I Have a Dream For the Unborn
Today is Martin Luther King Day in America. The famous civil rights campaigner (1929-1968) was a clergyman and a tireless activist in securing justice for Black Americans. As a Baptist pastor and a Black American, he knew full well that to treat blacks as second class citizens was immoral and unbiblical.
His incessant civil rights activism involving speeches, marches, boycotts and other activities resulted in him being arrested and thrown in jail on various occasions, and his life was finally cut short by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968.
He is perhaps most famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech given on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington before some 200,000 supporters. He dreamed of the day when blacks would be seen as equals with whites, and not as non-persons. Because of his ceaseless activity that dream is very much realised today.
But there is a very similar human rights struggle going on today, and it also involves treating an entire class of people as second-class citizens. The war against the unborn is every bit as ugly and dehumanising as was the war against blacks.
Where are those who will stand up for their civil rights – their very right to life? One person who is passionate about life is his niece, Alveda King. In a recent interview she discusses how her uncle would be involved in the pro-life movement today if he were still alive. It is worth quoting from:
“As the nation today marks the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his niece Alveda King says her uncle would be pro-life and battle against abortion if he were alive today. As the daughter of Rev. A. D. King, a leader in the Civil Right’s movement, King sees the pro-life cause as a continuation of the Civil Rights movement in which her uncle was a prominent leader.
“Alveda King called her uncle ‘a man of great compassion, and a man of non-violence. He once said, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety,’” she added. King said her uncle would understand that to include the destruction of unborn children.
“‘I know in my heart that if Uncle Martin were alive today, he would join with me in the greatest civil rights struggle of this generation – the recognition of the unborn child’s basic right to life,’ she told LifeNews.com previously. ‘My uncle Martin would agree that we cannot end poverty, hunger, or suffering by killing those who might suffer,’ she explained. ‘We cannot claim to guarantee equal rights if we deny the rights of the helpless. And we cannot feign ignorance of the fact that those who are torn apart, crushed, or left to die on an abortionist’s table are just as human as we are.’
“‘My uncle said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ Alveda continued. ‘Abortion is genocide,’ King says. ‘It’s killing populations. It’s killing generations and certainly the population that is most impacted by abortion in America is the black community. So I feel that as a civil rights leader I have responsibility to proclaim that black Americans are being exterminated by the genocidal acts of abortion’.”
Powerful words indeed. And many of the famous quotes of Martin Luther King can certainly be applied to the battle for the unborn. Consider just a few of them:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“A time comes when silence is betrayal.”
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
Every one of these powerful words can be directly applied for the struggle to rescue the unborn from slaughter. The Australian poet Bruce Dawe wrote a moving poem about the unborn entitled “The Wholly Innocent”. It is a fitting piece to end this article:
I never walked abroad in air
I never saw the sky
Nor knew the sovereign touch of care
Nor looked into an eye.
I never chose, nor gave consent
Nor voted on my fate
Unseen, I came, unseen I went
Too early and too late
This was my life-line trust
As absolute as blood
Now down in the bucket thrust
Anonymous as mud
Oh you within whose God-like power
Lies to so decide
Remember me when, some late hour
Talks turn to genocide
For I was part of that doomed race
Whose death-cell was the womb
But who can clear a bloody space
And call it living room
I never had a name or cried
That central cry “I am”
But in a world-wide shambles died
Defenceless as a lamb
Remember me next time you
Rejoice at sun or star
I would have loved to see them too
I never got that far.
16 Replies to “I Have a Dream For the Unborn”
I hate it when people today say ‘It’s the woman’s choice’ or ‘The world is over populated’. We live in a society where it doesn’t seem to matter and I am the one who is in the wrong for believing it is wrong. I even read that ‘abortion is right’ for goodness sakes. I liked it when Michael Savage occasionally gets into the subject. He said to a caller if you remember science classes where you grow plants. Is that not life? Isn’t a small sapling life? He makes an excellent case. This is just one of the main attitude’s in our secular world I wish that could change.
I feel quite confident that Martin Luther King would join us in peacefully praying in front of an abortion clinic. He was not afraid to show his faith in public.
Anna von Marburg
Yes quite right Anna.
Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch
When my mother was pregnant with me a ‘pro-choice’ doctor had a talk with her. There was a choice to be made. But my mother was smarter than the doctor: she knew I couldn’t speak yet, let alone make choices. But given time I would be able to … and I choose life.
I’m sure there are many pro-death advocates out there that are glad to be alive too, glad the grisly abortion tools never touched their own bodies.
I believe when it comes to abortion, we do have a choice. We have a choice of course, because we have a free-will; a mother has a choice to suffocate her newborn baby with a pillow; a neighbour witnessing the deed has the choice to intervene. There are wrong choices and there are right choices. We all make choices, all the time.
Great article Bill. Their can be no peace, no living in peace, while this evil destruction goes on …
John Thomas, UK
Another case in point is the black radical Jesse Jackson. Secular left pro-lifer Nat Hentoff writes that it was largely Jackson that convinced him that the rights to the unborn were akin to civil rights for blacks:
Then Hentoff explains how Jackson became pro-abort—not even bothering to refute his own arguments, but just a matter of expediency to advance in the Democratic Party that had become an abortion-extremism party.
Jonathan Sarfati, US
I’m sure plenty of people read this post. The silence is deafening. Don’t let the devil make you feel guilty for not doing much so far to help protect the unborn. Pray for courage and start doing something now.
Anna von Marburg
Bill, I didn’t mean that last comment for you of course. I meant it for all of us.
Anna von Marburg
Yes thanks Anna. I knew what you meant.
Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch
Yes we can all do something: pray publicly/privately, write letters, drop leaflets on available help, donate, volunteer etc as circumstances permit. All possible effort is needed.
The love of death is an indication that deep down there is a hatred of God (Proverbs 8:36). There will never be an abandonment of Abortion until there is first a turning to the Lord.
Lance A Box
What a moving poem, so stirring and thought provoking.
In the US, I hear more homilies on abortion than I can count. The topic is openly discussed in various forums, articles, media. In Australia, not so. Many priests find the topic to be too sensitive and personal – an offence to discuss the issue for fear of upsetting women in the pews. My humble opinion would be, in charity, far better for her to know why and how she offended God than to continue fighting her own conscience and having Satan aid her justifications …a step to healing would be better than pretending you’re ok. Priests should think more about being a light to hopefully ending the contradictions in her life.
Very well said, Maria.
Lance A Box
Wow! … that poem really reaches to the reality of a person lost before they had a chance! … So very well elucidated!