Dr. Martin Luther King’s Niece Joins Abortion Protestors

Silent protestors hovered outside Bloomington’s Planned Parenthood office Wednesday joined by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece.

Silent protestors hovered outside Bloomington’s Planned Parenthood office Wednesday, joined by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece.

The late civil rights leader’s niece, Alveda King, told protestors the leading cause of death among African-Americans is abortion. Numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show 448,000 African-American fetuses were aborted in 2007, while the total number of African-American deaths by other causes was just less than 290,000.

Though King had two abortions herself in the 1980s, she now has six children and opposes the practice.

“A woman has the right to choose what she does with her body,” King says. “The baby in the womb of a mother is not the mother’s body. That’s a distinct individual with the chromosomes that make him or her unique.”

Indiana University senior Chuck Deuschle attended the protest as part of a pro-choice group defending Planned Parenthood. He says a woman should be able to choose what she wants with her body, especially if she can’t take care of the child.

“I feel like taking away that choice of abortion for a woman means that we’re kind of burdening the state with these children that perhaps won’t be taken care of,” he says.

Census statistics show many more white women than black women have abortions each year, but the rate at which African-Americans voluntarily end pregnancies is almost four times greater.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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  • Marian Leahy

    Ironically, the protestors in front of the Bloomington Planned Parenthood on Wednesday were not silent protestors, but were members of the group of post-abortive women and men known as Silent No More.  I am a member, and I survived a series of forced abortions as a young teenager.  I also do pro-life outreach to women in front of abortion clinics. 

    Choice is a lie. 
    Alice Paul, the author of the Equal Rights Amendment, stated clearly, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

    No pro-choice women rescued me from my abusers. 
    Pro-Lifers did, and all through the power of God my loving Father.  
    Women are not empowered by Planned Parenthood. 
    Women are empowered by Pro-Life!!! 

  • Marian Leahy

    Ironically, the protestors in front of the Bloomington Planned Parenthood on Wednesday were not silent protestors, but were members of the group of post-abortive women and men known as Silent No More.  I am a member, and I survived a series of forced abortions as a young teenager.  I also do pro-life outreach to women in front of abortion clinics. 

    Choice is a lie. 
    Alice Paul, the author of the Equal Rights Amendment, stated clearly, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

    No pro-choice women rescued me from my abusers. 
    Pro-Lifers did, and all through the power of God my loving Father.  
    Women are not empowered by Planned Parenthood. 
    Women are empowered by Pro-Life!!! 

  • XYZ

    Hey racist, it gets rid of all the lower classes. I would like to get rid of you – where do I sign?

  • XYZ

    Hey racist, it gets rid of all the lower classes. I would like to get rid of you – where do I sign?

  • XYZ

    Racist Pig! People are for abortion cause it gets rid of their 16 year old daughter’s mistake, because it is a minority, or because they have a late in life down’s. You sound like a blue collar idiot or a preppie idiot. Maybe we should abort you turkeys who are only out for your stupid selves – BTW I had an egg McMuffin this morning and my house is messy dumbell. I also have my own business, and have seven Yalies in my family – something an idiot like you I am certain does not have. You are what is wrong with America buddy. And my house will stay lived in loser, because that is my first ammendment freedom.

  • XYZ

    Racist Pig! People are for abortion cause it gets rid of their 16 year old daughter’s mistake, because it is a minority, or because they have a late in life down’s. You sound like a blue collar idiot or a preppie idiot. Maybe we should abort you turkeys who are only out for your stupid selves – BTW I had an egg McMuffin this morning and my house is messy dumbell. I also have my own business, and have seven Yalies in my family – something an idiot like you I am certain does not have. You are what is wrong with America buddy. And my house will stay lived in loser, because that is my first ammendment freedom.

  • Alvedaking

    Thanks for your story. Actually, my abortions occurred in the 1970s. My testimony can be googled at Alveda King – How Can The Dream Survive if We Murder the Children. Alveda King

  • Alvedaking

    Thanks for your story. Actually, my abortions occurred in the 1970s. My testimony can be googled at Alveda King – How Can The Dream Survive if We Murder the Children. Alveda King

  • Alvedaking

    Thanks for your story. Actually, my abortions occurred in the 1970s. My testimony can be googled at Alveda King – How Can The Dream Survive if We Murder the Children. Alveda King

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