"Stop Patriarchy" is a radical organization that says it wants to end the enslavement and degradation of women.
But at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., members of this anarchist group cursed at Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, as she led a one-woman, non-violent protest against their antics.
Wearing white pants splattered with fake blood, a few dozen members of the group gathered in front of the Supreme Court, harassing marchers and trying to tear down the signs that were set up for the Silent No More gathering that was about to begin. This gathering honors women and men who regret their involvement with abortion, and listens to their voices.
"Abortion advocates consistently fail to listen to the voices of women," said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The group of extremists who tried to impede our activities on January 22 failed to respect the very women the abortion industry claims to serve, and insulted the niece of one of our nation's most revered icons. These abortion advocates showed their true colors: anti-life, anti-woman, and racist."
A video with images from the altercation may be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=uIkgGq4aX0U&app=desktop
Here’s how Dr. King recalls it:
“As I was sitting in front of the Supreme Court that day, my 64th birthday no less, the back and forth challenges between the pro-abortion protesters on one side and the pro-life marchers on the other side began to heat up. I began thinking of my uncle’s words, ‘We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools’ and I began to pray. As I prayed, I became grieved in my heart, and seemed to be led by the Spirit of God to walk between the two groups and then lie down in the street with sanctity of life sign and pray.
“As I walked towards the young people I watched pro-abortion protesters with their white pants splotched with red paint between their legs; some waving coat hangers and hurling profanity into the air, my heart ached and I felt moved to pray for them.
“I also prayed for my pro-life brothers and sisters who rallied to answer the pro-abortion voices. I thought about God’s Love and how people, not knowing and understanding John 3:16, are perishing for lack of the knowledge of the Love of God.
“The pro-abortion protesters were shouting for ‘reproductive rights’ not seeming to understand that they were promoting death as a solution. Somehow, I just wanted to take them in my arms and lovingly explain to them, “Don’t you understand that every human person has the same right as you and me, the right to life? And that choice that you are fighting for is the choice to kill a tiny human person? And mothers and dads and everybody suffers from such choices?
“There was no room for my voice, there was so much shouting. So, I lay down on the ground and I quietly prayed for God to help us love each other and stop the killing.
“Someone shouted, ‘Get off of our property!’ I thought about sitting up and explaining that we all had the constitutional right to be there, but I just kept on praying.
Then, a young man looked down at me and shouted something like “who is that old nigger bitch on the ground?”
When someone from our Priests for Life team told him I am the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, he ran away into the crowd.”
Was that young man preaching respect for women? No, he was sharing a message of hatred, bordering on violence. He didn’t stay to hear Dr. King’s testimony of abortion regret. He didn’t hear the words of former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, who described in detail how he used to perform dismemberment abortions, or of former Planned Parenthood worker Catherine Adair, who told of the cold and callous attitudes of people who kill babies for a living.
As Dr. King and the Priests for Life team watched some of the protesters led away, in wrist restraints, by the police, she made a silent vow:
“I will keep praying, whether standing, sitting, kneeling or from the ground, every year that the Lord permits me to and I will continue to pray for all humanity, not just until the day that we abolish abortion in America and around the world; but until God’s love breaks through the stony hearts and His glory is revealed.”
Mark Valonzo, Priests for Life’s chief operating officer, said Dr. King showed amazing courage, commenting to him during the ordeal that she was not afraid.
“She said to me, ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen? I could die’” he recalled. “Her commitment and her courage were absolute.”
Father Pavone said people who are shouting in the streets about women’s enslavement are cowards who hide behind slogans and signs to avoid having to tell the truth about what they’re fighting for: Slaughter of the most innocent human beings.
But pro-lifers with the courage of Martin Luther King and his niece Alveda are not afraid of the truth.
“When we fight this battle, we’re not afraid to talk about what we’re fighting for,” Father Pavone said. “We don’t content ourselves with cursing at our opponents and disappearing into the crowd. We’re not afraid to name the evil and describe it to the public, because the more we talk about what abortion really is, the more hearts and minds we win for life.”
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.