Recently I joined Fr. Frank Pavone in announcing my support for Congressman Franks’ introduction of the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (H.R. 3541 PreNDA). Congressman Trent Franks held a press conference prior to a hearing on the bill. I then received a phone call from my good friend Dr. Day Gardner, founder and president of the National Black Pro-Life Union. Here is what she wrote regarding her participation in the press conference and the hearings on PreNDA.
“What I found quite interesting was that media totally ignored the fact that I participated in the press conference representing thousands of blacks who also support PreNDA.
“What I also found interesting were the remarks made by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) at the hearing.
“Rep. Conyers seemed to have one main problem with the bill—it’s name. He insisted that he studied Frederick Douglass more than Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) which I thought was quite amusing and yet terribly insulting. How could he possibly know to what extent any of us, including Rep. Franks, studied Frederick Douglass? He then stated that he had never heard or read Frederick Douglass saying anything about prenatal nondiscrimination. If I were standing, I would have had to sit down for that one.
“Abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ life’s work was eradicating slavery–working to save and enrich the lives of all black people, men , women and children—so that they too, could enjoy that which we all are promised in America–life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you read anything about Frederick Douglass you would know that he never said life and liberty should be only for those who were born already.
“So, with regard to Mr. Conyers, this Frederick Douglass quote comes to mind: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Yes, I am suggesting that Rep. Conyers is a broken man in that he has most certainly forgotten what the “struggle” for civil rights was all about. His very broken soul has bought into the idea that more than anything else—it is age that decides if a man is a human being and deserving of life. “
What the media doesn’t want you to know is that PreNDA is supported by many in the Black community. Dr. Day Gardner spoke at the press conference but was not mentioned by the media. Equally amazing but not unexpected, Dr. Gardner was not given a chance to speak at the hearing.
As more hearings and press conferences are held on PreNDA the Black community will not be ignored. We will continue to show up and let our voices be heard one way or another. As one of the minority groups being targeted by the abortion industry, we have a strong vested interest in what happens with this bill.
I urge everyone to get involved. Contact your representatives in Congress and tell them to support H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.