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Meet the Face of Abortion

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Planned Parenthood is not your cute pet pig.

Planned Parenthood is not your cute pet pig.

“Abortion. Yeah, we do that.”

No matter how you dress up a pig, in the end, it is still just a pig. Strip away the fancy flowery hat, the cute dress, the jewelry and the pretty pink purse and what do you have left? Just a cute pig.

So it is with abortion.

Abortion, as described by Dr. Bernard Nathanson, ex-abortion provider, is nothing more than the taking of a life, a small developing baby; a baby that is alive and growing in his/her mother’s womb.

Call it what you will, “choice,” “health care,” “compassion for a rape victim,” or “compassion for a baby with disabilities,” abortion is still the taking of a human life. And abortion can never cure the crimes of rape, incest and human trafficking; only compound this and other problems.

Inherently we know this and that’s why there is so much shame, dismay and guilt associated with having an abortion. That’s why so many people have an abortion and then keep it a secret from even their closest family members and friends.

The Washington Post reports of yet another example of the abortion supporters’ attempt to de-stigmatize abortion. Melissa S. Grant and Christopher Purdy have opened up an abortion-pill clinic that supposedly has a “spa-like” feel to it.

As the article states. “The campaign comes as the abortion rights movement is struggling politically. Since 2010, states have enacted more than 200 laws restricting the procedure, and dozens of clinics have closed their doors. Groups on both sides agree that antiabortion activists have the momentum, with a simpler message — “abortion kills” — and a gut-level emotional appeal.”

The reason the pro-life movement has such great momentum is because, as the report rightly states, “”Most people in this country do not think abortion is a good thing on its face, even if they deeply believe it should be legal,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, director of social policy and politics for Third Way, a center-left think tank.”

And why is it that most people do not think that abortion is a good thing? Maybe it’s because most people are basically compassionate and they know that abortion IS the killing of a human life and they know in the core of their being that it’s wrong.

The abortion clan added this: “Because of the success of the pro-life movement with the enacting of over 200 laws being enacted in states all across America since 2010 and the closing of dozens of clinics the abortion industry is frantically scrambling to change the face of abortion.”

Over the last several years we have seen all kinds of dressing up of abortion in various ways from door-to-door campaigns to a video of a young Emily Letts filming her abortion. Well, actually she doesn’t film her abortion. She supposedly films herself having an abortion. Had she actually filmed the abortion itself, the discussion would have been much different. Dr. Nathanson describes an actual abortion in all its graphic details. No dressing up, no spin, just the bare truth. (Actual abortion video: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC)

So why do abortion advocates try so desperately hard to dress up abortion and try to make it more palatable? Do they really care about women? Do they really care about you?

The answer is simple. They don’t care about you; they want your MONEY! The more abortions they can sell the more money they make. According to Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report 2012-2013, the largest provider of abortions in the U.S., the organization had a total revenue of $1.21 billion of which $540.6 million was provided by taxpayer-funded government health service grants.

Why all the dressing up, the rhetoric and the spin?

Because without dressing up the truth, abortion would be exposed and no one would buy it. Abortion stinks. It’s a faulty product that only serves to kill a defenseless human life and hurt, sometimes even kill, the mother.

Abortion has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, depression, suicidal ideation and attempts, increased promiscuity, increased alcohol and drug abuse, relational problems. Women have even been killed during abortion procedures. A list of women who have been killed by abortion is published at Priests for Life. This list is certainly not exhaustive since many complications from abortion are reported under other medical conditions since the women are ashamed to tell their doctors that they have had an abortion.

Abortion doesn’t just affect the baby and the mother. Abortion reaches deep into the fabric of society affecting the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, families, friends, neighbors, pro-life activists, abortion workers, and even the abortionists. Its effects can only be described as a shockwave of destruction.

So, try as they may, no matter how much makeup or spin they put on it, abortion is still and always will be plain and simply the killing of a defenseless and innocent human life.

So, Planned Parenthood and all abortion supporters, you may be able to fool some people into thinking that you’re not a pig with your fancy dress, your nice jewelry, you pretty purse, but no matter how you dress up, most of us know that under the facade, the sow’s ears are still there.

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Open Letter to US SENATE: Stop Trafficking – Save Lives

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Hands up all life matters

Dear US Senators, Members of Congress, American and Global Leaders, and anyone who really cares about women…

If you agree with us when we say that the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act has been held hostage too long, please keep reading. We are writing, though, not to urge you to compromise on the bill’s language upholding taxpayer conscience rights through the Hyde amendment – far from it. We respectfully call on you to be more vocal in explaining to the American people that money for abortion should have no place in this legislation.

If you are on the side of the women, men, teens, and children who have been made slaves to ruthless individuals, you are actually on the side of the American public, two-thirds of whom tell pollsters that they oppose public funding for abortion. And you are on the side of the babies who are slaughtered by the greatest civil rights violation of our day, abortion.

The Senators who are blocking the anti-trafficking bill are hearing the voices of the abortion lobby – and women, mothers and their babies are being hurt. Abortion is a bad product.

By refusing to allow a vote on this measure, even a debate, the US Senate is being held hostage (willing or not), slaves to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and EMILY’s List. They and other pro-abortion politicians have procured for Planned Parenthood alone $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds over a three-year period according to a new GAO report. Their masters are now demanding more money and will sacrifice aid to the oppressed to get it. They should all be ashamed.

We encourage you, therefore, to stay strong in your defense of life, born and unborn. The frightened runaway snared by the web of trafficking; the victim of rape and incest; she deserves protection, not a coupon for the destruction of the one other innocent victim in her nightmare of human atrocities. Her baby, as innocent and fully human as any wanted child conceived in a loving marriage, is equally deserving of protection.

As we approach Passion Week, we are reminded of He who came to set the captives free. As the debate on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act resumes in April, we ask you to remember that to direct a young woman from one destroyer of life, her sexually abusing trafficker, to another, an abortionist, does not set her free. It does not show her love.

Those who are seeking to overturn decades of Hyde amendment protections – protections not just for taxpayers, but also for babies and their mothers – cannot win. If they do, victims lose, life is devalued, and our society grows that much more hard-hearted.

Please speak on the Senate floor, if possible. Shout from the rooftops, if necessary. Abortion does not solve the problems of trafficking, rape or incest. Abortion hurts the mothers, kills the babies and gives the perpetrators permission to traffic again, to rape again, to commit incest again.

On the other hand, our compassion offers life, not death. Let the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act offer life.

Sincerely,
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Why All Lives Matter

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
#AllLivesMatter

#AllLivesMatter

According to the U.S. Justice Department, what fueled part of the underlying unrest that exploded in Ferguson, Missouri was that the police there were regarded not so much as officers of the peace, but officers of the fleece.

It seems that certain city officials came to regard the Ferguson police department as revenue collectors. If the city needed more money, the police were allegedly instructed to issue more tickets. And not just a ticket here or a ticket there, but as many as possible. According to the DOJ report, “Officers sometimes write six, eight, or, in at least one instance, fourteen citations for a single encounter.”

It seems that in many instances African Americans are more likely to be pulled over, more likely to be ticketed, and much more likely to be arrested. In the words of Niger Innis of Restore the Dream, blacks become “low hanging fruit” – an easy and lucrative source of income for the city government.

Blacks are among the first and most targeted.

But Ferguson is only one among many such cities where the victims pay with their wallets, and sometimes their lives. Accordingly I’m reminded that African Americans have for years been “low hanging fruit” in another endemic money-making scheme that is nationwide; where victims pay with their wallets and their babies’ lives.

The abortion industry is Ferguson writ large.

In 2013, Ferguson collected $2.63 million in fines and fees from local residents. For the fiscal year 2013-14, Planned Parenthood, which performs about one third of the nation’s abortions, took in $1.3 billion; 41 percent of that from taxpayers.

Ferguson’s population is a little over 21,000. Planned Parenthood alone eliminated about 16 Fergusons from our population last year alone.

And just like Ferguson, Planned Parenthood systematically targets minorities.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, named for the late Alan Guttmacher, a former president of Planned Parenthood, black women are three-to-five times more likely than white women to have abortions, depending on which year’s statistics you’re examining. Hispanic women are twice as likely.

Planned Parenthood will say that this is explainable. Low income women have more abortions. They suggest that it’s just coincidental that low income women are disproportionately Black or Hispanic.

What’s not even remotely explainable, however, is what Planned Parenthood – in a Black History Month press release this year – euphemistically calls its “complicated history.”

This “complicated history” begins with Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger. This is a woman whose life’s mission was to ensure that there be fewer children from what she called “the unfit.”

Whom did she deem “the unfit”? Well, Margaret Sanger had no problem addressing a Ku Klux Klan rally. She wrote that “the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, [is] just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development.” And she developed “the Negro Project,” the goal of which was to reduce the Black population.

Oh, but Planned Parenthood will explain that all this is nothing compared to the “good” that Margaret Sanger accomplished by championing birth control. Whenever I hear this, I’m reminded that Planned Parenthood likes to tell people that we should ignore the 330,000 babies it kills every year because it does pap smears and hands out condoms and harmful chemical and surgical birth deterrents as well.

The nation’s largest abortion chain also likes to say that whatever its past was, it is not racist today. Really?

In 2008, seven Planned Parenthood offices around the country were called and offered donations for the express purpose of aborting black babies. The caller would make statements such as, “There are way too many blacks in America.” In every instance, Planned Parenthood was willing to take the donor’s money, sometimes enthusiastically.

According to Protecting Black Life, 79 percent of all abortion clinics are located in or near minority neighborhoods. Two of Planned Parenthood’s most recent high profile building projects in New Orleans and El Centro, California, are in areas of high minority populations.

Just more coincidence, I suppose abortion supporters would say.

Here’s another “coincidence.” The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson states that the city’s “law enforcement practices are shaped by [its] focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs.” Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, declares that her facility had abortion quotas that it needed to fill for budgetary reasons. In both instances, money was the motivating force at work. Public service was secondary, if not a pretense.

Ferguson is on the way to being reformed. Officials have resigned and been replaced. Practices are being revamped. But the abortion industry continues in its discriminatory, deadly practices. Every day, 3,000 babies lives, over 1,000 of them African American, are ended in America before we can hear their cries.

Black lives do matter. All lives matter — in Ferguson, in Florida, in New York, and in the wombs of all of the mothers in America. No longer will we look the other way at Ferguson’s practices– mirrored across the nation — and ignore the injustices, imbalances and symptoms that are being uncovered. No more.

And just as Ferguson’s wrongs are being corrected, I believe that abortion will one day be overcome as well. Then it’s inevitable that we will face the profound, simple truth – all lives matter.

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Fr. Frank Pavone in Rome to Help Lead Gospel of Life Celebrations

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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ROME – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is in Rome this week to help lead the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the publication of Pope Saint John Paul’s encyclical, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae).

Tomorrow night there will be an international pro-life vigil at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Father Pavone will be one of five international pro-life leaders helping to lead the prayers and giving a reflection at the vigil, which has been organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family.

The vigil will begin at 5 p.m. in Rome (noon ET) with a reception. The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET), with focus on the contemplation of Gospel passages related to the theme of life and interspersed with short testimonies.

At 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET), Father Pavone will concelebrate Mass presided over by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Father Pavone worked for the Council for the Family in the years immediately following the publication of Evangelium Vitae.

Father Pavone also will concelebrate Mass on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Basilica and take part in an audience with Pope Francis.

The events commemorating the anniversary of Evangelium Vitae will highlight the importance of prayer in the fight for life. Father Pavone noted that these types of services can be replicated by churches and dioceses all over the world throughout the Easter season. Similar services are planned this week in Fatima, Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico City) and Nazareth.

“We have urged all Dioceses and Churches to participate in this special commemoration,” said Father Pavone. “Along with prayer services, we urge renewed study of the encyclical, and we’ve provided a study guide and other resources at www.ProLifeTeachings.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Misplaced Compassion

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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“Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.” Psalms 25:6

My colleague Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and author of RECALL ABORTION recently responded to an article entitled “Contraception Saves Lives” published in CHRISTIANITY TODAY. Janet’s blog and this article remind me of conversations I’ve had over the years with members of my family and other Christians. Out of concern for our fellow brothers and sisters, we struggle with words like compassion and tolerance.

Before my aunt-by-marriage, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died, we had a series of conversations about “misplaced compassion.” By this I mean that Aunt Coretta was very concerned that I hated certain people groups; like members of the abortion community, members of the gender debates community, members of the what’s the best education for families, and other people groups. At first Aunt Coretta thought that I had become hateful and judgmental. When I reminded her that I am just as human as anybody, and have made choices in my life that others didn’t agree with or understand (including abortions and moral laxity); and that when those choices were against the Word of God I couldn’t hide behind the truth that I had needed to pray and accept God’s truth and forgiveness for my own life; after we had our “come to Jesus” moments together, we got up from our respective positions and agreed that “people need the Lord.”

Having said this, in reading the CHRISTIANITY TODAY piece, I remember asking God: What Happened to Margaret Sanger? Who hurt her and confused her?” This article gives a bird’s eye view into the young nurse, Margaret Sanger, who was overwhelmed with the woman’s plight of pain and threat of death in childbirth. The soon to be Dr. Sanger chose the wrong path in her attempts to serve women. She chose what would become millions of deaths by chemical, oral and surgical contraceptives and abortions, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of women by strokes, heart attacks, breast and cervical cancer, depression, and countless other ills. She chose what would one day lead to the deaths of over 55 million babies by the 21st Century. This is the story of that path.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

150311 blog imageIf only Dr. Sanger had been able to pray to Jesus, and not be angry or frightened about the conditions surrounding her, we could have avoided a lot of death and destruction. Make no mistake about it, abortion is connected to much of the death and destruction in our world today.

The scourge of abortion is a curse, a symptom of a sick and dying world. Abortion brings death, not life.

”Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt.” Isaiah 24:6

Accepting harmful birth control and abortions as the primary or only salvation for women who are needing help in understanding and managing their God given gifts of fertility and motherhood have resulted in years of heartbreak. Please read Janet’s blog and pray for humanity.

For God so loved the world, that God gave His only begotten Son Jesus, so that if we only believe in His Love and Saving Grace, we can all live in love and peace. Amen.

Christianity Today surprised me, and many of its readers, I would guess, with an opinion piece carried below the ironic headline, “Contraception Saves Lives.” Even more surprising, author Rachel Marie Stone lauds Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, making excuses for her eugenic beliefs and saying Planned Parenthood did not provide abortion in Sanger’s lifetime. My colleague Bryan Kemper wrote about the Sanger apologetics in his blog, so I will concentrate on the dubious claim that contraception saves lives.

First, let’s refute her assertion, now so familiar, that hormonal contraceptives are not abortifacients. That’s nonsense. One of the ways the birth control pill works is by preventing implantation of the embryo in the uterus. That’s abortion to those of us who know that life begins at conception, which, by the way, is a scientific fact.

Now let’s take a look at some the other ways that contraception ends lives.

Ms. Stone’s article mentions the long-acting contraception called Depo-Provera, which is a-once-every-three-months injection. But here are some of the things she didn’t say about Depo-Provera.

In addition to a long list of nasty side effects – blood clots, breast cancer, ectopic pregnancy, depression, excessive weight gain, facial paralysis, hirsutism, cervical cancer, nipple bleeding, and a lack of return to fertility – Depo-Provera increases a woman’s risk of contracting HIV by 40 percent. This is particularly troubling for women in sub-Saharan Africa, where 25,000 million people – 70 percent of the world total – are living with HIV/AIDS.

Recall AbortionThe Pill is not much better for women, as I outlined in a chapter of my book, “Recall Abortion.” The Pill poses numerous health risks, including blood clots, increased risks of cardiovas¬cular disease, cervical and liver cancer, elevated blood pressure, decreased desire, sexual dysfunction and stroke.

Some Pills are worse than others. In 2006, Bayer Pharmaceuticals burst onto the market with Yaz and Yasmin, drugs that were touted as reliable birth control and miraculous cures for acne and pre-menstrual syndrome.

But Yas and Yasmin are not miracle drugs. As of 2014, Bayer had paid out $1.7 billion – BILLION – to settle 8,250 cases brought against it and there are still thousands of cases pending.

Women are suffering from gall bladder disease, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and other diseases. In Canada, the deaths of 23 women have been linked to Yaz and Yasmin.

How many deaths does it take before we stop calling a drug safe? I think one death is too many, and here’s why.

After I finished giving a talk in Naples, Florida, a woman approached me to tell me a story about her friend’s daughter, who was prescribed Yaz for a serious acne condition by the campus physician. After taking Yaz for just three months, the girl collapsed one day in her dorm and was rushed to the hospital. She fell into a coma that lasted five years and ended with her death.

So please, Christianity Today, don’t tell me contraception saves lives. That is simply not true.

(For more in-depth information about the perils of the Pill, please go to www.recallabortion.com and order a copy of my book.)

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Their Mantra: If You Can’t Dispute the Facts, Attack the Messenger

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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I recently did an interview on Fox News where I was asked about President Obama’s speech he delivered in Selma for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

I responded in part by saying that what the president did not say is that there is a whole group of aborted people — over 55 million — who have been denied the right to vote because they’ve been denied the right to live.

Ellen at Newshound wrote an article about my interview. She doesn’t dispute what I said about the 55 million babies being aborted but rather attacked me by her tone and language used in the article and with her miss-truths about my comments regarding President Obama.

First let me clear up the record. In response to Ellen writing, “King, who was signed by Fox just in time to bash the speech, is well known to Fox as an Obama hater.” I do not hate President Obama. In fact, I love President Obama and the First Lady. It is the love of God that compels me to pray for them and for all who are in authority. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, commands me to love everyone and I work very hard to do just that.

The tone and language that Ellen chooses to use, including “attack,” “right-wing,” “jaw-dropping,” placing the word analysis in quotations, are all intended to discredit me and inflame the reader.

Notice that she doesn’t attack the facts I bring up, that since 1973, over 55 million babies have legally lost their lives to abortion in America; and they have been denied the right to vote. She didn’t deny this because the facts are indisputable.

So instead of letting the truth get in the way of her narrative, all that is left is to attach the messenger.

As Ellen rightly pointed out, “[e]ven Fox host Gregg Jarrett called President Obama’s speech “very eloquent” and “beautifully written.” While I didn’t parrot this praise, I did say that The speech was deeply moving. I also pointed out that President Obama didn’t mention the over 55 million who cannot vote because they have been aborted.

In her focus to attack me instead of the facts, Ellen writes, “[w]hile King was worrying about unborn fetus’ right to vote, she ignored what Obama had laid out as serious concerns about setbacks in voting rights for people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups.”

I never ignored any concerns about “setbacks in voting rights for people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups.” I just added additional concerns of setbacks, namely the 55 million of aborted Americans.

When she writes the phrase, “people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups,” it diminishes the rights of every other American, born and unborn, under the legal voting age who should one day have the same rights as those “living, breathing grownups.”

I would like to remind Ellen that the fight for civil rights is a fight for the rights of all people. In Selma the fight for voting rights was not just for those that were “living, breathing grownups” in 1965 but for all those that would become of legal voting age in the future. Many babies who were once growing in their mothers’ wombs now have the protection of laws passed as a result of passage of the Voting Rights Act. By the way, babies in the womb are living humans.

Again, 1973, 55 million persons’ have had their rights violated because of abortion. These 55 million were “living” people. The only distinction, according to Ellen, and the reason why they don’t matter is because they are “fetuses” and they are not “grownups.”

If those 55+ million babies that were killed by abortion since 1973, an estimated 30% of the babies African Americans, many millions would now be of voting age. Gone by abortion are their ballots, their contributions to society, and their ballots. Had they not been aborted they would be “living, breathing grownups.”

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Playing the “In God We Trust Card” in a World Where Selma, Ferguson, and Haters Abound

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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“We can’t hate white people. They live with us, march with us, pray with us, and die with us.” Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams (AD) King in 1968

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Just when you think you know everything, God sends you back to school. This is definitely the case for me right now. I just returned from the 50th Anniversary of Selma and Bloody Sunday, where my daddy, Rev. A. D. King was among those who were on the bridge that day. President Obama, Congressman John Lewis and thousands of others preceded my visit the day before. The President delivered a rousing and soul stirring speech. In what has become my custom, I delivered a controversial response on FOX NEWS. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4099142696001/

The next day, my daughter Celeste and I boarded a ML King Center bus caravan and headed to Marion, AL , the birthplace of civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson. We arrived at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and were greeted by Ms. Shirley Jackson, Jimmie Lee’s cousin. We were given the historical account: on February 18, 1965, while participating in a peaceful voting rights march in Marion, Jimmie Lee was beaten by troopers and shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler. Jackson was unarmed. The hospital in Marion denied him treatment, and he was taken to Selma and died eight days later in the hospital there.

His death was part of the inspiration for the Selma to Montgomery marches in March 1965, a major event in the American Civil Rights Movement that helped gain Congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The now historical “Bloody Sunday” opened the door to millions of African Americans being able to vote again in Alabama and across the South, regaining participation as citizens in the political system for the first time since the turn of the 20th century, having been disenfranchised by state constitutions and discriminatory practices.

From there, our bus tour joined the march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. On the way out of town later that day, we visited the SCLC Women’s Monument to Viola Luizzo the 39 year old housewife and mother of five who heeded the call of my uncle MLK, and traveled from Detroit, Michigan to Selma, Alabama in the wake of the Bloody Sunday attempt at marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She participated in the successful Selma to Montgomery marches and helped with coordination and logistics. Driving back from a trip shuttling fellow activists to the Montgomery airport, she was shot by members of the Ku Klux Klan. My mother Naomi King later befriended Viola’s daughter. My mother often travels to Selma and visits the memorial site of Viola.

We watched the Oscar winning musical presentation of the song GLORY; a theme song of the SELMA movie. http://youtu.be/c94IFE_cWYQ

We also viewed a screening of the video about Dr. MLK’s leadership role in the SELMA campaign.

Then on the bus, the young students from ML King High School and ML King Middle School gave oral reports of what they had learned on the trip. They learned that the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t about skin color, it was about God’s love for all people, and the need to regard every human being as someone God loves. They learned that many white people along with black people were hurt and killed during the SELMA demonstrations. We all learned a lot.

I was reminded that human rights are about God’s love. That God’s word and God’s way is best. That hate only begets hate. Love never fails. This wasn’t my first visit to Edmund Pettus Bridge. I had joined several prolife colleagues a few years before to observe Bloody Sunday and to remind people that millions of aborted babies would never be allowed to vote. This isn’t a popular part of the memories, but it must be said.

I guess the biggest lesson for me is that it’s time to throw in the deck for the race card, and start using the God card. Freedom after all, is for everyone.

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Fr. Pavone Praises WV Legislature for Enacting Protection for Pain-Capable Babies; Urges Congress to Follow Suit

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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NEW YORK, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today hailed the West Virginia legislature for overriding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

“West Virginia’s lawmakers have stood up in defense of the ‘least of these,’ the unborn,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s a mark of statesmanship to protect those who can’t vote for you, can’t donate to your campaign, and can’t even speak for themselves.”

The West Virginia House and Senate each voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that provides protection for unborn babies older than five months. This is the first time since 1987 that the West Virginia legislature has successfully overridden a governor’s veto.

“State lawmakers across the country have shown selflessness and political courage to pass laws protecting babies who can feel pain,” added Fr. Pavone. “Priests for Life will continue to work in union with state and national pro-life groups to see that similar legislation is passed in other states and in Congress.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Dr. Alveda King Will “March for the Babies” at #Selma50

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, will join hundreds of people from around the world at the Selma50 observance on Sunday, March 8.

“They were marching for the right to vote back then. Hundreds of us will march to commemorate the price many paid, some with their lives, for the right for African-Americans to vote,” she said. “I will be marching and praying also for America to wake up to the fact that since 1973 over 55 million babies, about 18 million of them Black, have been legally aborted in America. They died before they were able to grow up and vote. There is a connection here. As my Uncle ML once said: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ said Dr. King.

Alveda recalls her father, Rev. A.D. King, coming home from Selma 50 years ago and telling his children how bad it was. By that time, she was already well versed in the strategy of non-violent protests, so she was not shaken by the events, even though she was just 14 years old.

“We were not afraid,” Alveda said. “We knew God was with us. We had to remain nonviolent and trust God. My mother, Naomi Ruth Barber King, an activist in her own rights, has befriended the daughter of Viola Liuzzo who lost her life shortly after Bloody Sunday, on March 25, as she drove a black man from Montgomery to Selma. Mother often talks about the courage of those who fought so valiantly during those days.”

All protesters were trained in methods of nonviolent conflict resolution before going out to march. They all even signed a covenant to follow the Ten Commandments of the civil rights movement. They never knew if they would live to see another day.

The first commandment was “Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.” The rest stressed following those teachings through nonviolent protest.

While Alveda didn’t march at Selma, she did first put her training to the test two years earlier when she participated in the 1963 Children’s Crusade March in Birmingham. That same year, on May 11, 1963, A.D. King’s home was bombed.

Alveda King said the thing she remembers most about the bombing was her father calming down the ensuing riot.

She recalls that AD grabbed a bullhorn and stood on top of a car and said “Don’t fight back; don’t throw rocks. If you’re going to kill somebody, kill me; but I’d rather you pray.”

Years later, after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, A.D. King used his words not to calm a riot, but to calm his daughter.

Alveda said she was “devastated by Uncle ML’s murder”, and even went so far as to want to hate someone. But her father helped her stay focused on nonviolence: “Alveda, White people marched with us, prayed with us, and died with us,” he said “The devil killed your uncle.”

Her father ADK, her famous uncle MLK, her grandparents MLK, Sr. and Alberta Williams King, and even her great grandparents were all Christian leaders who embraced the love of God, and nonviolent conflict resolution. One of the family’s major scripture foundations is derived from Acts 17:26: “Of one blood, God created all people to live on the earth.”

A year after the death of MLK, A.D. King was found dead in his swimming pool. While there was no water in his lungs, the cause of death was labeled as a drowning accident. Alveda “found the strength to carry on the King Family Legacy by faith in God and His love.”

Today Alveda King continues to fight for civil rights and is involved today, not only for continued racial equality, but for the rights of the unborn child.

Dr. Alveda King is a non-denominational minister, author of the book KING RULES, and is the Director of African-American Outreach with Priests for Life.

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Father Pavone: 20th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae Should Be Celebrated With Prayer, Study

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Date: March 4, 2015

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NEW YORK — March 25 will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), the foundational document for the pro-life efforts of Christian believers.

Pope St. John Paul II wrote the encyclical in 1995 to stir the world “to activate a great campaign in support of life” (EV #95) and to end the “war of the powerful against the weak” (EV #12).

“The worldwide focus on this important anniversary will give pro-lifers an opportunity to demonstrate how far we have come in 20 years to protect the lives of the unborn, through legislation, education, and direct intervention, and to bring healing to those wounded by abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “And it will also give us a worldwide platform for insisting that we have much farther to go in our ultimate goal of ending abortion and resisting efforts to see the elderly and infirm as burdens.”

Father Pavone and Priests for Life have been invited by the Vatican to take part in a special prayer vigil in Rome on March 24 to commemorate the anniversary. Priests for Life urges dioceses, churches and families to join these special prayers wherever they are.

“Prayer is the most important weapon we have to fight the war on life,” said Father Pavone, who was called to work in the Vatican under Pope St. John Paul in the years immediately following the publication of the encyclical.

Priests for Life published a Study Guide to Evangelium Vitae that is designed to be used by an individual or group as a side-by-side companion with the encyclical itself.

“Each section of the encyclical should be prayerfully read, followed by use of the study guide as a springboard to delve more deeply into the text and to stimulate reflection and discussion,” Father Pavone said.

Powerful tools for understanding and celebrating Evangelium Vitae may be found at www.prolifeteachings.com, which includes a link for ordering the study guide.

“We can end abortion and euthanasia in our lifetime,” Father Pavone said. “Evangelium Vitae can help show us the way.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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