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Martin Luther King, Jr's Niece: Black Hopelessness Tied to Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 15, 2007

Washington, DC ( -- A new poll released by the Pew Research foundation finds that less than half of African Americans believe life will get better for them. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., says that hopelessness found in the black community is because of how abortion is adversely affecting it.

King told the hopelessness documented in the poll is linked in part to the high abortion rate in the black community.

"Children are the future. When you destroy your children, you destroy hope," Dr. King said.

"The incredibly high number of abortions performed on black women in this country has to take a toll not just on the women involved, but also on their families, friends, and communities," King explained.

"If African Americans feel that life will not get better, I have to believe that abortion is feeding into that hopelessness," she told

Alveda King isn't just speaking theoretically, but knows from personal experience the damage abortion can do to women and families.

"I know from personal experience that abortion causes depression, regret, and despair," she explained about her own abortion.

Yet in that regret and dismay over a past abortion, King knows women can find hope and healing.

"I also know from personal experience that this despair can be healed and the wounded can be brought back to joy and hope through faith," she said.

King said African Americans should concentrate on efforts to reduce or stop abortions in order to restore the black community's hope.

"What I want the government to do is guarantee our basic rights and the most basic right is the right to life. If we love and welcome our children, optimism for the future can only increase," King concluded.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:07 PM

    Blessings!! He is Risen!!

    I blog to you on behalf of Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life. Fr. Pavone recently posted two videos on You Tube in which he describes and demonstrates the two most common abortion techniques, using the actual instruments of abortion and the words found in medical textbooks and court testimony.

    You can view these videos at

 (Dismemberment abortion) and (Suction abortion).

    These videos are part of a new project called, "Is This What You Mean?" It aims to educate the public about the nature of abortion and to challenge public officials and candidates who support the legality of abortion to admit what it is. A full description of the project is at .

    We are asking blog moderators to post a link or set-up an area on their blog for easy access to view our two You Tube videos.

    As Fr. Pavone has quoted in endless homilies and talks about public servants who are pro-choice, there is a difference between serving the public and killing the public. Abortion has lost its meaning and is just a word to some politicians. In fact, as long as it has been since Jan.22 1973, the public is still not aware of what an abortion is and what it looks like. Again, we urge you to view Fr. Pavone’s demonstrations and forward this to anybody unaware such as parents, pastors, teachers, government officials etc….

    In Christ,