Perkins: Legalized Abortion Is Unjust, ‘No Question’

By Matt Cover | January 25, 2011 | 4:01 AM EST

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. (AP photo)

( – Conservative leader Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said that there was “no question” that legalized abortion was unjust and that pro-life Americans should work within the legislative process to limit the practice.

“There’s no question that it is an unjust law,” Perkins said Monday via an internet screen connection at FRC’s annual Pro Life Con event. had asked Perkins whether legalized abortion was an unjust law and whether, as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. argued in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, they also had a moral obligation to oppose unjust laws.

Perkins agreed that it was unjust, but said that there were still legislative remedies available – stopping short of endorsing the open civil disobedience that King concluded was necessary in the case of racial discrimination.

“The question – I’m not sure if this is where you were going, but he [King] was going to the point of are we at a point of civil disobedience, to where we refuse to abide by these unjust, immoral laws,” Perkins said. “Well in our society, as Martin Luther King was able to demonstrate, we have a means of changing our system of government.

“Obviously there are many who have been involved, and I want to commend my brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church who were out in front of this long before Protestants came along, but we’re seeing a growing groundswell of [people] taking stands for life: voting based on life positions, working to change policy, working at care pregnancy centers,” he added.

“So my answer to that is, yes it is an unjust law. It’s immoral. It’s counter to the law of God, but we have a means by which we can change that, and I don’t think we have done everything possible yet to change these laws.”

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said that immoral laws could be changed, arguing that there were various remedies available to pro-life Americans including changing legislation and taking the issue to court.

“In the United States we are a nation of laws, but we also have the ability that was given to us by our founding fathers to change those laws,” he said. “And we have, I think, as flawed as our system is I think it’s still the best system in the world in terms of a democratic system where people can get involved in that process.

“And we know there are a few different fronts that we’re fighting this battle [on]. Legislatively, we’ve got to continue fighting not only at the federal level but in the states.”

Scalise said that ultimately, the federal courts would decide the fate of legalized abortion, giving pro-life Americans an opportunity to overturn laws that they felt were unjust.

“Ultimately, this is an issue that the courts will decide, and we need to continue to push and as long as laws continue to get passed that will allow the courts to reevaluate Roe v Wade that’s something we’ve got to be promoting as well,” he said.

“It’s taken too long but we need to continue pushing the envelope, and I think we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Scalise added.