By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
As a child, I learned about the incredible leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights pioneer transformed a nation with his non-violent protests and peaceful advocacy. A man of dignity, strength, and courage, Dr. King brought a heroic sense of hope to the dream of an America in which people would overcome strife and live together in harmony.
The gifted orator worked to end the evils of segregation, racism, and prejudice so that equality could be the final word. Decades after his 1968 assassination, his legacy lives on in the hearts of all those who work for justice and peace.
As Dr. King once stated, “With patient and firm determination we will press on until every valley of despair is exalted to new peaks of hope, until every mountain of pride and irrationality is made low by the leveling process of humility and compassion; until the rough places of injustice are transformed into a smooth plane of equality and opportunity; and until the crooked places of prejudice are transformed by the straightening process of bright-eyed wisdom.”
His niece, Dr. Alveda King, has carried on the crusade for justice—most particularly and passionately for African-American children in their mothers’ wombs.
Once, speaking at an event at Liberty University, Alveda shared how her own mother considered aborting her, but was persuaded against it by her grandfather. In this way, Alveda herself was “born into” the pro-life movement.
Sadly, Alveda suffered the tragedy of abortion in her own life. But she ultimately became a strong voice for the sanctity of innocent human life, recognizing the scientific fact that a preborn baby is a separate human being, deserving of compassion and care.
“I had two abortions, a miscarriage, divorce, I was just living in the world. In 1983, God said that He wanted me to give my testimony. So I became a voice for life in 1983 when I was born-again, but I had been rescued in the womb, and I didn’t know it.”
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, may we be reminded of not only the progress that has been made, but the challenges that remain in ensuring that all human beings—born and preborn—are treated with dignity and respect.
And may we, as advocates for life, recommit ourselves to making abortion unthinkable.