Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told The Daily Signal that her uncle would have been “very disturbed” by the recent videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting of fetal body parts.
“My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., often said that the Negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety,” said King, who is a civil rights leader herself. “Therefore we should never vote for a candidate who does not value human life from conception or fertilization until natural death.” She added:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my uncle, my father, his brother, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, my granddaddy, Daddy King, who helped my mother not to abort me, and helped me not to abort one of my babies, they would all be very disturbed and very prayerful about the videos that are out now with officials of Planned Parenthood negotiating and talking about the sale or harvesting of body parts.
For years, King has said that black communities have been “tricked” by Planned Parenthood’s “slick marketing campaign.”
Only now, in wake of two undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, are people paying attention.
“It was said to black women, in order to be a good Negro, you need to control the number of babies that you have,” King said. “That campaign started with Margret Sanger many years ago.”
Sanger started the American Birth Control League in 1921, which eventually became part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.
On its website, Planned Parenthood describes Sanger as one of the pro-choice movement’s “great heroes.”
To others, Sanger is a deeply controversial figure. She’s been documented calling various methods of population control—including abortion—a form of “defending the unborn against their own disabilities,” and she launched a program called the “Negro Project,” specifically targeting the black community.
In a letter addressed to Dr. Clarence Gamble on Dec. 10, 1939, Sanger outlined the goals of the “Negro Project” and noted, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
King told The Daily Signal that Sanger’s campaign “still exists today, but it has changed from sterilization and tublization to actual abortions.”
New York City, King said, is the “most obvious” example of how abortions have become more prevalent among blacks.
According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in 2012, 31,328 fetuses belonging to black women were killed by abortions.
That’s compared to 24,758 babies who were born during that time.
Overall, a black woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It’s called being upside down,” King said.
To address the racial disparities in the country’s abortion rates, King believes that people of all races must get involved.
When we say black lives matter or black women matter, of course we do. All lives matter, human life matters. But if we are not able to identify human beings in the womb, then we can be tricked into thinking that it’s okay to abort our children.