Pro-life in movement

Bill Sherman
World Religion Writer

January 23, 2013

American society is gradually moving toward a pro-life position, Alveda King told some 3,000 people who marched through downtown Tulsa on Tuesday, the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

"Can you feel the hope and promise in the atmosphere?" asked King, the niece of slain civil-rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Addressing Tulsa's fourth annual March for Life, King said pro-life pregnancy-care centers now vastly outnumber abortion clinics in the United States.

"We're winning. We now outnumber the enemy," she said, urging her listeners to be more diligent in 2013 and not to be "weary of well-doing."

King said that as a young woman, she went to Planned Parenthood and had an abortion, a decision she did not discuss with her family or spiritual leaders.

"For a few years, I was tricked. It was all lies," she said.

Later, pregnant again, she told her grandfather, Martin Luther King Sr., that she was going to get an abortion.

"Baby, we don't do that in this family," he told her. "That's a little person that God made."

That "little person" is now an attorney, she said.

Her famous uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., also opposed abortion, she said.

"In 1983, I became born-again" and repented of having an abortion, she said.

She then became an outspoken national advocate of the pro-life position.

King spoke at the H.A. Chapman Centennial Green, a park at Sixth and Main streets, the end-point of a march that assembled in front of Holy Family Cathedral, at Eighth Street and Boulder Avenue.


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