MLK niece Alveda King addressed the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting this weekend at a march against abortion in Selma, Alabama whose message was Black Women Matter.
Black leaders from across the nation attended the March in Selma to expose a possible racial motive for not enforcing abortion laws.
According to organizer, Catherine Davis, over 300 people attended the event on Juneteenth 2015.
Davis is the founding member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition and president of The Restoration Project.
Also in attendance was Charmaine Yoest resident & CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), who posted this statement on Facebook, “What a morning. Marching across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma with my friends Catherine Davis, Alveda King and Star Parker. We went to Selma to say #blackwomenmatter. To call on state officials across the country to enforce the laws against illegal abortion clinics.”
The Black leaders and all those who attended were calling for the laws that regulate abortion and abortion clinics in the state to be enforced.
They claim that the reason enforcement may not be happening is because the women going to certain abortion facilities are Black or Brown minority.
“We’re hoping to call attention to the fact that the states are turning a blind eye to abortionists that are breaking the laws of the state,” Davis said.
Davis pointed to Dr. Samuel Lett of the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic which she says is performing enough abortions to require his clinic to come under state licensure.
She told Life Dynamics that after a pro-life group filed a complaint against the Selma abortion facility, the state refused to to enforce the law.
“Why aren’t they enforcing these laws?” Davis said she asked herself.
“And the only common denominator I could see is that the majority of women going into those abortion clinics are black or brown,” she said.
According to a report in the Selma Times Journal:
Leaders of The Selma Project said they have evidence that the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic, which is operated by Dr. Samuel Lett, performs more than nine abortions each month, which would require it to fall under state regulations as an abortion clinic.
An Alabama Department of Public Health investigation into the clinic failed to find evidence of wrongdoing, but protesters are demanding a more thorough look.
Protesters at the march said that the Alabama Department of Public Health needs to take a deeper look at the possible illegal activities going.
“We don’t believe the Alabama Department of Public Health actually did an investigation,” said Davis.
“In my mind, if they had simply sat in front of his clinic when the complaint was first filed they could’ve seen for their own eyes women going in pregnant and coming out not,” she told the paper.
“They would schedule as many abortions as we made,” Father Terry Gensemer, national director of Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life said. “Their familiarity with just talking about abortion with the way they schedule them … that language is just too familiar.”
Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., attended the march and spoke to the crowd, “If anyone wants to know why we are here today, it’s because black women matter, black lives matter, black babies matter, all lives matter to God,” King said at a short press conference after protesters finished their march.
King spoke about peace to the media from the rally following the horrific shooting of nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina.
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“If we think about what happened in Charleston. If we think about why we are marching today, saying, Black Women Matter. We forgive Dr. Lett of all the harmful practices an abortion clinic for instance, but, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have to stop,” King said.
Alveda King added, “We have lawlessness right now. And I say again for lack of appreciation for life from conception from the instant a person is conceived until natural death. That is my work at Priests for Life. That is my work as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is my work as a human being to first love others and then be loved.”
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