Destruction of Life Feeds Hopelessness in Black Community States Dr. Alveda King
Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece
of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said today that African American
hopelessness documented in a new Pew Research poll is linked in part to the high
abortion rate in the black community. The Pew poll, released Tuesday, found
that less than half of African Americans believe life will get better for them.
"Children are the future. When you destroy your children, you destroy
hope," said Dr. King. "The incredibly high number of abortions performed
on black women in this country has to take a toll not just on the women
involved, but also on their families, friends, and communities. If African
Americans feel that life will not get better, I have to believe that abortion is
feeding into that hopelessness."
"I know from personal experience that abortion causes depression, regret, and
despair," added Dr. King. "I also know from personal experience that this
despair can be healed and the wounded can be brought back to joy and hope
through faith. What I want the government to do is guarantee our basic
rights and the most basic right is the right to life. If we love and
welcome our children, optimism for the future can only increase."
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization
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