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Date: June 12, 2008

Coerced Georgia Teen Is Victim of “the Lies of Choice” Says Dr. Alveda King

Atlanta, GA – The case of a pregnant Georgia teen who was pressured into an illegal abortion by her boyfriend’s mother is the latest illustration of the lies surrounding abortion, Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, said today. In the case, a 16-year-old girl was intimidated into having an abortion by her boyfriend’s mother, who forged a parental notification form and then arranged and paid for the procedure without the girl’s parents’ knowledge.

“Abortion is founded upon, maintained by, and promoted with lies,” said Dr. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “There are so many lies surrounding the case of this young girl, it’s hard to know where to begin. Obviously, there’s the falsehood of the boyfriend’s mother pretending to be the pregnant girl’s mother, the fraud of the boyfriend’s mother illegally signing a parental notification form, and the deception of the girl’s unknowing parents, who never knew their grandchild existed until it was too late. Most of all, there’s the lie that the child who was killed by abortion was not really a child.”

“I pray for the young girl who was forced to abort her baby. I want her to know that there is healing, just as I have been healed from my own two abortions,” added Dr. King. “I pray for the mother of the girl’s boyfriend who now sits in jail for her illegal actions. May she come to understand that her actions caused many people a lot of pain. And I also pray for the people who work in abortion clinics who are both victims and proponents of the lies of ‘choice.’ They need to see that prenatal murder is an affront to justice everywhere. May the Lord have mercy on us all.”

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