I have to be­lieve that Dr. King would have been pro-life

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In Jan­uary, we cel­e­brate the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birth­day. We also rally in Wash­ing­ton for the an­nual March for Life to protest the Supreme Court de­ci­sions that le­gal­ized abor­tions in the United States.

Those de­ci­sions oc­curred al­most five years after Dr. King’s as­sas­si­na­tion in Mem­phis, and some peo­ple might ques­tion where he would have stood on abor­tion.

Dr. King was a pas­tor and his Chris­tian faith was the most im­por­tant thing in his life.

There­fore, he would have known the fol­low­ing scrip­tures about abor­tion. In Gen­e­sis 16:11, the An­gel of the Lord said to Ha­gar “Be­hold, you are with child.” There are at least 16 other places in the Bi­ble where a preg­nant woman is de­fined as “with child.”

In Ex­o­dus 21:22-24, God set the pun­ish­ment of “life for life” (the penalty for mur­der) for killing an un­born baby.

Proverbs 6:16-19 states that one of the things God hates is “hands that shed in­no­cent blood” (an ap­pro­pri­ate def­i­ni­tion of abor­tion).

Dr. King would have known that adop­tion is a much bet­ter choice than abor­tion be­cause In 1 Kings 3:16-27, King Solomon looked fa­vor­ably on the mother. To save her baby’s life, she was will­ing to give her baby to a har­lot who had stolen her baby, lied to her, was fight­ing her for cus­tody, and was will­ing to have the baby killed rather than give the baby to some­one else.

Dr. King would also have op­posed abor­tion be­cause he was a cham­pion of jus­tice and hu­man rights. The un­alien­able right to life in the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence is the most im­por­tant hu­man right, be­cause with­out life, no other right is pos­si­ble. With the Supreme Court de­ci­sions, that right no longer ap­plies to un­born chil­dren.

As a pas­tor, Dr. King would also have cared for peo­ple’s souls and would have known that while hang­ing on the cross, Je­sus said “Fa­ther, for­give them, for they do not know what they do.”

Many peo­ple in the past didn’t un­der­stand, but are now re­al­iz­ing their sins re­gard­ing abor­tion. They should al­ways re­mem­ber that God is mer­ci­ful and for­giv­ing. Even if they knew it was wrong and did it any­way, if they are truly sorry, re­pent and ask Him, God will for­give them.

If he were still alive, Dr. King would prob­a­bly be at the an­nual March for Life in Wash­ing­ton or at one of the as­so­ci­ated events.

And like his niece, Alveda King, he would prob­a­bly be a ma­jor speaker en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be pro-life.

Robert Boudreaux, Glouces­ter, Va.

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