Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Opposes Abortion as Black History Month Ends

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 22, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Opposes Abortion as Black History Month Ends Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 22
, 2007

Ft. Wayne, IN ( — As Black History Month draws to a close, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr spoke to an audience in Indiana and reminded them how abortion has decimated the African-American community. She shared her pro-life views with students at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

King notes that abortion has disproportionately affected the black community. While black women constitute about 13% of the childbearing population, they have over one-third of the abortions.

The abortion rate of black women is three times higher than that of white women and 60% of African-American women who become pregnant will have an abortion. More than 14 million abortions have been done on black women and abortion businesses are frequently located in minority communities.

She shared with the students the story of her own two abortions — one she decided to have and another her doctor did on her saying he didn’t think she would want children.

King wound up having six kids and loves her family.

She told the audience that her stance about abortion changed after she saw a sonogram of her son, who is now 30 years old. Her husband convinced her not to have an abortion.

“I saw that picture,” King said, “and I said, ‘That’s not a blob of tissue, that’s a person.’"

King also shared stories of her father, civil rights activist A.D. King, who was killed one year after Martin Luther King Jr. She told the audience about having her home bombed after marching for civil rights, and about her parents almost aborted her until her father saw a vision of her in a dream.

Speaking of dreams, King said abortion does an injustice to the one the renowned civil rights leader shared decades ago.

"I join the voices of thousands across America who can no longer sit idly by and allow this horrible spirit of murder to cut us down," King says. "If the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is to live, our babies must live."

Polls show a majority of black Americans take a pro-life position on abortion.

In August of 2004, in a survey sponsored by Pace University and Rock the Vote, 54% of all Americans declared themselves pro-life while just 44% said they supported legal abortion. However African-American voters took a pro-life position by a larger 59% to 42% margin.