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March in Selma highlights plight of women harmed and killed by abortion

Leslie Palma-Simoncek
Director of Communications, Priests for Life

June 22, 2015
   
 
An abortionist targeted for his unscrupulous practices in Selma, Alabama, suggested that the hundreds of pro-lifers who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge this past weekend were merely members of a fringe group trying to capitalize on the publicity the bridge generated earlier this year with the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march and the release of the feature film “Selma.”
 
But Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, who took part in the prayer rally and march, said abortionist Samuel C. Lett is well aware that the battle for human rights for those in the womb has been going on for nearly 50 years. Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided in 1973, but the pro-life battle began years before that.
 
Now, Dr. King said, “The pressure is on Dr. Lett and on abortionists all over the country. Black lives matter, women’s lives matter, and every human life matters.”
 
Dr. King said the event dubbed the Selma Project  was very successful in that it “turned the attention of the nation and the world to the plight of women – particularly African-American women—who are harmed by abortion.” Two of the most recent abortion deaths that pro-lifers are aware of ended the lives of young black women who each died with her unborn child and left her older child motherless.
 
“What we are trying to teach people is that the shockwaves of abortion are impacting families, communities and our whole nation,” Dr. King said. “This is a time of turmoil in America.”
During the event, Dr. King reminded those gathered that the Selma Project was timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S.A.
 
“On this anniversary of Juneteenth, 150 years after American slaves received notice of their liberation from slavery, there are still many people who do not want African-American women to truly experience life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our babies and their mothers are still chattel, slaves to the scourge of genocide. Apathy to the plight of women who should matter is giving cover to the notorious killing centers of America.”
 
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for  Life, also submitted a statement for the event.
 
In his remarks, Father Pavone noted that it is up to individual states to enforce laws having to do with abortion “regardless of the fact that it touches on the politically charged issue of abortion.”
 
He also said it is up to the Church to help abortionists find a way out of the barbaric industry.
“We in the Church must work to call abortionists to repentance and to help them realize how damaged they are and how much healing and grace are available to them if they open their mind and heart to receive them,” Father Pavone said.
   
 
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