“I have a dream…” is possible only when you are allowed to be BORN

I saw this on CNS (video link HERE):

Martin Luther King’s Daughter: ‘Life Begins In a Woman’s Womb’
August 26, 2013
By Penny Starr

(CNSNews.com) – Bernice King, the daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said on Thursday that “life begins in a woman’s womb.”

Women played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement, King said, “and so it all begins – as does life – begins in a woman’s womb.”

Speaking at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Women’s Roundtable event in Washington, D.C., to mark the 50th anniversary of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, King described women’s impact on the movement.


Sponsors of the event included Planned Parenthood and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Does anyone else see the twisted irony in Planned Parenthood sponsoring anything that has to do with minorities?

And the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is radically pro-abortion.

Alveda King, MLK’s niece, said she would not vote for now-Pres. Obama solely because he is pro-abortion.

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  1. wolfeken says:

    At the same time let’s not kid ourselves (or make up stuff) about Martin Luther King. Jr. , who was given — and accepted — the Margaret Sanger award from Planned Parenthood in 1966.


    There seem to be a lot of well-intentioned people today who have a dream that a vocal advocate of “family planning” was pro-life.

  2. Legisperitus says:

    It was Coretta King who accepted the Planned Parenthood award on his behalf. MLK did not appear, nor did he write the speech she gave. He was pro-life although she was not.

  3. frjim4321 says:

    Hmmm, I wondered if something like this would come up today. Heard a lot of talking heads speculating what Dr. King would do, think or say if he was alive today. The fact of the matter is, we don’t know and we can’t know.

    I’ve heard Alveda imply that Dr. King would be in her camp if he was living today; but that’s not something we can assume.

    Agreeing with wolkeken, “At the same time let’s not kid ourselves (or make up stuff) about Martin Luther King. Jr.”

  4. tcreek says:

    Excerpts of the letter that Rev. King wrote to Planned Parenthood in 1966 at the Award celebration.


    Planned Parenthood is proud to reprint Dr. King’s acceptance speech.

    Family Planning — A Special and Urgent Concern
    by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    … There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and necessary. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess. …

    There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto life. Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous slums. Like we, she was a direct actionist — a nonviolent resister. She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions. Margaret Sanger had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them there would have been no beginning. …

    For the Negro, therefore, intelligent guides of family planning are a profoundly important ingredient in his quest for security and a decent life. There are mountainous obstacles still separating Negroes from a normal existence. Yet one element in stabilizing his life would be an understanding of and easy access to the means to develop a family related in size to his community environment and to the income potential he can command. …

    When Negroes have been able to ascend economically, statistics reveal they plan their families with even greater care than whites. Negroes of higher economic and educational status actually have fewer children than white families in the same circumstances.

  5. maryh says:

    I think you need to be aware of the year.

    Planned Parenthood didn’t perform its first abortion until 1970.

    As of 1964, at least, here is what one of their pamphlets had to say:
    Is it [birth control] an abortion?

    Definitely not. An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it. Birth control merely postpones the meaning of life.

    So birth control isn’t great, but there’s no reason to think MLK was pro-abortion.

  6. wolfeken says:

    Mary H — perhaps. But there is also no reason to think MLK was pro-life.

    Just about every single one of the Planned Parenthood supporters of the 1960s (MLK wrote: “I have always been deeply interested in and sympathetic with the total work of the Planned Parenthood Federation.”) were pro-abortion in the 1970s.


    To that end, we should not make up stuff like Legisperitus has done above. All of the signs and signals were in the completely opposite direction.

  7. bookworm says:

    I think maryh has the right idea. MLK received this recognition in 1966, long before Roe v. Wade, and when Planned Parenthood was still, officially and publicly, promoting only contraception and not abortion. Since MLK was not Catholic, he would never have been taught that contraception was wrong; and as difficult as life was for black people during his formative years (when the South was still rigidly segregated) he probably couldn’t blame them for not wanting to bring “too many” children into that situation. So while he obviously approved of contraception, we cannot say with any certainty what he would have thought of abortion.

  8. Andkaras says:

    The same Margaret Sanger who died on Sep 6-66? (( shiver))

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