This past week, Troy Davis was executed under Georgia's
death penalty laws. He was convicted in
1989 of shooting Police Officer Mark MacPhail.
Many believe he was wrongfully convicted, and a plea for his
clemency was heard from almost a million people worldwide with petitions from Hands
Off Cain, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, William
Sessions, Amnesty International and at least 40 members of the US Congress.
A series of court appeals ended with a unanimous decision
late Wednesday night by the US Supreme Court refusing to block the execution of
the 42-year old Black man.
While it was a great injustice to have one man who seemed to
deserve clemency executed, the greater injustice in numbers alone is the steady
march of executions that eliminates new human lives due to abortion practice in
the United States.
The effort to use the execution of Troy Davis and put
America in an uncomfortable spotlight by comparing our nation with rogue
nations that support the death penalty is important.
Anti-death penalty voices for social justice should remain
determined to overturn the death penalty in our country.
These advocates are committed to aggressive social change
that will stop violence against human beings.
And so are pro-lifers.
It’s so good to see that some death penalty opponents
respect the lives of our unborn, but I cannot understand the reasoning of
anyone who would rush out to defend the women and men on death row and yet
support laws that extinguish innocent children in their mothers' wombs.
I wish they would also commit themselves to defending the
right to life for our unborn children and I wish they would start right here in
New York City’s abortion rate averages at 41 percent. This is almost twice the national
average. The rate among Hispanic
children is 49 percent and the rate among Black children is 59.8 percent.
The innocent lives of Black and Hispanic children
are so undervalued in their mothers' wombs here that more than half of these
children never get the chance to smile or play or be a part of their families.
Our children are treasures – not burdens!
A billboard went up during Black History Month in a New York
neighborhood where abortion rates are at a staggering 67%. The billboard’s message stated a fact: "The most dangerous place for
an African-American is in the womb."
reported that the sign was removed for public safety reasons, citing
harassment by billboard opponents of the restaurant staff in the building where
the billboard was hung.
We must not ignore the facts. Human life, across its entire spectrum, deserves
our care and respect.
I look forward to the day when groups that defend human life
will unite with pro-life organizations to let the world know that all human
life deserves protection and respect.