Comparing Abortionist’s Murder to MLK's Assassination ‘Offensive Beyond Belief,’ Dr. King’s Niece Says

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | June 9, 2009 | 3:05 PM EDT

This Jan. 19, 2002 file photo shows Dr. George Tiller, shot to death at his church last Sunday, May 31, 2009, who had been the target of a relentless protest campaign for most of the 36 years that he performed abortions at his Wichita clinic. (AP Photo/Larry Smith, File)

( – The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Tuesday condemned the remarks of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart in comparing the recent murder of abortionist George Tiller to King’s assassination.
"This is the equivalent of Martin Luther King being assassinated," the Washington Times quoted Carhart as saying. "This is the equivalent of Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Lusitania and any other major historic event where we've tolerated the intolerable for too long."
"For LeRoy Carhart to mention the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked through peaceful and non-violent means, in the same breath with that of George Tiller, whose work ended peace and brought violence to babies in the womb, is offensive beyond belief," Dr. Alveda King, pastoral associate of Priests for Life, said in a statement. "The analogy is just wrong."
Carhart said there was “absolutely no difference in putting a cross in front of a person's home because of what race they belong to than there is putting a cross in front of our homes because we do abortions,” the Times quoted him as saying.
He claimed that pro-life activists placed crosses in front of Tiller’s clinic in Wichita, Kan. Carhart worked at the clinic on a rotating three-week schedule to assist with late-term abortions.
Carhart also called on the government to treat all activities by “anti-choice domestic terrorists” as hate crimes.
"Dr. Carhart also speaks of hate crimes," added Dr. King. "I would simply ask him, is it not hateful to regard an entire class of people as non-human because they're unwanted?"
"The message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was that every human being has equal dignity. LeRoy Carhart and every other abortionist violate that message every time they dismember a baby. The comparison is ridiculous," Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said in a statement.