As Americans pause to remember the Martin Luther King holiday, his niece reminds them to also remember the sanctity of life.
“As we remember the birthday of my uncle, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year, it is important that we remember to honor God, remember the American Dream and value human life from the womb to the tomb,” Dr. Alveda King said. “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream — one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
That dream includes the unborn.
“Here in the 21st century, we the governed need to speak up to the government we entrusted with its power,” she said. “We need to let them know that babies in the womb are among those `men’ who were created equal, and that to kill them in the womb is to deny them their inalienable right to life.”
Obviously, not all men and women were equal in America when Thomas Jefferson penned those words that were adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, King said. Blacks still were being held as slaves, and Jefferson himself owned slaves. Native Americans would spend the next 100 years being dispossessed of their land. Women couldn’t vote and had virtually no rights independent of their fathers and husbands. Even years later, when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, the job was not finished.
“Here in the 21st century, we are still seeking truth,” she said. “There is one critical race; the human race; this includes the babies in the womb. It is wrong to discriminate against the critical human race for any reason, including skin color and gestational age. Further, we are not colorblind.
“As we remember MLK and also March for Life across America during this season, If we truly believe the right to life is unalienable and that the government serves with power we the people have given them, it’s well past time that we right America’s unconscionable wrongs and let freedom ring for everyone, for the babies and for everyone, from the womb to the tomb.”
–Anita Widaman | Metro Voice