Black Leaders Davis, Gardner
and King Say Method of Conception Exceptions is a Smoke Screen
(Washington) – Courtesy of Christian Newswire - June 19, 2013 -
In an urgent Juneteenth message, Black Pro-Life women say "America can't truly
be free until Black, Brown and poor women and their babies are free."
Speaking for a growing army of women, the leaders say: "Representative Trent
Franks, a stalwart supporter of life, offered a pain capable bill to prevent
abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy. Immediately, pro-abortion
advocates trotted out their stale arguments that banning abortions after the
fifth month will somehow jeopardize the health of rape and incest victims as
well as women whose health is "endangered by the pregnancy."
"Every time a pro-life Legislator takes steps to rein in the out of control
abortion industry, pro-abortion women attack, repeatedly making these claims.
Omitted from the discussion is the impact abortion has on the woman who
exercises her choice in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and as we learned in the Gosnell
trial sometimes 8th or 9th month of pregnancy. It is time we had that
"Congressman Franks stated that the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancies
that are aborted in the sixth month of pregnancy or later is 'very low.' How is
stating this fact controversial?" asked Alveda King, Director, African American
Outreach, Priests for Life. "He is trying to save babies' lives -- lives like
the late term babies that convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell joked about when he
said they 'could walk to the bus stop.' Rather than have these babies
decapitated and stuffed into juice containers by abortionists such as Gosnell,
Congressman Franks would have them live. For this he is being viciously
"Abortion supporters continually use rape and incest as a smoke screen and I'm
sick of it," said Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union.
"Do women who suffer the terrible and brutal crime of rape sometimes seek an
abortion? Yes! Do women who conceive during rape allow their child to be adopted
into a loving family or decide to raise, love and nurture their child? Yes!
Pro-aborts misuse the terrible crimes of rape and incest to ensure the
continuation of abortion at all costs. The smoke screen is used all too often to
detract from the fact that abortion is a gory and savage practice that kills
babies at all stages of life, and sometimes kills women," Gardner said.
"I am haunted by Tonya Reaves," said Catherine Davis, Founding Member of the
National Black Prolife Coalition. "Planned Parenthood callously left this young
woman bleeding in their facility for more than five hours. They could have and
should have transported her the 1.7 miles to the nearest trauma center where her
life could have been saved after they perforated her uterus and left parts of
the baby inside her. She did not have to die, yet those who claim to be fighting
for women's health have yet to tell women their very lives, like Tonya's, are in
jeopardy," Davis said.
Pro-life advocates believe Representative Franks is right to omit method of
conception exceptions from bills he sponsors. We believe he is right in seeking
to ban abortions after the fifth month when the life and health of the mother is