Thousands are prepared to gather for the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Thursday.
Following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, Americans of all stripes have taken to the streets every year to express their views on the right to life. One of the public faces of the movement is Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King is a pastoral associate and director of African-American Outreach at Priests for Life. She served as a representative in the Georgia State House, and is a nationally acclaimed speaker and author. She is known for having spoken at the Walk for Life Rally, and has participated on stage at the March for Life for several years.
Her book, “King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation,” includes stories from her life that have shaped her views on the pro-life movement.
“I have been in the pro-life movement since 1983,” says King. “It was the same year I was spiritually born again.”
King herself has had two abortions – one through a Planned Parenthood affiliate and the other at a Planned Parenthood facility. She spoke at a symposium at Yale University in which she described her ordeal. “The doctor who was examining me went ahead and performed an abortion without my permission. I just wanted an exam. He said that I didn’t need to have any more children.”
When asked about her thoughts on Planned Parenthood, King said, “It is not a helpful source within our community. I used to think they were a friend and ally to women. I thought it was healthcare. It is not healthcare. It killed my children and harmed my body.”
Her advice for other young women is to avoid abortion at all costs. “It harms the body in so many ways. I myself needed surgery to stop the spread of cervical cancer as a result of my abortions. We would advise women to look at natural family planning or other ways of managing fertility. The products being offered today are seriously harmful.”
King comes from a family that was known for respecting life.
Her father Rev. A.D. King and her mother Naomi Ruth Barber chose life, and had five children together. She also points out that despite her uncle being painted as pro-choice; he is in fact more pro-life than most would believe. “My uncle felt that children were the future, he would not agree with our children being killed in the womb.”
King has some advice for people who are looking for more information about the march. “We are trying to heal the shockwave of abortion. We cannot serve the public by killing the public. It must be a combined effort between grassroots organizations and political figures. For those who are in need there are other options. We have a pregnancy care center that helps families in distress,” King said.
Despite the divisiveness of the issue, King is inspired by the number of young people who have gotten involved and found a voice. “I am very encouraged by the young people who have joined the Walk for Life and the March for Life. We know that the movement is alive and well, and we will continue to fight for the sanctity of life.”