*While the campaign against abortion advances across the nation, Black churches are allegedly offering support to at-risk mothers who choose to give birth.
According to the Christian Post, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), a Pentecostal-Holiness denomination with over 6.5 million members worldwide, has teamed with pro-life network Human Coalition to aid Black women who would have otherwise “walked in the doors of Planned Parenthood” and has an abortion.
“Quite honestly, many denominations — white and predominantly black denominations — have not taken a stand and literally said, “This is what we stand for,'” Leslie Monet, the international director of COGIC’s Family Life Campaign, told The Christian Post.
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Via Christian Post:
The Family Life Campaign is believed to be the first sustained pro-life campaign launched by a major black denomination in the U.S.
The Family Life Campaign was launched by COGIC’s Presiding Bishop Charles Blake, who voiced concern about what’s happening to children today as data shows that black women disproportionately account for more than one-third of all abortions in the United States.
And in a place like New York City, abortions’ impact on the black community is so great that the number of black babies aborted in the city outnumbers the babies actually born.
“We recognize that Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, was a deeply racist woman. She [advocated] for populations to be decreased because she thought that they were unfit. And that includes the African American community. Throughout history, Planned Parenthood has sought to fulfill Margaret Sanger’s legacy and aimed for our community. And that’s why it is important to the Church of God in Christ,” said Monet.
She notes that COGIC church volunteers have counseled countless women across the nation in hopes of encouraging them to make better life choices.
“When we find that there is a young woman that is unsure, we talk to her, we put her in the direction of these [Human Coalition] pregnancy centers, and we come alongside them to help them make the choice for life,” Monet added.
“And sometimes this involves providing baby items. And sometimes it could be more expensive, where we need to walk with her throughout her pregnancy. That has been such a rewarding process for us to see these young women — not only to save their babies but for them to receive salvation.”
Monet told CP, “We want every member to be engaged about life. We want every member to know the facts about what abortion does, and how we can help our generations to overcome this cycle of death,” she explained. “And we want them to know that there’s a target, in reference to the African-American community that Planned Parenthood or other clinics have to meet their status quo.”
“Pastors, lay people, missionaries and evangelists” are being taught about the initiative and trained with the skills needed to help them better respond to crisis pregnancies in their communities,” the report states.”The church has duplicated this process to be in every church,” Monet said. “We want to see this life campaign in every church.”