COGIC and Other Black Christians Stand Against Abortion as Democrats Move Further Left on the Issue

In this photo made Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, an anti-abortion billboard is shown in Atlanta. The eyebrow-raising ads featuring a young black child are an effort by the anti-abortion movement to use race to rally support within the black community. The reaction from black leaders has been mixed, but the “Too Many Aborted” campaign, which so far is unique to only Georgia, is drawing support from other anti-abortion groups across the country. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Something remarkable just happened in St. Louis that you probably didn’t hear about. The Church of God in Christ, a seven-million-member black denomination, unanimously passed a historic resolution affirming the value and dignity of every human life and opposing the practice of elective abortion in America.

A key excerpt from the Resolution on the Sanctity of Human Life reads:

COGIC is one of the largest historically black Protestant denominations, which also include the National Baptist Convention, the National Baptist Convention of America, the Progressive National Convention, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Like these other groups, COGIC does not have a history of institutional involvement with causes typically associated with the Republican Party. Yet given the direction that abortion policy is moving in this country, its leaders felt compelled to act.

COGIC took initial historic steps into anti-abortion action with the inception of its Family Life Campaign, an initiative aimed at rescuing children from abortion, including the children of COGIC members in difficult pregnancy situations. The initiative is supported by the Human Coalition, a national nonprofit working to end abortion by identifying and meeting the needs of women and families targeted by the abortion industry.

The resolution comes at a time when many Democratic politicians, from presidential candidates to state legislators, are proposing and passing pro-abortion legislation that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. This year, Virginia Del. Kathy Tran introduced legislation that would allow doctors to kill a baby while its mother is in labor. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, which not only legalized abortion through the third trimester but also repealed criminal charges for harming wanted babies in the womb. Vermont passed a bill in June that created a “fundamental right” to an abortion at any stage of pregnancy for any reason. The COGIC resolution is one of the first national-level responses from everyday African Americans pushing back on this radical pro-abortion agenda.

Traditionally, black families value children greatly and welcome them regardless of the circumstances of their birth. During slavery and Jim Crow, the best circumstances for many black families would be considered intolerable today. Yet black families grew to such an extent that eugenicists, like today’s white supremacists, feared white birthrates would be overtaken by the births of the black and brown.

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Source: Washington Examiner