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King delivers pro-life speech

POSTED AT 11:07 PM ON Oct. 25, 2011 


Crowds flocked to the front seats of the Whittenberger Auditorium in the

Indiana Memorial Union; stragglers scattered in the back rows.

Fragments of conversation about differences in religion fluttered

throughout the room until Ania Tondel, IU Students for Life president,

stepped on stage to introduce the speaker.

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., approached the

lectern to tremendous applause to speak about her experiences with and

views on abortion Tuesday.

“I’ll say it before you tonight: A woman has the right to choose what

she does with her body,” she began. “The baby is not her body.”

King, who works with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, then delved

into the topic she claims is the civil rights issue of the 21st century,

describing her mother’s pregnancy situation first.

When King’s mother became pregnant, she contemplated an abortion, King said.

The words of her future father-in-law, however, stopped her from going through with it.

“That’s not a lump of flesh,” King’s grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., said to her mother. “That’s a girl.”

So, Alveda King was born.

Her decisions differed from her mother’s during her first pregnancies.

While her first resulted in a miscarriage, King said she opted for

abortion with the next two.

At this point in her life, she considered herself pro-choice.

After leaving her husband and becoming pregnant again, her point of view

changed. She had a discussion similar to the one between her mother and


“I wouldn’t abort a baby again, but I can’t tell anybody else not to do it,” King said.

She proclaimed a need for abstinence, which was followed by applause.

King then opened the floor for a question-and-answer session, where she responded citing her own experience as proof.

“Numbers don’t lie. Statistics don’t lie. Facts don’t lie,” she said.

“It’s hard for people to accept it. For me, I went through it.”

Jessica Edwards, a freshman majoring in elementary education, said she

attended the speech as a requirement for a public speaking class. She

also said she found the topic fascinating.

“I always like to hear opinions because they bring things forth in a different light,” she said.


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