"When we say we're pro-choice, we're saying we're pro-murder," an advocate against abortion told an audience of about 50 on Thursday at Valparaiso University School of Law.
Alveda King, a former member of the Georgia state Legislature and the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. promoted abstinence and adoption as alternatives to what she called "womb lynching" of unborn children. She encouraged efforts in state legislatures to reduce abortions.
A woman can do what she wants with her body, King said. "The baby is not her body. That's not a blob of tissue, that's a person."
King claimed the abortion industry is targeting African-Americans, saying that more than one-third of an estimated 49 million abortions since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision have been performed on blacks. She characterized Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger as "a devout racist."
Abortion in cases of rape was not justified, King said. Rape is a violent act and an abortion forces further violence on the victim, she said.
King, who had two involuntary abortions as a young woman before taking a pro-life stance, called the sexual revolution of her generation a "disaster" that broke down the family.
If her uncle were alive, he could not condone abortion, King said.
"He absolutely couldn't," she said. "How can the dream survive if we murder the children?"
The talk was sponsored by the student organization Jus Vitae.