FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jerry Horn,
Date: July 27, 2006
Statement by Alveda King on Extension of
the Voting Rights Act
The right to vote has always been fundamental in
America, yet it took years of struggle and sacrifice before that right was
extended to everyone in this country. I am intimately familiar with that
struggle and sacrifice.
While I am thrilled that the right to vote will
continue to be guaranteed by the Voting Rights Act, I am grieved that another
fundamental right has not yet been extended to everyone in this country – the
right to life. As a post-abortive mother and Pastoral Associate at Priests
for Life, I am intimately familiar with the struggle and sacrifice to extend
this right, as well.
African Americans comprise 12 percent of this nation’s
population, yet 32 percent of the babies aborted in the United States are black.
To put it bluntly, abortion is doing what those who lynched and bombed and
burned could not – it is taking away the God given rights of African Americans
and everyone else who society today doesn’t wish to recognize as equals.
Discrimination and violence against the weak and
voiceless of all colors and ethnicities continue in the form of abortion, but
they must and will end.
I sincerely thank President Bush for his support of the
Voting Rights Act. And I bless him for supporting the right to life of all
of God’s children.
Contact Alveda at Priests for Life – 718-980-4400
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life
organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information,