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Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Strategize Together at Leadership Conference

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim

Malvern, PA – The second full day of the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference took place yesterday, with clergy and laity from around the world meeting for workshops that dealt with the psychological and spiritual aspects of post-abortion trauma and healing.

There was also a strong emphasis on Tuesday on the public relations aspect of post-abortion healing. Catholic media expert and broadcaster Teresa Tomeo led a number of sessions urging the post-abortion leaders to use the media to trumpet the Church’s invitation to repentance and healing, and to educate society about how harmful abortion is.

One of the ways this is done is through the testimonies of the men and women who have decided to be “Silent No More” about their experiences. Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Both leaders also presented at the Conference, which is being attended by Silent No More regional coordinators from around the world. The partnership between Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More is a natural one. Both are ministries of Priests for Life, and many who share their abortion testimony found their healing in Rachel’s Vineyard.

A new version of the official guidelines for Silent No More leaders was issued yesterday, and a more deliberate strategy of collaboration between Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard was reviewed.

Among the activities at the Conference today will be a special meeting of psychiatrists and other medical professionals who are experts in the work of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More.

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

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Rachel’s Vineyard Releases New Retreat Manual As Record-setting Conference Continues

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Date: July 19, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim

Malvern, PA – Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director and Chairman of Rachel’s Vineyard, along with the founders of the ministry, Dr. Theresa and Kevin Burke, released the new version of the Catholic Retreat Manual yesterday to the 250 leaders present for the bi-annual Leadership Training Conference here. Bearing the Imprimatur of the Church, this manual is the official guide to how to conduct a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, and is updated periodically based on input from those who use it.

“We are pleased with the work that was done by so many people over the past year to make the new Catholic manual possible,” Father Pavone said. “As the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard is committed to carrying out its retreats in a way that reflects fidelity to Church teaching as well as the highest therapeutic standards of the mental health professions.

“We are blessed not only with an excellent advisory board of bishops, but with a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professional counselors who have been carrying out these retreats for many years.”

Workshops continue today, with participants from all over the world. A media training seminar, given by Catholic media expert Teresa Tomeo, will help participants today to utilize the media to spread the Church’s urgent invitation to healing and reconciliation after abortion.

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

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Largest Ever Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Opens in Pennsylvania

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Date: July 18, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim

MALVERN, PA. – “The Biblical Concept of Healing” was the topic of the keynote speech this morning as the 2011 Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Retreat got under way at the Malvern Retreat Center. This year’s full-to-capacity retreat, with more than 250 participants attending from all over the world, is the largest ever.

“The Rachel’s Vineyard model for healing after abortion is highly regarded everywhere, including the Vatican,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and this morning’s keynote speaker. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life. Father Pavone noted that Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, co-founders of Rachel’s Vineyard, were invited to address the Pontifical Academy for Life this past February.

The Priests for Life pastoral team is attending the weeklong conference, which this year also offers special resources and workshops for regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Campaign co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will offer classes on public speaking, media and healing workshops. The campaign is for those who have been through post-abortion healing programs and have decided to speak out about their abortion experiences.

Among the highlights of today’s gathering will be a talk by Dr. Burke on “Understanding Repeat Abortions,” and a workshop led by Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana titled “Do Post-Abortion Healing and Pro-Life Activism Mix?”

Rachel’s Vineyard began in 1994 as a unique support group model for counselors treating women who were grieving the loss of their aborted children. Rachel’s Vineyard quickly became a grassroots national outreach. From 18 retreats in 1999, the ministry now offers 700 retreats annually, in 47 states and 25 countries, with many new sites in development.

Several Bishops have attended weekend retreats themselves. Attending this week’s leadership conference is Bishop David Choby of the Diocese of Nashville.

“With this year’s theme, Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope, we are sure all conference attendees will be inspired with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a culture of life,” Dr. Burke said.

Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has had high praise for Rachel’s Vineyard. “I cannot think of another work of this kind so well done. A most difficult and painful human problem is engaged with faith, psychological insight and trust.”

Visit Rachel’s Vineyard to learn more about the ministry and to view the conference schedule.

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

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Thursday, July 14th, 2011


Contact: Dr. Theresa Burke
Phone: (610)354-0555

The 2011 International Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Training Conference at the Malvern Retreat Center in Pennsylvania is slated for July 17-21. Rachel’s Vineyard has been offering such Leadership Conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland since 1999. This year’s world conference will be the largest to date with several hundred participants coming from throughout the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is currently growing or germinating in 35 countries and in 15 languages. It’s quite obvious that Rachel’s Vineyard is a dramatic movement of the Holy Spirit, which has inspired over 8,000 volunteers throughout the world.

Every year, the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference presents speakers who provide a wide range of interesting and helpful topics to assist Rachel’s Vineyard leaders from across the globe with new skills and strategies to engage in successful post-abortion ministry. This year, the speakers include the founders of Rachel’s Vineyard Dr. Theresa Burke, Kevin Burke, MSS/LSW. We are honored to host the Most Reverend David Choby, Bishop of Nashville, TN and the Pastoral Director and chair of Rachel’s Vineyard; Fr. Frank Pavone. Other speakers include Monsignor Michael Magee, Msgr. Mike Mannion, Dr. Cynthia Dillard, Dr. Karen Stevenson, Eugenia Hadley among many other talented and experienced professionals and pastors.

The theme of this year’s conference is Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope. We are pleased to offer a special track for the regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign featuring co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. Teresa Tomeo will provide media training on the media influence on the culture of death. They will offer specific training for regional coordinators that will include classes on public speaking, media, healing workshops, and more! Another unique addition to the conference this year is an optional day trip to the Amish Country for a tour of a Jewish temple replica and a magnificent Theatre Production “The Story of Joseph” at the Site and Sound Theater in Lancaster.

This year’s conference participants are coming from far and wide, representing many states and countries, including Australia, Canada, Uganda, Jamaica, and Singapore. This is the first year that RV has had to, regrettably, turn attendees away. With such a large and diverse group joining together next week, speakers and attendees will be sure to inspire each other with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a culture of life.

For more information on this topic, please contact Kathleen Corrigan or Amanda Miner at (610)354-0555.

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Another First Amendment Triumph for Pro-Life Movement

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Date: July 13, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today following U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley’s decision to block enforcement of a New York City law aimed at pregnancy care centers.

“Once again, the First Amendment has prevailed for pro-lifers,” Father Pavone said. “Moreover, it is again clear that the abortion industry in America is simply afraid of the pro-life movement’s ability to provide effective alternatives.

“Building on today’s decision, we will continue to promote the work of pregnancy centers and their right to speak of their work in the way they choose, not in words imposed on them by the government.”

Local Law 17 was set to take effect tomorrow. The law would have required pregnancy centers to post signs and provide specifically worded information on their services.

The judge’s decision may be read at here.

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

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Caylee Anthony: Death Of The Innocent

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Jeremiah 4:31 – I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child – the cry of the Daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, “Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers.”

Little Caylee Anthony is dead. She will never bear her first child. Like the millions of little girls aborted in the womb, they and Caylee will never bear their own babies. Their lives have been snuffed out before they can ever dream of being mothers. This is very sad.

Talk about a broken justice system. How about a broken heart? America has just witnessed a great tragedy. A little girl, Caylee is dead. Her mother was accused of killing her daughter; then she was acquitted. America’s dirty laundry was aired in the news while the world stood by watching. Yes America, we have dirty laundry. We stand by as spectators while our innocents are slaughtered! Once again, Americans have been found watching on the sidelines while the tragedy of a death of innocence goes unanswered.

What do I mean by this? Like little Caylee, millions of other little American babies are dead. Unlike Caylee, these little babies are being killed in the womb of their mothers by abortion. Casey Anthony didn’t want to be a mother. She went out dancing while her daughter Caylee was missing and most likely dead.

The real tragedy doesn’t end with little Caylee’s death. Her mother is not doing so well either. Casey can pretend to be jubilant about her so called victory, but somewhere inside that shell that we call Casey Anthony, is a soul in deep denial and most likely deeper depression. Mothers who abort their babies often experience trauma after the loss. Little Caylee’s death represents a late-late term abortion. Her life has been cut off just as surely as if she had been aborted in Casey’s womb; only it happened a couple of years later. So in a way, Casey is post-abortive. Surely Casey is traumatized about everything that is happening, including her alleged molestation history, the death of her daughter and all of the other drama that her family is experiencing.

My heart is broken. Let me just go on record before God by publically stating that I am so very sorry that Caylee is dead. I am sorry that her family; her mother, her dad, her grandparents, uncle, other relatives and neighbors and friends, and yes, the jury who acquitted Casey are so dysfunctional as to allow all of this to happen.

Even if Casey was acquitted of murder, she is guilty of not protecting her baby and pro-choice American are just as guilty of not protecting the unborn.

I reached out to a friend in my grief, and was comforted by her response that I am not alone in feeling shock, hurt and anger at a system, a nation and a world who allow our innocents to suffer and die.

She said that this is not only a miscarriage of justice — it’s an abortion of justice — and a termination of belief in the legal system.  It’s hostage to the culture of death!

I agree with my friend. The justice system is hostage to the culture of death. To date, our justice system upholds Roe VS Wade, the law that allows the slaughter by abortion of little babies in the womb. Now, that same justice system has allowed the death of little Caylee to go unanswered. Let us pray for little Caylee and her misguided family. Let us pray for all the little children in danger of abortion and all the other cruel tragedies that are lurking in their lives. It is all too sad.

With all this being said, we must also look to the future with hope! Hope that we awaken to the reality that abortion kills babies and hurts women and men. Hope that we will pray constantly for the end of abortion in our country and around the world. Hope that all children those in the womb and those that are born will not be harmed in any way. Hope that some good can come from such a tragedy as little Caylee’s death. And most importantly, Hope because Jesus has already won victory over death through His death on the cross and His resurrection from death.

Victory is already ours but we must do our part. We must pray and protect the unborn and indeed all children to the best of our ability until that victory is realized, in God’s time.

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Abortion Supporter Bloodies Peaceful Pro-Life Activist in Violent Beating

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

VIDEO of attack: Violent Abortion Supporter Draws Blood in Vicious Attack

Albuquerque, NM – A woman who claimed to be a supporter of abortion violently attacked peaceful pro-life protesters yesterday outside Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, inflicting wounds that left one protester bloody.

The woman was angry and told the pro-lifers that she had once had an abortion. She then began to viciously punch and kick Bud Shaver, a former Operation Rescue intern, and a woman named Chris. She used keys as a weapon, inflicting a deep gash on Shaver’s head that paramedics said required stitches.

Help Bud Shaver get justice. Contact:
Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz
Voice: (505) 768-2200

Read the entire story at Operation Rescue.

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LIFE is neither Democrat nor Republican, White nor Black, Man nor Woman

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The issue of “LIFE” is not to be determined by your political affiliation, your religious beliefs, your skin color, your age, or your gender. Life is a human issue.

And as humans we should all want to preserve our race, the human race. Not the White race, the Brown race, the Yellow race, or the Black race, but the one human race.

Yet there are many misconceptions about the Pro-Life movement. Many think that it’s made up of Republican, Catholics, Whites, middle to upper age, men. But the reality is that the Pro-Life movement is made up of people from all political parties, all walks of life, all skin colors, all religious beliefs, all genders, and all ages. The lies that continue the misconceptions are spread by the Pro-Abortion movements that want people of color and women to think that the rich, White men want to control them by controlling their bodies and their reproductive health.

The truth is that in today’s America if somebody says they stand for life, others shouldn’t say, “but you’re a Democrat.” Nobody should assume that if someone is a Catholic, they’re Pro-Life or if you’re young that you’re Pro-Choice.

One such case is Representative Daphne Campbell, a Democrat from South Florida who stood up for life and was attacked by other Democrats. In a recent video/press conference she stated that a bill she’s going to introduce next year is “not a Democrat bill; it is not a Republican bill.”

Another example is the women and men of Silent No More Awareness Campaign. These women and men are speaking out about the horrors, pain, and deceptions of abortion. They’re telling their stories of how abortion has touched their lives, the damaging effects of abortion and how they found healing and forgiveness.

And yet another group that goes contrary to the misconception is the National Black Pro-Life Coalition (NBPC), a group of Black Pro-Life Leaders that joined forces to expose the abortions industry for the racist, eugenics-rooted business that it is. They are working to fight against the genocide of the Black community by the abortion industry as a whole and specifically against Planned Parenthood, whose founder, Margaret Sanger, once said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.”

Life is a basic right, a right that every human person should have. The scientific evidence is clear. A baby in the womb, from the moment of conception, is a unique individual human being different from his/her mother. The baby has twenty-three chromosomes from the father and twenty-three chromosomes from the mother. The baby is not a part of the father and is not a part of the mother. He/she is living human person. Nobody can deny that.

A judge in Indiana recently rendered a judgment that specifically said, “Human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.” Steve Aden, a pro-life attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund said in comments to, “No one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life is worthless. Abortionists have done this by telling women that a pre-born baby is just a batch of cells instead of what he or she actually is: a human being. This law ends that deception in Indiana,” he said. “All the court did was recognize the indisputable fact that a biological human life begins at conception. It is false to say anything else.”

I don’t understand why anyone would be against life.

I am a Black woman and I am PRO-LIFE.

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Happy Fathers’ Day

Friday, June 17th, 2011

“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord…
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them…”
– Psalm 127:3,5

My pastor asked me this week to recall three things my father, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King taught me. I quickly responded this way. Daddy taught me that Jesus walked on the water, and he calmed the seas. I believed my daddy, and he taught me early to follow on to know Jesus. Daddy gave me my “sweet sixteen” birthday party, and my first set of pearls. He taught me that I am a pearl of great price, a jewel to be treasured and never abused. He taught me all about civil rights and human rights, and took me on marches and to protests, and taught me to approach civil unrest with prayer, love and nonviolence. These three memory gifts I shared with my pastor and his wife. I didn’t mention that Daddy taught me how to cook, how to swim, how to discern between friends and enemies, and so many more things. He gave me the gift of 23 chromosomes, which are part of my life. Daddy gave me my name. Al (after him) Veda (life) Celeste (to get me as close to Heaven as he could he said). The name King spans generations, from Africa and Ireland, and my mother’s father was part Native American. My Daddy gave me so much during his lifetime, that there isn’t room to tell all. I miss him so much.

My Daddy and Granddaddy saved me from abortion in 1950. My mother Naomi Barber King was a young woman starting her first year in college, and she was approached by the Birth Control League (which later became Planned Parenthood) with literature about “women’s rights.” They were saying that a baby in the womb was a “lump of flesh” and that women didn’t have to stay pregnant if they didn’t want to. Abortion was illegal in those days, so a procedure called DNC was recommended. Mother’s mother, Big Mama Bessie wasn’t buying this, so she took Mother to see my grandfather, Daddy King. Granddaddy told Mother, “Neenie, they are lying to you. This isn’t a lump of flesh, she’s my granddaughter, I saw her in a dream three years ago. She has bright red hair and fair skin.” Daddy King had a dream, and his dream is in my genes. The King Family legacy is filled with dreamers, my famous uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being the most noted among us.

In celebrating Fathers’ Day this year, I am reminded of another father, American Idol judge Steven Tyler. In his recent book, he tells his story about being there when his son was aborted. I am reminded how much abortion affects not only the babies in the womb, not just the mothers of the babies, but the fathers too. I’m wondering if actor Russell Crowe ever thinks about this? He recently tweeted, “Abortion should always be a woman’s choice, there is no benefit to ‘forced’ motherhood…you got it? don’t like it then bye,” which was in contradiction to an earlier tweet about circumcision in which among other things he said, “…Babies are perfect.” and that he will “always stand for the perfection of babies, I will always believe in God…”

Today I want to celebrate fathers who along with the mothers of their children, choose life. I also want to pray with those post abortive fathers, and tell them about Rachael’s Vineyard and Silent No More Awareness. I’m a post abortive mother, and have found hope and healing after abortion. In his book, Redeeming a Father’s Heart, Kevin Burke says men need healing too.

Anyway, Happy Fathers’ Day to fathers everywhere.

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As Terrible as it May Sound; White Indifference to Black Abortion Rates

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

By: Kevin Burke and Dr. Alveda King

In The Chicago Tribune (April 25, 2011) Dennis Byrne uses a recent billboard controversy in Chicago as an urgent plea to move beyond the polarizing abortion rhetoric to take a closer look at abortion in the African American community.

The billboard features a picture of President Barack Obama and proclaims:

“Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted.” It’s part of a national campaign that states that “Black children are an endangered species.”

It’s hard to argue with the facts.

According to the Census Bureau, the rate of abortions in 2006 among black women was 50 per 1,000, compared with 14 for white women and 22 for “other” women. In New York City, 6 out of every 10 unborn African Americans are aborted! Since 1973 13 million African American pregnancies have been ended by abortion.

What is the public response to the alarming abortion rate, especially in places like NYC? The response is often indifference… and silence.

However, a response to Byrne’s Chicago Tribune article in the comments section is illuminative, because beneath this silence lie unspoken assumptions:

“Let them exercise their right to abortions. As terrible as it may sound, imagine the crime rates and social services that would be required in addition to all we already provide, if abortions didn’t happen in the black community.”

For many Americans, (particularly among non blacks) abortion is seen as a “terrible” but necessary solution to managing the birth rate of a community where the Family is already on life support and city and state budgets for social services are pushed to the breaking point.

Missing The Post Abortion Connection

The tragic mistake here is the failure to see the high price that minority communities pay for their high abortion rate. There is a dynamic and toxic synergy at work in the after-effects of the abortion procedure interacting with and intensifying the ongoing social problems that plague these communities. How does the experience of abortion make black women, their living children and relationships more vulnerable to ongoing dysfunction, exploitation, poverty and abuse?

In Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion, Dr Theresa Burke reveals that for many women, while abortion may initially appear to solve the problem of an unplanned pregnancy, the unfolding consequences of the procedure can be devastating. This is especially true for women who have a previous history of sexual, emotional/physical abuse. Dr Burke found that in her work with thousands of post abortive women, this population with previous abuse/trauma had a higher rate of depression, anxiety, relationship instability, and parenting problems after their abortion.

If we look at the rate of sexual abuse among Africa Americans, we find a group of women that is especially vulnerable to post abortion complications:

* 1 in 4 women, 3.3 million African American women have been sexually abused.
(No Secrets No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse, Robin D. Stone)

How does previous abuse intensify post abortion symptoms and complicate post abortion recovery? Dr Burke shares in Forbidden Grief that the invasive and painful experience of the abortion procedure serves to re enact the physical and emotional violation of previous sexual abuse. After the abortion the women experiences a powerful resurgence of the repressed shame, anxiety, and grief of that previous exploitation. The common coping mechanism for this unleashed traumatic emotion…addictive substances, impulsive acting out in relationships, episodes of rage and grief.

We think that abortion will protect an African American woman from the challenges of single parenthood, or the burden of additional mouths to feed. But this is a suicidal trap for the black community.

Abortion creates emotional, spiritual and physical wounds and vulnerabilities that only exacerbate pre existing abuse and other trauma and makes women more vulnerable to ongoing exploitation, dysfunction and abuse and in their relationships.

We know that this instability and dysfunction in relationships leads to breakdown in family life, leaving children vulnerable to predatory relatives, partners and friends. The cycle continues…more abuse, more trauma, more abortions, more death.

Multiple Abortions

When a woman has her first abortion, and is unable to find emotional and spiritual healing of that loss, she is more likely to find herself on the abortionist table again. The most recent statistics from the Alan Guttmacher Institute reveal that 47% of abortions are repeat procedures. Many see this as callous irresponsibility on the part of minority women (though repeat abortion statistics are consistent among other nationalities.)

But there is a tragic psychological drama unfolding in the lives of these post abortive women. Dr Burke explored the dynamics of repeat abortions in her international clinical experience. She discovered that abortion in these cases becomes part of an unconscious process to gain mastery over the experience and feelings associated with the initial abortion trauma…to feel a sense of control, and over time, detached indifference.
But this traumatic mastery comes at a high price as emotional and relational dysfunction flourish in these women’s lives. (This reveals the importance of emotional and spiritual healing of this loss, for women and men in programs like Rachel’s Vineyard. Obviously we want to prevent abortions if at all possible. However, if there is an abortion, healing resources are essential after that initial procedure to prevent multiple abortions and deepening dysfunction.)

The Cycle of Death

This cycle of death and destruction in the African American community will never end as long as abortion is seen as an acceptable way to respond to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. It is indeed challenging to face the scope and complexity of the problems facing our poor minority communities. It is tempting to see abortion as a cost effective and even compassionate short term solution to these problems:

“As terrible as it may sound, imagine the crime rates and social services that would be required in addition to all we already provide, if abortions didn’t happen in the black community.”

As terrible as it may sound ? …it’s even worse than it sounds.

Abortion, far from being a cost effective solution is in effect accelerating the devastating implosion of poor black communities.

Dr Alveda King, Niece of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and other influential African American leaders, are pointing to the film Maafa21 produced by Life Dynamics as proving factual evidence that this implosion in poor black communities is rooted in a well planned and orchestrated strategy of genocide by the eugenics movement. Blacks, the poor and other minorities are at the top of the list for elimination, or at the very least reduction of their populations by abortion. If you think this is crazy conspiracy thinking, please take the time to view this powerful film and remember that 6 out of 10 unborn black children die by abortion in New York City alone.

Justice for All

Dr. Alveda King often quotes her uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when she addresses the issue of abortion:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Targeting vulnerable minority communities with birth control and abortion services has decimated the black community. But genocide in any form is an injustice to our society as a whole and threatens the fundamental and inalienable rights and liberties endowed to all of us by our Creator.

A just and compassionate society must find solutions that value the lives of African American unborn children and the health and welfare of their parents and communities. Abortion is not the answer.

Dr. Alveda King is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, and serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Kevin Burke, LSW is the co founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, also serves as a Pastoral Associate with Priests for Life and is the author of Redeeming A Father’s Heart.

Originally printed in Rachel’s Vineyard June Newsletter, Vine and Branches.

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