Every year, the Parliamentary Pro-life Caucus does a press conference in conjunction with the March for Life, which is today. I’d be interested in hearing what this year’s speaker, Alveda King, has to say. She’s the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and brings the uncomfortable message that abortion is a civil rights issue. From the PPLC press release:
Dr. Alveda King, daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is in Ottawa this week to take part in the 2008 March for Life events. She knows only too well the injustice of denying the most basic civil right, the right to life, to any innocent person and sees abortion as the civil rights issue of the 21st Century
Where we deny human rights, where we don’t support them for others, we become less human. Not good times, this message, not good times. Because we look elsewhere, to other tyrannical regimes–Mugabe, or Communist China–for human rights abuses. But then our own hands are not clean. Everyone has their cause–and I don’t aim to be like the boring environmentalist who pops up at conferences on the fiscal imbalance to ask politicians what they are doing about global warming. But human life, human rights–that’s my big issue, so in a way, I guess today is my day, all day, as my old camp director used to tell kids on their birthday.