“All” Means Everyone

The nation’s first Freedom Rides for the unborn were held this summer, under the leadership of Priests for Life and Dr. Alveda King. Most of the civil rights leaders with whom we have spoken understand the connection between the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement, because they understand the common principle involved: the sacredness and equal dignity of every human life, despite differences in the circumstances under which that life is lived.

A few, however, do not understand it, and to them we ask: when civil rights activists declared that all people were equal, exactly which people were they not referring to? When Dr King asserted that nonviolence was the only appropriate response to a problem, exactly which people was he saying would be appropriate victims after all?

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