Martin Luther King, Jr’s Niece: Black Hopelessness Tied to Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 15, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Martin Luther King, Jr’s Niece: Black Hopelessness Tied to Abortion Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 15,

Washington, DC ( — A new poll released by the Pew Research foundation finds that less than half of African Americans believe life will get better for them. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., says that hopelessness found in the black community is because of how abortion is adversely affecting it.

King told the hopelessness documented in the poll is linked in part to the high abortion rate in the black community.

"Children are the future. When you destroy your children, you destroy hope," Dr. King said.

"The incredibly high number of abortions performed on black women in this country has to take a toll not just on the women involved, but also on their families, friends, and communities," King explained.

"If African Americans feel that life will not get better, I have to believe that abortion is feeding into that hopelessness," she told

Alveda King isn’t just speaking theoretically, but knows from personal experience the damage abortion can do to women and families.

"I know from personal experience that abortion causes depression, regret, and despair," she explained about her own abortion.

Yet in that regret and dismay over a past abortion, King knows women can find hope and healing.

"I also know from personal experience that this despair can be healed and the wounded can be brought back to joy and hope through faith," she said.

King said African Americans should concentrate on efforts to reduce or stop abortions in order to restore the black community’s hope.

"What I want the government to do is guarantee our basic rights and the most basic right is the right to life. If we love and welcome our children, optimism for the future can only increase," King concluded.