FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2011
CONTACT: Kristin Hansen, (703) 554-8742
LANSDOWNE, VA – The arrest on Monday of Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other DC Council members over the issue of funding for Washington D.C. abortions has provoked a strong reaction among African American pro-life leaders. Rev. Dean Nelson, Vice President of Underserved Outreach for Care Net, called the Mayor’s protest a “betrayal of our community. We used to protest to protect the civil rights of our community, not for the right to destroy our unborn children.”
“Women in Washington, D.C. need life-affirming pregnancy options not more abortions,” said Rev. Nelson. Care Net, along with a coalition of African American pastors, is spearheading an effort to establish more urban pregnancy centers that will provide practical help, counseling, and resources to help women carry their pregnancies to term. Washington, D.C. is one of their top locations.
Local black pastors are joining Rev. Nelson in speaking out about Mayor Gray’s action. “Washington, D.C. has a 30 percent abortion rate, and abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community nationwide,” said Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., pastor of Hope Christian Church. “We’re called to save lives and serve women. That is why we will open up a new pregnancy center here in D.C. this year.”
Pregnancy centers provide practical help and emotional support to empower those facing unplanned pregnancies to make an informed and life-affirming pregnancy decision. Care Net is a national organization supporting the work of 1,130 pregnancy center in North America.