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Martin Luther King's niece decries abortion at rally outside Moorhead Planned Parenthood

MOORHEAD - About 200 people gathered outside the Planned Parenthood office here Wednesday, Oct. 25, to demonstrate against abortion and hear from a number of speakers, including Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Alveda King speaks Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at a pro-life demonstration in front of Essentia Health-Moorhead Clinic.David Samson / The Forum
Dr. Alveda King speaks Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at a pro-life demonstration near the Planned Parenthood Moorhead Clinic. David Samson / The Forum

MOORHEAD – About 200 people gathered outside the Planned Parenthood office here Wednesday, Oct. 25, to demonstrate against abortion and hear from a number of speakers, including Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.
At the age of 67, King said her life has undergone many changes over the years, one of the biggest occurring in 1983, when she said she became born again and began speaking out against abortion.
King said she had two abortions in the 1970s, the first, she added, was essentially done without her consent.
“This doctor did this without me asking,” she said, adding that organizations on the pro-abortion rights side of the picture, including Planned Parenthood, make abortion “sound so glamorous.” She said for her, it was a painful thing that took a great deal of time to heal from physically and emotionally.
“We have to tell the truth, and we have to tell it to young people,” King said.
The rally King spoke at was organized by Concerned Women for America of North Dakota and Minnesota. The event was billed as a way to decry the 100th anniversary of the formation of Planned Parenthood, which was marked in 2016.
The Moorhead Planned Parenthood clinic offers a variety of services from contraception options to checkups for sexual and reproductive problems for men and women.
It does not offer abortion services. Those are available at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.
King said after her talk that her uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., made statements suggesting that he viewed abortion in a negative way and felt it was one way minority communities hurt themselves.
Literature promoting the rally stated that black people make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but receive about 35 percent of all abortions.
Before King spoke, rally organizer Linda Thorson directed the crowd in a chant that focused on the phrase “every life matters.”
Thorson closed the demonstration by telling the crowd: “Everyone here is part of a civil rights movement.”

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