ATLANTA – On the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” his niece, Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, says her uncle’s letter applies just as profoundly today to abortion as it did in 1963 to segregation.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, concurred, saying, "Today, that letter still speaks. Just as it spoke in his day on behalf of those who suffered the violence of segregation, so now it speaks for those who suffer the violence of abortion."
Dr. King said of her uncle’s famous letter:
“If Uncle M.L. were alive today, he would surely include the 21st century womb babies and their mothers in his ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail.’ The atrocity of abortion in America has killed millions of human babies who are often considered to be property, chattel, and less than human.
"In his 1963 letter, he wrote that segregation ‘ends up relegating persons to the status of things.’ Change ‘segregation’ to ‘abortion’ and you have the year 2013.
“Jim Crow laws gave us the continuing dehumanization of African-Americans, beatings, lynchings, and the Ku Klux Klan. Roe v. Wade has given us the dehumanization of unborn and, now, born babies, skull crushings, spine snippings. Consider Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia; the Planned Parenthood Chicago facility that killed Tonya Reaves; and all of the other hundreds of abortion providers and Planned Parenthood officials who can’t say whether fully born babies who survive abortions should be helped to live.
“In ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Uncle M.L. noted that by their effort and example, early Christians ‘brought an end to such evils as infanticide’ in the Greco-Roman world. We now know, however, that the Greco-Roman world has been revived in abortion clinics across the land. Where the ancients would leave their unwanted babies to die of exposure, abortionists now leave their ‘mistakes’ to die in corners or closets – or worse.
“My Uncle M.L. once wrote in 1953 that the most segregated hour in America is 11 a.m. on Sunday because back then blacks and whites didn't often worship together.
“Fast forward to 2013, where minority mothers and our babies are targeted by abortion providers as the most vulnerable recipients of abortion in the name of women's rights and solutions to poverty. Even Gosnell, whose defense lawyer said if women want Mayo Clinic standards they should go to the Mayo Clinic, yes even Gosnell's ‘House of Horrors’ had a slightly cleaner ‘White Only’ surgical room, while black women and their babies were butchered in a torture chamber in another section of the abortion mill. All the while, they all keep trying to hide the fact that all abortions are dangerous to a woman's health, her baby's life, and generally result in death and misery.
“The most segregated place a woman can go today is an abortion mill!
"Uncle M. L. once asked: ‘How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: 'An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.’
“Rev. King was a man of God and a preacher of the Word. He sought a peace that was not just the absence of tension, but the presence of justice. He would agree that there can be no real peace in a society that tolerates injustice. He would most certainly agree that the taking of innocent lives is a horrible injustice. There is no doubt that just as my Uncle M.L. called America’s clergy to awaken 50 years ago to the moral transgression of segregation, he would today sound out a call for a moral awakening and urge all Americans and indeed all human beings around the world today to awaken to the grievous wrong of abortion, and the subsequent devastation of natural marriage and family."
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.