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Alveda King is plaintiff in Obamacare lawsuit

 

W. Winston Skinner

Times-Herald.com
8/24/2013

   
 

Dr. Alveda King, whose father was a Newnan pastor, is a plaintiff in a lawsuit regarding employer provision in the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare.

Alveda King is a social activist and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life in Staten Island, N.Y. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was her uncle.

The American Freedom Law Center filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on behalf of Priests for Life. The suit challenges the Obamacare mandate that Priests for Life’s insurance plan must provide contraception, abortifacients and sterilization services to its employees.

The day the suit was filed, Priests for Life sponsored a webcast with Rep. Michele Bachmann as the guest speaker.

Priests for Life was the fourth organization to file a lawsuit against the mandate in February 2012. The court protected Priests for Life from the effects of the mandate, but declined to rule on its merits.

When accommodations for faith-based groups were released in June, Priests for Life leaders felt those accommodations did not provide the protection the organization needs from being forced to cover objectionable drugs and services as part of their health plans.

“As we predicted from the outset, the accommodation turned out to be no accommodation at all,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. The lawsuit alleges that the regulations violate the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by forcing religious organizations to violate their religious beliefs.

King, Pavone and Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, are the plaintiffs in the suit.

Alveda King said the Obama administration’s insistence on free contraception is an affront to civil rights. “There are racist and eugenic roots to this thinking,” she said.

“Efforts to control the population always target minority and lower-income groups,” King stated. “We will not sit still and allow this to happen.

“Priests for Life still becomes the gateway through which people can have insurance coverage for some of the very things that our international ministry was formed to combat,” Pavone said.

In 2011, Alveda King spoke in Peachtree City at the Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center’s first fundraising banquet. In 2008, she was the featured speaker at a press gathering sponsored by Georgia Right to Life at the Georgia Capitol on Human Life Amendment Day.

Alfred Daniel Williams King, Alveda King’s father, became pastor of Mt. Vernon First Baptist Church in Newnan in 1959. “He only pastored four churches, and one of them was Mt. Vernon,” Dianne Wood of the African-American Alliance said of A.D. King in a 2009 interview.

Mt. Vernon was the first pastorate for the recent Morehouse graduate, and his older brother preached a revival at Mt. Vernon during the time A.D. King was a pastor in Newnan.

A.D. King pastored churches in Birmingham, Ala., and Louisville, Ky., before returning to historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was co-pastor with his father after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. The co-pastorate at the historic Atlanta church lasted only about a year.

A.D. King, an accomplished swimmer, died July 21, 1969, in what was officially deemed a drowning accident. His death — like that of his brother — has been the subject of controversy over the years.

Martin Luther King “and my father, Rev. A. D. King, are brothers, fallen soldiers of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement who now reside in heaven,” Alveda King said.

   
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