said one-third of the organizationâs funding came from taxpayer monies.
Last month, she noted, her coalition demonstrated at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters, demanding candidates refuse campaign donations from Planned Parenthood.
Day Gardner said her coalition has sent letters to Senator Barack Obama regarding what she called Planned Parenthoodâs âracist pastâ and present day activities which she said included âplanting these abortion facilities in our neighborhoods and targeting African-American girls and women.â
According to Gardner, the coalition has also asked Sen. Obama to refuse any money from Planned Parenthood.
However, she noted, Planned Parenthood has recently endorsed Obama, lamenting that âhe is accepting of, and happy about, that endorsement.â
âHe is not on board with us at all,â Gardner said. âHe knows what this racist organization does, but money is more important to him. Basically theyâre buying him off and his hard work.â