MLK, Jr’s Niece Calls on Gillibrand to Apologize after Comparing Abortion to Racism

Mikaela Mathews | Contributor | Monday, June 17, 2019
MLK, Jr’s Niece Calls on Gillibrand to Apologize after Comparing Abortion to Racism

MLK, Jr’s Niece Calls on Gillibrand to Apologize after Comparing Abortion to Racism

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, has called on Senator and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York to rescind her previous statement comparing racism to abortion.

“I was shocked and saddened at the recent comments of presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., comparing pro-life advocates to racists,” King said in a statement according to Truth PR. “…Little babies in the womb, regardless of race, gender, or physical or mental disability are people. To defend their right to life is not racism—it is true compassion!”

King continued by celebrating Georgia’s most recent and restrictive abortion law, which bans abortions by the time a heartbeat is detected. She supported the bill as part of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, an organization hoping to end abortion.

“According to Gillibrand’s reasoning, me, the black men and women in that and other Black Pro-Life groups are racists. How ridiculous and shameful!” she said. “After surviving 400 years of slavery and racism in America, we deserve more than abortion.”

“Gillibrand should be ashamed of herself for making such insensitive remarks,” King concluded her statement. “She owes an apology to babies, black and all pro-lifers—and to God!”

In an article last week in, Clarence McKee, president of McKee Communications, a political-media relations consulting firm, said that 48 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life. “Gillibrand has insulted nearly half of the country,” he said. 

He continued: “So here we have Gillibrand, a liberal white female, saying that black pro-life advocates, like Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King… and black anti-abortion crusaders such as those highlighted in [Newsmax] are racists!”

Gillibrand struck a nerve last week during an interview with the��Des Moines Register. When asked about her commitment to only nominate judges who consider Roe v. Wade“settled precedent,” she replied, “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-semitic or homophobic. I don’t think those are political issues anymore.”

“There is no moral equivalency when you come to racism,” she continued. “And I do not believe there’s a moral equivalency when it comes to changing laws that deny women reproductive freedom.”

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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine. She blogs at