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Martin Luther King Jr and the Sanctity of Life

Posted Friday, January 14, 2011, at 4:47 PM

As most of us are well aware, Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday is this coming Monday the 17th. The anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision is on Saturday, the 22nd.

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decided that a woman has a constitutional right to end the life of her unborn child. The " Equal Protection Clause" of the Fourteenth Amendment was interpreted to mean a woman has "reproductive rights". Since that infamous decision,more than 50 million unborn babies have been aborted (killed).

On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law making King's birthday a federal holiday. It was first observed in 1986. Regardless of how we may disagree with King's ideology, we honor his dream and non violent promotion of equality of human rights.

While Martin Luther King Jr cannot be considered as pro-life (he supported Planned Parenthood, ironically), his niece, Alveda King is. So, now let's look at the connection between abortion and civli rights.

In our Declaration of Independence, the sanctity of human life is tied to civil rights. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Our Bill of Rights in the Constitution also defends the Right to life. "No person... shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." (5th Amendment). If life begins at conception, and if the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights believed the unborn in the mother's womb was a life, then abortion deprives the unborn baby of the God given Right to Life.

The following websites show that more black unborn babies are aborted than white ones. In fact, the disproportionment is astounding.






Worse yet, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was an avowed racist.



As we recognise the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, let's also recognise the horror of abortion and its impact on America. As former President Ronald Reagan said, "We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide."


There is a prolife organization called Personhood. Here is the website


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-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 3:34 PM

The National Right to Life March on Washington D.C. was yesterday instead of the traditional march on the actual anniversry of Roe v Wade. Here are some highlights:



-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 3:31 PM

You've got to watch this! The keynote speaker at the Arkansas March for Life January 23, 2011! She is a preacher! Priscilla Smith!


-- Posted by swift on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 4:24 PM

A couple more sites:



-- Posted by swift on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 3:20 PM

BarbNTexas, thanks for standing for the unborn. There used to be one in Springfield. We used to picket it. It's closed now, thanks to good soldiers like you!

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 3:17 PM

Swift, we have a Planned Parenthood Clinic here in Abilene and a group of us Christians do a Forty Days For Life on the sidewalk in front of it that faces a very busy street. We rotate out and there is someone there from daylight til dusk...well covering all hours they are open. With over 250 churches in this town you would think we would have hundreds of volunteers covering the entire parking lot, but sadly that is not the case. We do this every year and on several occasions, young women have been counseled and made the decision to either keep the baby or let it be adopted rather than aborting it, so we have had some impact.

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 9:02 PM

Amen, BarbNTexas!

Today is the anniversary of Roe v Wade when the legalization of abortion was made the law of the land. The president of Missouri Right to Life, Pam Fichter had a letter to the editor published in todays St Louis Post Dispatch. It is as follows:

After Roe: Women deserve better

Today marks 38 years since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions were handed down. These concurrent rulings legalized abortion in the United States through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason, including social and economic reasons.

Roe struck down all state laws restricting access to abortion during the first three months of pregnancy and said that the states could impose restrictions during the final six months of pregnancy unless the life or health of the mother was threatened. In Doe, the Court defined "health" to mean "all factors" that affect the woman, including "physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age" -- virtually anything the mother wanted it to be.

While the Supreme Court stated that the law protects only legal "persons," and that "legal personhood does not exist prenatally," science tells us that an unborn child is a living human being, separate from her mother.

Under the banner of "choice," 52 million children have been legally aborted in the last 38 years. The legacy of Roe and Doe affects society in many ways.

While some promote abortion as a "woman's right," organizations like Silent No More testify to the physical and emotional consequences of abortion to women.

Abortion disproportionately impacts the black community. While black women represent only 12 percent of the female population of the United States, they obtain 35 percent of U.S. abortions.

To understand the significance of 52 million abortions, consider that this number represents the cumulative populations of 18 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Abortion relies on a lack of hope for the future. A woman's decision to abort her child can seem plausible only when giving birth seems impossible. Women deserve better.

Abortion will end when women know the truth, when motivated citizens vote to protect human life and when legislators make that protection a legislative priority. Abortion will end when we restore the "inalienable right to life" recognized by our founders. Abortion will end when we remember that each and every unborn child has inherent value and is created in the image and likeness of God.

Pam Fichter * Warson Woods President, Missouri Right to Life

This month also marks the anniversry of the passing away of a dear friend of ours, the late Rev Gerald Beam, founder of SEMO Life Chain. He started the Life Chain in 1993. he passed away Jan.9, 2008. His wife, Carol now is chairperson of SEMO Life Chain.

Since its beginning, churches from the area have lined One Mile Road, north and south of Business 60 and on Business 60, east and west of One Mile Road on the second Sunday of October. This forms a cross. Christians gather to silently show their support for the life of the unborn and to pray for for our leaders, churches, mothers, and victims of abortion.

Today, hundreds of pro-life Christians are gathering at the Missouri Capitol Building to show their support for the Right to Life. I now post several sites for info purposes:










The last site on this list gives details of the gathering in Jefferson City today.

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 10:51 AM

-- Posted by swift on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 10:54 AM

Swift...thank you!! I know I haven't been on here in quite some time, but I do come on and read periodically. I am really glad you are doing a blog.

Like you, I don't necessarily agree with everything King was about, but I do believe his intentions were good and that he hoped to strike a balance between the races and instill in us all a degree of color blindness. Unfortunately, the pendulum is still swinging from one extreme to another, with the advantage going to anyone not white or Christian. This is a work in progress and perhaps one day we will achieve that balance. We just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and do what is right.

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 7:52 PM


This site reports the gruesome murders at an abortion clinic. However, one abortion is homicide. Fifty million is genocide.

-- Posted by swift on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 3:25 PM

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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.