Alveda King Brings Anti-Abortion Message to Chicago Church to Commemorate Start of Respect Life Month

Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks Sept. 29 at St. Paul of the Cross to help the parish commemorate Respect Life Month. (Megann Horstead/Pioneer Press)

In the spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his niece, Dr. Alveda King, said she has a dream of her own.

St. Paul of the Cross invited Alveda King to speak at the Park Ridge parish to help kick off its commemoration of Respect Life Month in October. The program was held Sept. 29, featuring a presentation, “Civil Rights for the Unborn.”

“When people hear me say, ‘I have a dream, also,’ I’m saying that because my granddaddy had a dream,” she said.

Alveda King said she is an advocate for the unborn. She’s also a former college professor, best-selling author and a former Georgia statehouse representative. She lives in Atlanta.

In her talk, she drew parallels between the civil rights that her uncle advocated for and her efforts. She said she knows that “Dr. King totally respected the principles of mind-body that he studied.”

She referenced Scripture that addresses common life questions people may have for abortion and said that while God does give people a choice between the life and death of you or your child, it does not say it’s yours to choose.

“You’ll see that life is a civil right,” she said. “Therefore, abortion would have to be a civil wrong.”

She said that her message tends to be received well among those of the Catholic faith, and added that “I’m actually a nondenominational Christian evangelist. We work so well together.”

Lake Zurich resident Pietrina Probst said the presentation was worth sitting in on.

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune; Pioneer Press, Megann Horstead