Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 19, 2008
Abortion is today’s civil rights movement
Activist Alveda King says unborn child has rights
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
- CCN photo by Deborah Gyapong
Young people dominated the National March for Life in Ottawa.
"You have that baby. I have seen her in my dreams," he told her.
"Daddy King saw this little baby girl in his dreams three years before I was conceived in my mother's womb," King said.
"I have a dream. It's in my genes," she said, a play on the famous I Have a Dream, speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Of the 50 million abortions that have taken place in the United States, 17 million have been black babies, she said.
"I aborted the civil rights of this person with 46 chromosomes," she said. "If it had not been for the redeeming love of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I would not be able to stand here."
"The days of abortion are numbered," said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life in the United States. The lies that abortion does not kill a baby and that it helps women are crumbling. The third lie, that "we can take protection from the unborn and keep it for yourself," is also crumbling, he said, noting protection cannot be taken from one segment of the human family without jeopardizing all of it.
Angelina Steenstra of Silent No More Canada told the crowd she became pregnant at 15 after a date rape. She did not know abortion would not solve the problem of feeling "ashamed, dirty and abandoned."
She was never told the consequences of the procedure. She recalled being awake and feeling herself "revolting inside, but she was afraid to tell the people at the clinic she wanted to change her mind.
She felt the icy cold instruments rip apart the unborn baby in her womb and saw the bloody remains of her baby accumulated in a glass container near her feet.
Steenstra was not prepared for the self-loathing that followed. She knew she had crossed a line and broken a spiritual law "Thou shalt not kill."
Her abortion and complications afterwards prevented her from ever having children.
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