For Pro-Life People: Martin Luther King’s Dream is Our Dream

Opinion   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 17, 2011   |   2:53PM   |   Washington, DC

Father Frank Pavone draws comparisons between the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the “death day” of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which has given Americans 53 million abortions since.

From his column at the National Catholic Register:

Just seven days separate the commemoration of two of the most important dates in the history of the United States.

Jan. 15, 1929, was the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. For the last 25 years, it has been celebrated as a national holiday.

Jan. 22, 1973, marks the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which, together with that same day’s Doe v. Bolton decision, guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion on demand, for any reason, through all nine months of pregnancy. For the last 38 years, it has been marked by pro-lifers from coast to coast as a day of mourning. To the shame of our nation, it is also celebrated by some as a victory.

These two historic dates might seem to have no obvious connection, and yet they are deeply intertwined. Martin Luther King devoted his life — indeed, lost his life — fighting the inequality imposed on his people by segregation. Roe v. Wade has wounded our nation as well, and we continue to fight the inequality imposed on our youngest children by abortion.