King's niece speaks against abortion
By NICOLE SAFKER
The Independent Florida Alligator
News from all of Florida
March 29, 2007
"How can the dream survive if we murder the children?" asked
King, niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke to
about 50 people in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Wednesday night in an
effort to "spread the truth" about abortion and its dangers.
"Each and every one should have a chance to live, and it starts
in the womb," she said.
The event was sponsored by UF's Pro-Life Alliance.
King has been a member of the House of Representatives, a lawyer,
a businesswoman, an actress and a mother of six. When she was pregnant with her
second child in 1970 at age 19, King said her doctor told her at her six-month
checkup that she didn't need to have another child. The doctor then aborted her
baby without her permission, she said. King said involuntary abortions were once
"He made that decision for me," King said.
She said she made the choice to have another abortion in 1973. In
1976, she said she was feeling "post-abortive" and depressed. She conceived
another child and experienced her first ultrasound.
"It was then that I realized that it was a person, not a blob of
tissue," King said.
That experience, she said, changed her from an abortion rights
stance to an anti-abortion one, and she decided to become an advocate for the
unborn. King said her devotion to Christianity gave her strength to speak out.
"The message was allowed to slip through teaching and preaching,"
said the Rev. Kenneth Curry, pastor of Gainesville Full Gospel Christian Church,
who participated in a question-and-answer session after the speech.