Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Black Catholics for Life

Deirdre A. McQuade, the director of planning and information for the U. S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, wrote this column recently that appeared in the Colorado Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

In it, she places the debate on abortion squarely within the ongoing struggle to defend the civil rights of all people, a struggle led so admirably in the 1950s and 1960s by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never lived to see the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, but state abortion laws had already started becoming more permissive in his lifetime. His niece, Alveda King, recalls his words: “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.”

Ms. King takes her family’s civil rights work to its logical extension, fighting for the most basic civil right, the right to life. She calls for faithfulness to the principle of nonviolence: “How can the ‘Dream’ survive if we murder the children?...Abortion is at the forefront of our destruction…By taking the lives of our young, and wounding the wombs and lives of their mothers, we are flying in the face of God.”

In her column, McQuade also makes reference to the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life. Go here to check out their Web site.

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