Angela Stanton-King used to be pro-choice on abortion.
Then her friendship with Alveda King, a pro-life leader and the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., changed all that.
Now, Stanton-King believes that abortion is a grave human rights injustice that has led to a “black genocide” in America.
The Christian Post reports Stanton-King recently spoke about her pro-life convictions at the premier of the new movie “Roe v. Wade” on Feb. 26 at C-PAC.
“I’m here today because it’s important for us to make sure that we are speaking out and making sure that the black community is aware of this black genocide, how abortion has specifically targeted black life,” she told the news outlet.
Stanton-King has a powerful personal story that includes choosing life for her own children in difficult circumstances.
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In 2004, she chose life for her unborn baby while she was in jail for participating in a car theft ring. She gave birth to a baby girl while handcuffed to a bed, and her child was taken away from her 24 hours later, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported previously. When she finished her sentence, she said she re-entered society without any money or a job.
Those difficult circumstances prompted her to become an advocate for unborn babies as well as criminal justice reform. She celebrated in 2018 when President Donald Trump signed a bill to prohibit the shackling of pregnant women in federal custody.
“When we are saying that ‘black lives matter,’ we have to acknowledge the fact that black life begins in the womb,” she told the Christian Post. “So when we talk about white supremacy, the black community needs to understand that they’re playing a role in white supremacy when they’re aborting the black lives of their own children.”
Because her godmother, Alveda King, is getting older, Stanton-King said she feels even more strongly about speaking out for unborn babies herself.
“Now that she has kind of grown a little bit older, she’s passing the torch and I’m here to be a voice to let people know, ‘Hey, when we say ‘black lives matter,’ we’re gonna talk about Roe v. Wade and why it needs to be overturned,” Stanton-King said. “Civil rights for life! We are fighting! We just want people to understand how important it is for people of color to understand how they have been targeted.”
Since abortion became legal in the U.S. in 1973, an estimated 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted, many of them at Planned Parenthood. In New York City, city health data indicates that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born each year.
Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions.
A recent study by Life Issues Institute found that 86 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located in or near African American and Latino neighborhoods.
And even Planned Parenthood itself recently admitted that its founder, Margaret Sanger, held eugenics beliefs “rooted in racism, ableism and classism” and removed her name from its New York City facility. Hundreds of Planned Parenthood employees also accused its leaders of racism last year.
Stanton-King said she wants to help others in the black community realize the truth about abortion just as Alveda King helped to show her.
“It’s time that we wake up and understand what we mean when we say, ‘black lives matter,’” she said.