As a young woman, Dr. Alveda King bought into the lies about abortion and ended two of her unborn babies’ lives.
But when King, the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., really began to examine her beliefs, she realized that what she had done was wrong and turned to Christ.
In a new interview with The Federalist, King, 72, explained why she has spent more than half of her life fighting to restore unborn babies’ right to life.
“I was born into a Christian family,” King told The Federalist. “And all these years later, after I’ve had two abortions, a miscarriage, I’ve been a Democrat, an independent, and a Republican — today I’m a Frederick Douglass Republican. I believe everything that happened in my life was leading me to a time when my voice would be part of a message that human life is sacred, from the womb to the tomb into eternity.”
King said she believes if more women heard stories like hers, they would not go down the devastating abortion path that she did.
“Abortion really does hurt the bodies of the mothers and the babies … the spirit, soul and body, in some cases,” she said.
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When she was a young woman, she said she believed the lie that her unborn babies were just “blobs of tissue” and no one knows when life begins. King said she had two abortions before Christ changed her life in the 1983.
“Even though I had been brought up in a Christian family, I had not made a commitment to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior,” she said. “I was very aware of it in ’83, ’84. Somewhere in that time period, I confessed Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. During that same time, I confessed my own sins and I realized that abortion was mixed up in that.”
Her new Christian faith prompted her to spend time thinking and questioning what she had grown up believing, and she began to realize just how wrong abortion really is, she told The Federalist.
“I began to ask this question: ‘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?’” King said. “So I began to talk about that, and my whole life changed as a result.”
For many years, King worked with Priests for Life, sharing her post-abortion healing story and her realizations about unborn babies’ right to life. Recently, she founded her own organization Speak for Life to encourage and equip young people to speak boldly about the right to life.
“I want to help these children know how to stand and not be punished for their convictions or their perspectives,” King said.
The pro-life leader said she believes that the more people hear post-abortion stories like hers, the more they will realize the truth about abortion. King criticized abortion activists and the mainstream news media for lying about abortion and ignoring the testimonies of thousands of men and women who regret aborting their unborn babies.
She also said post-abortive mothers and fathers – and abortion workers, too – deserve to know that they can heal and be forgiven.
“It’s time for the conversation to be balanced. And with that balanced conversation, it should not be hostile or wanting to punish the women,” she said. “We need to even leave opportunities for some people who used to provide abortions, and they stopped, and they realized that they needed to change. So we need to leave that redemptive opportunity for people, and we need to hear those testimonies.”