Alveda King on Stalled Human Trafficking Bill: Protect Women and the Unborn

By Penny Starr | April 6, 2015 | 4:46pm EDT

( – While debate over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act swirls around whether abortion should be made available for young women who are sexually assaulted and become pregnant, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and pro-life activist Alveda King says the procedure should not be a part of the law at all.

Alveda King, niece of slain Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., wrote an open letter asking lawmakers to take abortion out of the human trafficking bill Congress is considering to protect women and unborn children. ( Starr)

In an open letter posted online on March 26 and addressed to lawmakers in Washington and advocates fighting human trafficking around the globe, King argues that abortion does not help already traumatized young women and, in fact, is exposing them to further abuse and should not be part of a law designed to help victims.

“We respectfully call on you to be more vocal in explaining to the American people that money for abortion should have no place in this legislation,” King wrote.

“If you are on the side of the women, men, teens, and children who have been made slaves to ruthless individuals, you are actually on the side of the American public, two-thirds of whom tell pollsters that they oppose public funding for abortion,” King wrote. “And you are on the side of the babies who are slaughtered by the greatest civil rights violation of our day, abortion.”

“As the debate on [the Act] resumes in April, we ask you to remember that to direct a young woman from one destroyer of life -- her sexually abusing trafficker -- to another -- an abortionist -- does not set her free,” King wrote. “It does not show her love.”

Police talk to two young women before arresting them for prostitution in Dallas. One of the women was underage at the time of her arrest. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

King also said it is the abortion industry that will benefit from the law at the expense of young women who have already been exploited and harmed.

“By refusing to allow a vote on this measure, even a debate, the U.S. Senate is being held hostage (willing or not), slaves to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and EMILY’s List,” King wrote in her capacity as head of Priests for Life’s African American Outreach program.

“They and other pro-abortion politicians have procured for Planned Parenthood alone $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds over a three-year period, according to a new GAO report,” she said.

“Their masters are now demanding more money and will sacrifice aid to the oppressed to get it,” King said.  “They should all be ashamed.”

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