The niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. believes her uncle’s dream for a better America must include babies in the womb.
Marking the 59th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, niece Dr. Alveda King said Americans have a duty to keep that dream alive.
“Imperfect vessels though we are, we can all work together to bring an end to the evils we face in America today, so that someday we can live in a nation that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed about, a nation that cherishes all life,” King wrote in a column at Newsmax.
Quoting her uncle, she continued, “My uncle also once said that our people ‘cannot win’ if we are ‘willing to sacrifice [our] children for immediate personal comfort and safety.’”
Yet, for 49 years, that happened in all 50 states across America under Roe v. Wade. More than 63 million unborn babies were killed in abortions during Roe, and the majority of states continue to allow abortion on demand now that it is gone.
King said Americans promote abortion in the name of “choice” and “women’s health,” but they do not consider the child.
“Of course, we agree that a woman has a right to choose what she will do with her own body. However, the baby in her womb is not her body but an independent creation with the breath of life from God himself,” she continued. “We must ask, where is the choice for the baby?”
Financial struggles, relationship problems and “racial disharmony” are problems, but aborting unborn babies is not the answer, she said. King urged people to seek God for the answers and stop being “hoodwinked” about the sanctity of human life.
The pro-life conservative leader admitted she herself was deceived as a young woman and aborted one of her children. Later, however, she came to realize the evil of what she had done, repented and became pro-life.
King said every child in the womb is precious and valuable, and he or she deserves the same chance as every American to live the “dream.” She asked society to consider, “How can the dream survive if we prematurely end the lives of children?”
She urged Americans to work to end political division in the country and “come together as brothers … and sisters” as her uncle preached.
It is “critically important … to respond to each other’s concerns wholly without violence; doing so in both unity and peace. To do so cannot but help strengthen America,” King wrote.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe in June, more than a dozen states have restored the “dream” to babies in the womb. Currently 14 states prohibit abortions and nine more have pro-life laws that could be enforced soon. As a result, approximately 139,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion, according to SBA Pro-Life America.