MLK’s Niece: Planned Parenthood Lied to Me
September 29, 2008 - 9:51 PMDr. Alveda King, niece of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., says Planned Parenthood gave her "bad advice, bad counsel, and lied" about her abortion.
Now a pro-life activist, King is calling for Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding. She said she believes that “no issue is more important today than protecting the lives of the unborn.”
King told CNSNews.com editor-in-chief Terence Jeffrey recently (see “Online with Terry Jeffrey”) that she had two abortions and a miscarriage in the early1970s--years before she joined the pro-life movement. Saying that she had been “uninformed and misinformed” about abortion, King said the doctor who performed the first procedure sent her to Planned Parenthood for the second. It was there, King said, counselors told her the unborn child was not human: “It’s not a baby, it’s just a blob of tissue.”
King said she believes the damage from the two abortions, along with birth control devices prescribed by Planned Parenthood, contributed to her subsequent miscarriage.
“(B)etween the two abortions and the surgical procedures, the IUD (intra-uterine device), and the birth-control pill, I got pregnant again later and had a miscarriage,” she elaborated in a separate interview with CNSNews.com. “So Planned Parenthood, (which) was supposed to be my health provider, continued to give me bad advice, bad counsel, and lied to me,” she said.
Against the advice “of Planned Parenthood and my doctor,” King said she consulted her grandfather, Martin Luther King, Sr., during a later pregnancy, for advice.
“He told me, ‘No, that’s a baby, not a blob of tissue. They’re lying, that’s a child,’” King said, crediting the elder King with helping to break what she called her family’s “cycle of death.”
King said her grandfather, the late pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, also had counseled her mother not to abort a baby – one who turned out to be the future Dr. Alveda King.
“Congress must defund Planned Parenthood,” King said. “Planned Parenthood is hurting our communities, it’s taking away lives.”
King told CNSNews.com that, as an organization, Planned Parenthood targets African American women for its clinics.
“Planned Parenthood really targets women like me, and when I say that, I mean African American,” she said. “Most of the Planned Parenthood clinics are in African American communities.”
Hearkening back to her late uncle’s words -- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” -- King decried abortion as “a very unjust act.” None of us can win, if we continue to abort our children.”
According to a fact sheet from the Alan Guttmacher Institute (Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States - January 2008), 37 percent of all abortions are performed on black women, a higher rate than for any other group of women. The Guttmacher Institute is a think-tank dedicated to issues relating to “sexual and reproductive health” and was originally a division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
King claims that not only did Planned Parenthood lie to her, it also “lied to my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1966” when the organization gave him its Margaret Sanger Award.
“They said that, as a Negro leader, we want to commend you for caring about the community and of course we want to help you build a stronger community. But they (Planned Parenthood) had every intention, not of building a strong black community, but rather of becoming the largest abortion provider in America, being primarily responsible for the massive amount of black people that have been aborted,” King told CNSNews.com.
Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is regarded in many quarters as a racist who was intent on controlling the black population.
Dr. King, who now heads of her own organization, King for America, said there are many organizations working across the country “in defense of people from womb to tomb, no matter what their physical state happens to be.”
“Everyone is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” King told CNS News.com. “We inform and educate members of Congress about the civil rights of the little babies and all the human beings that should have equal rights to the law.”
But ultimately, King says, “Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded. They’re not bringing life to our community.”
Planned Parenthood’s 2006-2007 annual report shows that the organization received over $300 million in federal grants and contracts last year, accounting for one-third of its total revenue. The report also showed an increase in the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood--289,750 abortions in 2006, up from 264,943 in 2005--making Planned Parenthood the largest abortion provider in the United States.
The national headquarters of Planned Parenthood did not respond to repeated inquiries from CNSNews.com.