National Black Catholics for Life has penned an open letter to President Donald J. Trump thanking him for his continued support for the sanctity of life for all human beings especially the unborn. We know that he has been the most prolife president in the history of our nation. In this time of racial turmoil, when the Black Lives Matter movement is on the mind of our nation, we are asking President Trump to re-affirm the lives of the Black babies in the womb and help us bring their plight to the forefront.
Dear Mr. President,
We, the National Black Catholics for Life, want to thank you for standing up to protect the lives of our unborn children and for religious liberty on every occasion.
We were among those who applauded as you stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, and held up the Word of God in declaration of its supremacy for all to see. We believe that all religious leaders should be cheering this expression of faith and your commitment to peace and promoting religious liberty for all who believe in God and upholding His will for mankind.
We were very proud and grateful when you visited the Saint Pope John Paul II National Shrine on the invitation of the Knights of Columbus, accompanied by your beautiful wife, First Lady Melanie Trump. What a beautiful moment it was for all of us who revere St. Pope John Paul II, the pope of life. He certainly would be well pleased with your efforts on behalf of the unborn.
Your public advocacy for religious freedom has been unwavering. Soon after you became President, in the Rose Garden ceremony in May 2017, you signed an order that declared that no member of the clergy would ever again have to fear becoming politically involved.
You have stood up time and time again for conscience rights for health-care workers who choose not to take part in an abortion procedure or assisted suicide. You also took the side of employers resisting the unjust Obamacare mandate to provide abortifacient drugs and devices to their employees.
You, President Trump, restored the Word of God in Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and allowed federal funds to flow to faith-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
You announced to the whole world during your speech to the United Nations that the United States of America “calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.”
Your efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable Americans, our brothers and sisters in the womb, have saved millions of lives. You have filled your administration with officials dedicated to restoring the sanctity of life to the unborn. You have appointed more than 200 pro-life judges to the federal bench, including the Supreme Court; and your administration supports pro-life laws being challenged in the courts. You have cut off Title X funding to abortion providers in the U.S. and overseas.
In a historic first for a U.S. President, you addressed hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers at the 2020 Annual March for Life in our nation’s capital.
Even with all of these meaningful accomplishments, we are here, humbly, to ask you to consider this special request. Please assist the National Black Catholics for Life, in our efforts to advocate for black babies in the womb who are disparately victimized by the abortion industry. These children die at rates way out of proportion to America’s Black population. They are targeted by an abortion industry that systematically place their surgical killing centers in neighborhoods populated by Blacks and Hispanics. In your hometown, New York City, more black babies are aborted than are brought to birth. Abortion has been rightfully declared by many organizations, including ours, as Genocide against Black People. Planned Parenthood has accomplished more than what the KKK could only have imagined and based on its history should be declared as a “hate group”.
At this moment, in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement officers, throughout the world much attention is being paid to racism and to the Black Lives Matter movement. Sadly, black babies being killed in the womb are not part of the national conversation. It is our intention to raise this issue within the Catholic Church, among Black Catholics and throughout the civil rights community. With your assistance we can shine a spotlight on these invisible children and this terrible yet unspoken injustice. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The grave injustice of abortion is certainly a threat to justice everywhere.
In addition to racism there is another great injustice. The legal rights of the father who wants to protect his child has never been established. His absence from the family unit is fueling the abortion epidemic. By promoting jobs and economic opportunities for young black men you are addressing this and many of the other disparities that plaque Black America.
Will you help us shine a spotlight on these invisible children? With your help, we can begin to address this terrible yet unspoken injustice. We pray that you will continue in your strong stand to promote laws that will protect and promote life, liberty and justice for all.
Dr. Loretto Grier-CudjoeAssociate of the Sisters of the Blessed SacramentParishioner at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Macon, GA
Joseph G. KingPro-Life Advocate
YG Nyghtstorm4th Degree Knights of Columbus
Dr. Sonia Miles, MDBoard Certified in Adult Psychiatry
Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Member of the Catholic Medical Association
Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, GA
Dr. Patricia Belt CudjoePhysician