ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2023 /Christian
Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Dr. Alveda King, she is
available for comment:
This year marks the 50th year that people from around
the world have gathered in solidarity to march for life in Washington,
D.C. I have marched since the turn of this century almost every year. As
we return to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, let us remember
that we are marching from victory to victory. We have overcome for life
because Christ has overcome.
My uncle, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said that "the
negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his
children for personal comfort and safety." All too many children are
dying for so many reasons today. One of the foremost issues and reasons
is death by abortion.
According to the most recent
data from the Guttmacher Institute, an estimated 930,160 abortions
were performed in 2020, which is a 1.5% increase from their 2019
estimate. Of those 930,160 abortions, approximately 39% were performed
on Black women, for a rate of 24.4 abortions per 1,000 Black women. This
means that approximately 362,762 Black babies were aborted in the year
2020 alone. When this enormity is broken down, it means that Black
babies in the womb are aborted nearly 1,000 times per day, 41 times per
hour, and once almost every two minutes.
This travesty is exactly what my uncle meant when he said that Black
America could not sacrifice our future children for our own comfort and
safety. By these numbers, one million Black babies are aborted every
three years. These are entire generations of Black babies who have been
snuffed out before they were even able to see the light of day.
This is the true travesty facing the Black community today. This
slaughter of the innocents is the biggest civil rights issue of our
time, and any so-called "advocate" who claims to stand for the Black
community but ignores the issue of abortion is only trying to distract
the American people from the most pressing issues at hand.
Yet by the grace of God and the courage of the pro-life movement, June
of last year brought about an end to the constitutional travesty of
Roe v. Wade. It is important for all of us to keep in mind that
the Supreme Court's decision, in this case, did not make abortion
illegal in our country; it merely rejected the argument that there is a
so-called "right to abortion" in the Constitution. As a result, abortion
regulation now falls within the purviews of the legislatures at both the
state and federal levels.
Many states, such as Texas and my home state of Georgia, courageously
passed laws banning or severely restricting abortions almost
immediately. However, in six states plus Washington, D.C., abortion
remains fully unrestricted and legal up to even the point of birth. An
America First Policy Institute
essay does a good job of explaining how the radical pro-abortion
policies of these states are more extreme than most of the world,
including 94% of Europe. Additionally, only a mere 5% of Americans think
that "no restrictions should be placed on abortion" at all.
With this in mind, the pro-life movement knows that the next
battleground for our beliefs is at the state level. Today, our attention
must turn to our local legislators and politicians to enact the will of
their constituents in our own states and communities across the country.
As we march in Washington once again, our pro-life movement should do so
with jubilation that our ultimate goal of overturning Roe was
achieved. However, we also know that our work is far from over. We need
to continue to be there for unborn children, we need to continue to
offer love and support to vulnerable mothers, and we need to continue to
spread Christ's message of love and unity to the least among us.
Most importantly, we must remember my uncle's warning: Our country can
never win if we are willing to "sacrifice the futures of [our] children
for our own personal comfort and safety." Once we, as the one-blood
human race, internalize this message and defend life at all its stages,
then and only then can we truly be said to be a country that values all
human life — from the womb to the tomb.
Dr. Alveda King serves as Chair for the Center for the
American Dream at the America First Policy Institute.
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About Alveda King:
Alveda C. King, PhD, serves as Chair of the America First Policy Institute's
Center for the American Dream. She is the daughter of the late slain civil
rights activist Rev. A. D. King and the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., as well as a Christian evangelist; graduate of Aidan University;
and is founder of SPEAK FOR LIFE, and ALVEDA KING MINISTRIES (www.alvedaking.com).
Dr. King is also an acclaimed author, Fox News Channel contributor, Fox
Nation host, NEWSMAX blog contributor, twice elected to GA State House, past
presidential appointee, 2021 recipient of the Presidential Lifetime
Achievement Award, and is a film and music industry veteran.