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Advocating for the Unborn: An Interview with Dr. Alveda King

alveda kingI was recently blessed to interview Dr. Alveda King, daughter of Rev. A.D. King and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a powerhouse in the pro-life community, working tirelessly to bring the horrors of abortion to light and to bring an end to the ongoing slaughter of millions of babies each year. She works with Priests for Life as the Director of African American Outreach. She is passionate about not only ending abortion but also for carrying on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality for all, including the unborn. Following in her father’s and uncle’s footsteps, she bravely speaks from her heart, stands up to the injustices she sees taking place in our world, and refuses to allow anyone to be denied their God-given right to life.

Thank you for taking a moment to read what Dr. King shared with me. Her words are a powerful reminder that there is still so much to do to end this war against the tiniest humans in our communities, against the women who bear them, against the fathers who love them, and against our family units. However, as you’ll see, Dr. King reminds us that with God’s love, forgiveness, and help, we can still overcome this scourge.

The Catholic Church takes a strong, unrelenting stance on the sanctity of all life. You are not Catholic and yet you work with Priests for Life. Why did you choose to work with a Catholic Organization?

I believe God directed me. My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during his “I Have a Dream” speech said that he had a dream that Protestants and Catholics, Gentiles and Jews would join together and would sing “free at last!” In that effort to join with every community of faith on the planet, I accepted the invitation from Father Frank Pavone to head up the African American Outreach to educate, inform, and activate the African American community as to the terrible scourge of abortion and how the African American community is targeted, specifically by the abortion industry headed up by Planned Parenthood, to reduce our population through the scourge of abortion.

A very dear friend of mine told me that for her, in the black community, abortion is just considered “taking care of business”. When she had her abortion, no one batted an eye but said she did what “needed to be done”.  What can we do to change this attitude so that the next generation of black families doesn’t continue to fall prey this belief?

slavery When we look at the scourge of abortion, we can go back many, many thousands of years, all the way back to the Old Testament when there was a battle between Sarah and Hagar; Sarah, the wife of Abraham and her son Isaac, the heir to the Promise, and Hagar, the concubine to Abraham, through Sarah’s agreement and arrangement. Sarah said to Abraham, “Take this woman into your bed and have a child so that you can have an heir.” But God had another plan. When human beings intervene in divine intentions there can be outcomes that are not beneficial. And so, with slavery throughout the years, you always had the wife of the master and the slave or servant of the master conspiring against each other, sometimes through jealousy. I know that’s hard to understand, but when you see an African American woman saying, “We just did what we had to do. We were taking care of business”, you look at what that business is. Often black women, slave women, would kill their babies rather than have them born into slavery. Often the slave master’s wife would say, “I’ll help you not have babies. We can abort your babies or we can sterilize you.”

That kind of thought has gone on throughout the ages, but now, here in the 21st century, the spirit of the abolitionist has risen again. Men and women of faith and conscience are saying, “We can help the mother, we can help the father, and save the baby. We can love the family.” And so, when we love a family, a woman no longer has to feel that in retaliation or desperation she must kill her child. She is now learning no matter what her ethnic group happens to be, that she is loved, the baby is loved. The father is learning that his seed does not have to be destroyed.

This is a very resonating message. It is tied into the faith and love of Jesus Christ in His shed blood, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” In that message is also love for the family. Women can learn that they are loved and protected and their babies are as well. The father can know that he can guard over his seed rather than see it destroyed.

Margaret Sanger had a very specific agenda in mind when she founded Planned Parenthood. As she said, the goal was in part “the extermination of the negro population”. While Planned Parenthood denies that this is still their goal, do you think they still target the black community?

margaret sanger eugenicsI always wonder, and I say it all the time, “Who hurt Margaret Sanger when she was a girl; what happened to her that was so bad it caused her to want to kill little babies and maim women and disregard the seed of the father?” There are many who leave Planned Parenthood like Abby Johnson and many in a group called the Centurions for example. Centurions are former abortion providers- doctors, nurses, those who have run the abortion mills, and they come out and say, “We don’t want to do this anymore.” By their testimony many have admitted that the goal of Planned Parenthood is to kill and abort babies and to provide harmful contraception and sterilization procedures. It’s not only directed at the African American community through genocide, one of their other large population is college campuses, another is the Latino and Hispanic communities, and certainly to all women.

Interestingly enough, we have discovered that throughout the history of abortion, since 1973 with Roe Vs Wade, that often in the Caucasian areas where most of the clientele was Caucasian, they would sometimes offer opportunities to help those young ladies keep their babies, but with the African American women it was always abortion. We do know that this genocidal eugenics plan has been in place by the testimony of some who used to work for Planned Parenthood but who have now left.

Planned Parenthood’s Jaffe Memo from 1969 gave ideas and suggestions regarding population control. Planned Parenthood claims these were merely a list of suggestions and were never the policies of Planned Parenthood. Do you feel like we see some of these suggestions implemented in today’s society?

There is a global eugenics and genocide plan for those who have the wealth and human power to control the population to make an ideal world, to care for the planet, to care for the environment, and to have a smaller population and in their minds, a more worthy population. That is the goal of eugenic and genocide. Birth control and abortion are two measures that are used in these experiments, but there are many other warfare experiments- fluoridation of water is another one. So there are many plans to control the population and to take over the planet… but this is an age old plan, a human plan. There again, there is a divine plan where the love of God has enough provisions for all human beings.

Your father and your uncle fought so hard for equal rights for all people. Is this fight for unborn babies to be recognized as valuable humans with the same rights as those who are born the same fight as the one your family fought so valiantly? How do you think they would feel about this epidemic in our nation?

king brothersI know that if they were here today they would agree with me when I say that a woman has the right to choose what she does with her body, but the baby is not her body. Where’s the lawyer for the baby? It is possible to get justice, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in a family without killing our children. Mother Teresa had some of the strongest and firmest testimony on those accounts. We all know that Mother Teresa dedicated her adult life to caring for the least of these and she shows us we don’t have to kill people to gain our own inheritance.

What can we do, especially within the black community, to promote the pro-life agenda and take a stand like Martin Luther King did for civil rights, when we have the Margaret Sangers of the world working in direct opposition to us?

First, I always pray for the Margaret Sangers of the world- their spirits, their hearts, and their lives must have been wounded terribly to cause them to make these terrible and lasting decisions. There’s a more lasting opportunity, through Christ and His love for us, to reach out and help others. I forgive Margaret Sanger, I forgive the doctor who did my first abortion and I forgive Planned Parenthood. Certainly I stand against the heinous agendas, those agendas are wrong, they can and must be exposed, but in working in prayer and in love, the bible says that when we pray we must forgive as our Heavenly Father forgives us. So as we forgive we move forward with the understanding that abortion kills a baby, harms a mother, robs a father of a birthright, and so hurts societies and hurts communities but we ask God to guide us out of this heinous scourge into Truth.

As Christians it is our duty to protect all life, from the moment of conception to natural death, do you have any suggestions that can help us uphold God’s laws in terms of upholding the sanctity of life?

We have an election year in November of this year and next year. As we move forward we must vote as Godly, Christian people, and if we will agree to do that we will find that we can elect men and women of good character. If we are able to do that we certainly see that we can begin to contribute by our prayers, our votes, our actions, and our support of the Bible… all those things as Christians that we have to do.

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If you would like to read more from Dr. Alveda King you can follow her on her blog at Priests for Life.

Dr. King hoped this interview would be published before Election Day so she could encourage us to vote for life. She directed me to the following quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on May 17, 1957-

“Give us the ballot and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights. Give us the ballot and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute books of the southern states and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the hooded perpetrators of violence. Give us the ballot and we will transform the salient misdeeds of blood-thirsty mobs into calculated good deeds of orderly citizens. Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men of good will, and send to the sacred halls of Congressmen who will not sign a Southern Manifesto, because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice. Give us the ballot and we will place judges on the benches of the South who will “do justly and love mercy,” and we will place at the head of the southern states governors who have felt not only the tang of the human, but the glow of the divine. Give us the ballot and we will quietly and nonviolently, without rancor or bitterness, implement the Supreme Court’s decision of May 17, 1954.”

Please, take your hard-earned ballot and vote for life.

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Eugenics in disguise

Not much can surprise me these days.  Being the mother of 5 children, I’ve kind of “seen it all” …. And with the baby of my 5 girls having special needs, I have experienced all kinds of worry, fear, and discovery about society’s attitude towards children that are different.  Some of these discoveries have been bad (being advised to terminate the pregnancy) and some of them have been good (Meagan, so far, defying anything doctors predicted for her).  But I must say, I read an article the other night that stopped me in my tracks.  It literally took my breath away for a second – and even pushed me to ask myself “Is this real?”

The article detailed a couple seeking treatment for their young daughter, who has a condition that prompts developmental delays, and physical malformations and organ failures alike.  The time had come where her kidneys looked like they were going to fail in the next year, so they were speaking to the Children’s hospital about a kidney transplant for their daughter.  Long story short, the doctors told the mother that her daughter would not be getting a kidney transplant….because of her mental disabilities.  As I can imagine, the mother was completely taken aback…and asked again.  The doctors repeated what they had said, and even told her if it went to an ethics board, it was still up to them and they still would not do the surgery.  Because on her sheet, highlighted, was the phrase “mentally retarded.”  The family left, devastated, and wondering where to go from there.  Who do you seek help from when your child has been denied care…not because there is no hope… but because doctors judge your daughter as ‘unworthy?’

This article and the whole situation really hit home for me.  How can the medical field decide who is worthy of treatment and who is not? How can they tell a family they won’t save their daughter – even when it is clearly stated it is what the family desires – and pass judgement on the quality of that child’s life?  At one point in the article, the doctor even told the mother “This is hard for me.”  Hard for who? For HIM?  If he did not want to truly persist in attempting to prolong life for his patients, he should not have become a doctor.  It isn’t up to him to treat the girl or not based on what he feels is a ‘bad’ quality of life!  How does he think this is for the girl’s family? Does he think this is hard for them? How selfish of the doctors to not only deny treatment based on a mental developmental delay, but then to also ACT like this decision is ‘hard for them.’

In my personal opinion, I believe this type of “treatment by judgement” is an absolute follow up to pregnancy termination.  What is our society to do when women are not talked in to terminating for medical reasons?  What is our society to do when these mothers SELFISHLY choose to bring these sick or disabled children in to the world?  Well, denying treatment based on the child’s mental disability sure seems like a great place to start.

We have all heard of the phrase “Plan B” …. It implies a back up plan to an original plan that we set out to accomplish, yet did not complete for one reason or another.  So we turn to “plan B.”  This case, and the multitude of cases I’m sure it represents are all a “Plan B.”  This approach allows the medical community, once again, to “terminate for medical reasons.”  How is this done? This time the child is here.  The child is visibly alive… the doctors can’t now kill the child…that would be murder.  So instead, we have this cunning way of disguising such a mission – and doctors, such as the ones in this article, can deny parents life saving treatment of their child based on that child’s quality (or lack there of in the doctors’ eyes) of life or mental state.  This sly approach allows society to still rid itself of those “have nots” that “misguided” mothers still brought into the world despite the “ethical” avenue of termination that was available. Disabled children escaped abortion in the womb, but only to be denied medical assistance in the outside world.

What is going on with our society? What is going on in this world that situations like this happen, probably more than we know, and it has not made the headline news, is not in major news articles, or is not sensationalized like other appalling cases like the Casey Anthony murder?  There is only one answer: the logical extention of the abortion mentality has begun.  We have started to accept “ethical” ways to let living, breathing children die because we could not kill them in the womb.  We have opened a Pandora’s box that will only lead to more intentional neglect in our medical communities.  We are on an extremely slippery slope with this mentality.  What one doctor deems an unworthy life, another may see as worthy.  When one doctor sees a mentally retarded child as a sad mental state, another may see the child as doing more than they were ever expected to do.  A doctor has no authority to use a child’s disability or mental state as a baseline for denying treatment.

Let’s take a personal case – my youngest daughter.  She was born with severe congenital Hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain).  She had a shunt surgically placed on her 3rd day of life to start to drain this fluid and hopefully let her brain grow back out.  Children with severe congenital Hydrocephalus have a wide variety of outcomes – some end up recovering fairly well and leading “normal” lives as long as the shunt keeps working and the brain damage was not significant….and some end up with severe needs, even with a working shunt, because the brain was damaged so much by the fluid pressure, it cannot recover fully.  We have no idea where on this spectrum Meagan will end up, as she is only 4 months old.  She eats, sleeps and smiles….but she also has seizures, and a brain bleed, and a cyst.   So let’s assume for a moment that Meagan does end up with mental delays and severe developmental delays.  Although she is mentally not equal to her peers,  let’s assume she does well for herself.  She is happy.  She smiles, laughs, and communicates.  She is living a full life.  Let’s pretend at age 12 her shunt malfunctions and she needs emergency brain surgery to put in a new shunt – will the doctors deny her a new shunt because on paper she is mentally delayed?  Will they decide to “ethically” let the fluid build back up in her brain, causing enormous pressure and unbearable pain, and eventually let it kill her because she is mentally behind, and doesn’t deserve a new shunt?  What if Meagan turns out completely mentally ok, but her shunt breaks at age 12.  Will doctors deny her a new shunt because they think a life dependent on a device isn’t worth it? Because it could break several more times and put her through countless brain surgeries. …which is an awful existence…so would they choose to ethically let her die? The logical extension of their medical choices could very well mean one of the above outcomes for Meagan if her shunt were to fail.  Even if she were to end up a fairly normal child – if we have denied medical treatment to other children based on mental disabilities, why not keep extending the logic and deny medical treatment to kids dependent on devices? Kids who have to be on medicines their entire lives? Kids who live with pain everyday?  And why stop here?  Let’s start to evaluate ALL children’s lives.  The ones with mental and physical disabilities are already goners…so let’s not move on to children in abusive situations.  Kids who struggle in school.  Kids who are bullied.  Kids who don’t have a good family life.   Isn’t taking a child out of a less than desirable situation by ethically killing them just as honorable as letting a mentally disabled child die who also has a “low quality” of life? Should we start asking children about their home life, how they feel about school and what potential they have in life as qualifying questions on medical questionaires that will (or will not) grant medical care they need? These last examples sound SILLY! This would be murder outright… or would it be?  This is exactly where we are heading if we don’t get our heads out of the sand and start to vehemently fight back against this nonchalant attitude about life. Isn’t it more ethical to start denying these groups of children care as well, and let them die?  Of course it isn’t…..but this is the path we are headed for if we let doctors get away with basing treatments on their personal views of a child’s life quality.

Mothers, like myself, who denied ‘termination for medical reasons’ … Be on guard.  We may have denied the evil of abortion and helped our children escape the grips of death…but it could come at a later time. We may need a treatment for our child that is lifesaving…but be denied because our child is not “perfect” or is mentally delayed.  We may be told to our faces, as the mother in the article was, by a person who spent 3, 7, or 10 years in a medical school that they hold the authority to judge our child’s quality of life as a basis for treating that child. On what authority, exactly, do they have that right?

I am so tired of hearing stories like this mother’s struggle to get her daughter a kidney transplant.  I am so tired of listening to the whining of the medical community about what is or isn’t ethical for OUR children.  I am so tired of being part of a world that focuses so much on dying.  Have we forgotten the core of our being here on Earth? We aren’t here waiting to die… we are here waiting to LIVE.  God did not give us His only Son to die on the cross so we could live in this gloom.  God gave us His Son so we could LIVE.  When is our society and our medical field going to start LIVING instead of helping us die?  When are they going to see the VALUE in every life from conception to natural death, instead of persuading us that we need to find “ethical” ways to “let” unworthy people die?  My friends, this is a dangerous slope we are on.  But we shouldn’t be surprised.  With abortion rampant, and without true protection and value of life from conception, we have opened the doors for doctors to do what they are doing to the mother of this little girl …. We have opened the doors for doctors to ASSIGN value to life at any given point they see fit.  And with this new ‘privilege’ bestowed upon them, none of us are safe.

**You can read another entry by Molly about her daughter Meagan from Catholic Sistas and follow her online journey of Meagan’s story at Priceless Little Pearl. You can also read more about Amelia’s story from fellow contributor Stacy Trasancos’ blog entry at Accepting Abundance: When Life is Alienable**