If Martin Luther King was Alive Today, Would he be Pro Life?

If Martin Luther King was Alive Today, Would he be Pro Life? January 19, 2015
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If Martin Luther King, Jr was alive today, would he be pro life?

His niece, Alveda King, says he would.

From LifeNews.com:

“I know in my heart that if Uncle Martin were alive today, he would join with me in the greatest civil rights struggle of this generation – the recognition of the unborn child’s basic right to life,” she told LifeNews.com previously.

“My uncle Martin would agree that we cannot end poverty, hunger, or suffering by killing those who might suffer,” she explained. “We cannot claim to guarantee equal rights if we deny the rights of the helpless. And we cannot feign ignorance of the fact that those who are torn apart, crushed, or left to die on an abortionist’s table are just as human as we are.”

“My uncle said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Alveda continued.

“Abortion is genocide,” King says. “It’s killing populations. It’s killing generations and certainly the population that is most impacted by abortion in America is the black community. So I feel that as a civil rights leader I have responsibility to proclaim that black Americans are being exterminated by the genocidal acts of abortion.”


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11 responses to “If Martin Luther King was Alive Today, Would he be Pro Life?”

  1. I can believe this. In those days there was no liberal vs. conservative split on the issue, and feminists were pro-life. (Planned Parenthood, the organization Margaret Sanger founded, didn’t come out for legalized abortion until 1969.) Unfortunately today people tend to pick sides based on who they’d rather hang out with.

    • Margaret Sanger primarily advocated for a woman’s right to control her own fertility. She knew that her advocacy for contraceptive freedom would have been less effective had she taken a stand on legalizing abortion. She publicly opposed abortion and counseled her clinic staff to keep any referrals to abortion services completely discrete.

  2. It’s a cocktail party question. Let’s take famous people from the past and conjecture how they might come down on current topics.

  3. She was doing fine until she said, “So I feel that as a civil rights leader I have responsibility to proclaim that black Americans are being exterminated by the genocidal acts of abortion.” It seems she has been seduced by the deceptive notion that abortion is genocide.

    When abortions were illegal, the outcomes for poor women were worse than they were for middle class and affluent women. The former were more susceptible to charlatan practitioners and self-harming attempts to induce a miscarriage. I suspect that MLK would have understood that criminalizing abortion would not be in the interests of poor women.

      • She does have a point though. Well-off women always could get an abortion, legal or not. And criminalizing something is not always the best way to eradicate it. You have to make sure that criminalization won’t actually make the problem worse. Prohibition, drugs and prostitution come to mind, and I recall what Aquinas said when he advocated decriminalizing prostitution.

    • IF one could become immortal by eating the hearts of the innocent, there would have been many worse outcomes for could not afford, say, vampire blood, or mummification.

      Nevertheless, eating the hearts of the innocent is wrong, even in bizarre hypothetical scenarios.

      Don’t be seduced by the deceptive notion of consequentialism.

  4. Would Martin Luther King be pro-life if he were alive today? I honestly don’t know.

    But I do know this: he would be fighting to change the social-economic conditions that create a demand for abortions.

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