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By NWV Staff Writer

Posted 1:02 AM Eastern
June 19, 2004

Officials at Catholic University, located in Washington, DC, have decided to reject an application for an NAACP campus charter because its parent organization supports abortion. This past February and for the first time in its 95 year history, the NAACP officially announced the organizations support of keeping abortion legal.

Julian Bond, NAACP Board Chair, responded to the denial of this application by saying, "This is an issue of equal rights, and we are pleased to join those insisting on a woman's right to control her own body." The NAACP's public statement endorsing abortion cites "public opinion surveys indicate that women of color seek abortions at rates higher than their percentage in the population."

Weighing in on the issue, Dr. Ben Joseph, a retired internal medicine physician in California states, "Thirty-six percent of all abortions are performed on black women while they represent only fourteen percent of the child bearing population. So, one need not be a rocket scientist to deduce that in time, the black race in the USA will become extinct. Yet, the NAACP, led by their President, Kweisi Mfume has decided to perpetuate this genocide of their own people. Mfume even says that Catholic University is intolerant when all the while it appears that it is Mfume who is intolerant -- and of his own race."

NAACP President Kweisi Mfume expressed outrage over this decision, "It is outright discrimination and intolerance all rolled into one,'' Mfume noted this was the first time in decades that a college has rejected a group of students to establish an NAACP affiliate on campus. Mfume is a former Maryland congressman who established himself as a solid supporter of abortion via his voting record during his time in Congress.

Spokesman Victor Nakas maintains the university isn't not guilty of discrimination because two groups already exist that promote the interests of African-American students on campus: the Black Organization of Students at Catholic University of America and Minority Voices.

Catholic University of America was founded by U.S. Bishops. The Catholic Church's stand on abortion is "set in stone." The Church stands firm that human life is sacred, inviolable and rejects "all that violates this sacred gift, beginning with the direct destruction of innocent human life which is abortion."

Mfume has threatened to sue if Catholic University officials don't relent: �We are prepared to bring litigation against Catholic University for violating what we believe is the right of all students in America to free association and equal protection under the law.�

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NAACP President Kweisi Mfume expressed outrage over this decision, "It is outright discrimination and intolerance all rolled into one,''