Dr. Martin Luther King Opposed Abortion: “Don’t Sacrifice Children for Personal Comfort”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 17, 2022   |   5:59PM   |   Washington, DC

One of the top pro-life leaders today is Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. Alevda has explained for years that her uncle would be pro-life today and, in a new interview, she confirmed that is the case.

Here’s an excerpt from her interview with the Daily Signal.

King: Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The Negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety.”

Now, abortions occur for reasons of personal comfort and safety. Some people feel threatened. Some people feel that they won’t be able to live or eat or finish school, or they’re not happy in a relationship. So all of these factors sometimes cause people to abort their children.

In that process, we have gone into a position of fear and doubt rather than embracing life from the womb to the tomb. Martin Luther King Jr. explained that in that statement. He also said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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And so, I often ask the question … I say, a woman has a right to choose what she does with her body. The baby is not her body. Where’s the lawyer for the baby? How can the dream survive if we murder our children?

I had abortions without that understanding myself. I repented. God has forgiven me. I’ve been healed. And I have a voice now to explain these truths to others.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stridently denounced abortion as a form of genocide in many speeches. As Alveda King has said previously, “If Martin Luther King’s dream is to live, our babies must live. We have been fueled by the fires of women’s rights. What about the rights of the baby who is artificially breached. We can’t sit idly by and allow legal murder.”

King was not a champion of “reproductive rights”, but rather a man who believed in the human rights of all people; including the Unborn. Most (if not all) African-American civil-rights leaders in his day agreed with him.