Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece: Abortion and Racism Have Same Roots

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 14, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 14
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says racism and abortion are linked and have the same roots in justifying immoral actions based on selfish desires. Dr. Alveda King, who knows the pain of abortion and racism first-hand, has become a leader in the pro-life movement.

"Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error," King told on Monday.

"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 explained.

King says abortion and racism are both based on deceptions that have members of society viewing some people as less worthy of living or less important than others based on arbitrary factors.

"Of course, to get someone out of our way, we have to come up with rationales for doing so," she said about the basis for both problems.

"We create the deceptions that the other person is less important, less worthy, less human," King told "These pretenses help us feel a bit better about discriminating against someone because of his skin color or gestational age, but they’re still lies and our actions are still wrong."

To reduce, and eventually stop, abortions, King says the same methods of promoting racial healing can be used to foster a higher respect for the dignity and worth of human life.

"The truth is that we are all humans belonging to only one race," King, who works with Priests for Life as a speaker, says.

"Racial reconciliation can only mean that we reconcile to the truth that we are all one race of human beings created equal," King said. "Even though we have ethnic distinctions, those distinctions do not separate us from the human race any more than do our stage of development or state of physical dependency."

King concludes: "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."