Dr. Alveda King on Capitol Hill Tomorrow: Health Reform Should Include the Unborn and Elderly as Recipients of Care, Not Victims of Genocide

Priests for Life

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Contact:  Margaret, 888-735-3448, ext. 251

Date: August 17, 2009

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will join fellow civil rights leaders Tuesday for a Capitol Hill press conference on the need to exclude genocide from health care reform.

“The unborn and elderly should be included in health insurance reform as recipients of care, not victims of genocide,” said Dr. King. “Abortion, also called a ‘woman’s reproductive health service’ and ‘population control,’ is genocide; so is euthanasia. We support procreative reproductive health care. Abortion is not health care and should be specifically excluded from any pending reform legislation. And we say yes to facilitating the care, not the demise, of the elderly and infirm.”

In addition to the press conference, Dr. King will join Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union, Kristen Day of Democrats for Life, Donna J. Harrison, M.D., of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, and Pastor Dean Nelson of the Network of Politically Active Christians to discuss with Congressional staff why abortion must not be increased by including it as a part of health care legislation.

“As a post-abortive mother and victim of the harsh aftereffects of abortion, I know firsthand the pain and grief of this form of genocide. Millions of babies, including my own, are dead from this population control campaign,” noted Dr. King. “I was deeply moved by the statement of Representative Joseph Cao of Louisiana who said he would rather lose his seat in Congress than vote for a bill that funded abortion. His elevation of others’ lives over his own personal interests is not only the mark of a true statesman, but of a humble member of the Beloved Community of which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often spoke.”

“Uncle Martin’s dream includes everyone,” added Dr. King. “Now is the time for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to join together in a ‘dream choir’ to proclaim that health care reform should also include everyone, young and old, born and unborn.”

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.