SOUTHPORT -- Making life choices that don't include abortion is crucial to carrying out the dream of Martin Luther King Jr., a niece of the slain civil rights leader told Notre Dame High School students Tuesday.
The Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 made it possible for women to choose to abort their babies and violate their babies' civil rights, Alveda King, pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, said during her talk, "How Can the Dream Survive?"
"A woman has the right to choose what she does with her body, but the baby is not her body," she said. "Where's the lawyer for the baby? How can the dream survive if we murder the children?"
The law says the woman can make the decision to have an abortion and take away the civil rights of another human being even if the father wants the baby to be born, said King, 60.
She said she is the grandmother of five and has six adult children, as well as two aborted children and one miscarried child.
"I made a mistake to have abortions, and they were terrible mistakes, terrible choices," she said.
"My mother wanted to abort me in 1950. Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. told her, 'You know, that's not a lump of flesh. The Birth Control League is lying to you. That's a little girl with brown skin and bright red hair. I saw her in a dream three years ago,'" said King, whose heritage is Irish, Cherokee and African.
"I'm talking about Martin Luther King Sr., who prophetically saw me and said what I looked like with no pretty ultrasound."
King also was featured during a Tuesday evening program at the Clemens Center in Elmira. Chemung County Right to Life sponsored her appearances because the right to life is fundamental to all civil rights, said Steve Spaulding, president of the organization.