What Would MLK Do? Abortion Would MLK endorse abortion rights? Perhaps if Barack Obama took the opportunity to hear Alveda King, MLK’s niece, speak on the genocide that abortion has inflicted on the black community, he might have a change of heart; but as it stands now, Obama has embraced the most radical pro-abortion views of any post-Roe presidential candidate. Considering Obama’s claim to share King’s Christian faith, this seems quite extraordinary. As Alveda King passionately explains, the crime of abortion is quite akin to slavery: “How can the ‘Dream’ survive if we murder our children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. In the hands of the mother is the fate of that child — whether that child lives or dies.” Just as the slave was legally considered the property of the slave-owner, who therefore had legal authority over the life or death of the slave, so does the infamous Roe decision grant this right to the owner of the womb, in which an equal-in-all-manner, merely smaller, human being resides. The Latin word, fetus, translates simply to “little person.” And just as African slaves were once considered not “real” people, and therefore unworthy of constitutional protection, so the decision in Roe treats the child in his mother’s womb as less than a “real” person. It was Christian abolitionists who insisted that slaves were indeed human beings, worthy of protection, just as many Christians today insist that human beings at all stages of development deserve constitutional protection. Whether on a plantation or within a womb, human beings are human beings, plain and simple. No genius required to comprehend this fact. For more than a decade, abortion numbers among whites have been falling, but numbers for blacks continue to rise. MLK would certainly take notice of this. As the Guttmacher Institute (statistical arm of Planned Parenthood) confirms, the abortion rate among blacks is three times that of whites and twice that of Hispanics. Abortion has become an incomprehensible, self-inflicted wound for the black community. As Alveda King so passionately reminds us: “Oh God, what would Martin Luther King Jr., who dreamed of having his four children judged by the content of their characters, not just the color of their skins, do if he’d lived to see the contents of thousands [actually, millions] of children’s skulls emptied into the bottomless caverns of the abortionists’ pits?” Barack Obama has brazenly stated publicly that if one of his daughters were to make a “mistake” and become pregnant inconveniently, then he would “not want her punished with a baby” (emphasis mine). In viewing children as a punishment, Barack Obama seems not to have read his Bible: “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord. They are his reward” (Psalm 127:3). Obama has a 100-percent positive voting rating from Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, and the largest beneficiary of tax dollars for female “reproductive health.” Obama even voted against a state version of the Infants Born Alive Protection Act — which would guarantee the right of medical care to babies who have survived attempted abortions. Alveda King asks, “Who among us is so cold-blooded as to vote to deny health care to a baby born alive during a late-term abortion and allow that baby to die?” Apparently, Barack Obama is. This pro-abortion attitude is in direct contradiction to the values of King, who once stated flatly: “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” King, the Leader vs. Barack, the Politician By all measures, Martin Luther King Jr. was a true leader. Barack Obama, on the other hand, is just another politician — one who has demonstrated far more regard for the interests of teacher unions than for the children they are paid to serve, far more regard for the pro-abortion lobby than for the future of the black community, and far less good sense than the average person has when it comes to picking a spiritual mentor. The positions and values of Senator Obama stand mightily against those espoused, and what’s more, practiced, by Martin Luther King Jr. Based on all these considerations, I think it is quite probable that King, were he alive today, would not vote for Barack Obama. Editor's Note: This article has been corrected since its initial posting. — Kyle-Anne Shiver is an independent citizen journalist and a frequent contributor to American Thinker. She welcomes your comments at www.kyleanneshiver.com.