Kay James is president of Black Americans for Life, an organization that seeks to educate and mobilize the black community to oppose abortion. Formed in 1986, the group claims more than 3,000 members in 40 states. In an interview with CHRISTIANITY TODAY, James discussed the goals of Black Americans for Life.
Why Was Black Americans For Life Formed?
Some blacks who are prolife were sitting around a table lamenting that the news media do not recognize the strong prolife constituency in the black community. The National Right to Life Committee, which I serve as director of public affairs, had already started an effort to enlist blacks in the prolife movement. Black Americans for Life took this idea and gave it a new structure, and we’ve become the black caucus of the prolife movement.
Are There Other Reasons Why A Prolife Organization For Blacks Is Needed?
Proabortionists use black people as pawns in advancing their agenda. The school-based clinic movement, for example, stresses the need for clinics in minority communities. We often hear that it’s poor, black women who need counseling on abortion. We felt a black voice was needed to say, “Thanks, but no thanks. We’re not interested.”
What Are The Organization’s Purposes?
Our focus is two-fold. First, to educate the black community about the prolife issues our country is facing, including infanticide and euthanasia. Second, we are mobilizing the prolife sentiment that exists in the black community, but for a variety of reasons has never been pulled together.
Black Americans for Life produces printed materials that address abortion as it relates to the black community. State and local chapters show films at black colleges, and we speak before black ...1
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