Alveda King Calls Abortion 'Racist'
Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke out powerfully Monday against abortion and in favor of the forces of life, as she called abortion "selfish," "racist," and among the worst inhumanities of our times.
"Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error," King said, according to a released statement.
"The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives. Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness," she added.
King continued, "We create the deceptions that the other person is less important, less worthy, less human."
"We are all fully human. When we face this truth, there is no justification for treating those who look different than us as lesser beings. If we simply treat other people the way we'd like to be treated, racism, abortion, and other forms of inhumanity will be things of the past," she said.
King, who had two abortions, has spoken frequently at pro-life rallies about the traumatic, lingering effects of abortion on women and its connection to racism.
At a Black History Month rally in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, she noted the huge abortion rates that were destroying African American communities, calling abortion a "racist, genocidal act."
King also generated media attention when she spoke out in favor of life earlier this month during her uncle's 40th anniversary commemoration event, likening the fight against abortion to the historic struggle of civil rights.
"The fight against abortion is a new frontier in the civil rights movement," she told the Daily Journal.
"Seventy-eight percent of Planned Parenthood offices are in black neighborhoods. Blacks make up 12 percent of the U.S. population but have 37 percent of the abortions," she said.
"My uncle said that the Negro cannot prevail if he's willing to sacrifice the future of his children for immediate comfort and convenience," she added.
Dr. Alveda King, a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, which is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization, is a former two-term member of the Georgia House of Representatives and founder of King for America – "a faith based organization whose purpose is to the enrich the lives of people spiritually, socially, intellectually and economically."