MLK niece: Justices should let states decide abortion, just like they did her uncle's holiday

Alveda King also blasts BLM as a "Marxist group" seeking to "destroy our democracy here in America."

Updated: December 1, 2021 - 11:04pm

Alveda King, an abortion opponent and niece of the late Martin Luther King Jr., says she hopes the U.S. Supreme Court revises Roe v. Wade and lets states decide the legality of abortion, much like they individually ratified the holiday honoring her late uncle.

During an interview with Just the News after the nine justices heard arguments in a historic case centered on Mississippi's restrictive abortion law, King said she believed the high court was poised to reevaluate the rationale for the famous Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide a half century ago.

"Well, you know, Roe v. Wade is really bad law," King told the John Solomon Reports podcast. "There's so many holes in what was decided in 1973 that can easily be refuted today. They didn't know if [a fetus] was really life, they didn't know if it was a blob of tissue, a lump of flesh. Now we know through 3  and 4D ultrasounds very early that that is a human being. There are so many things that had not been considered. They didn't know how damaging abortion is to a woman's body and her health."

King, an evangelist and former Democratic state lawmaker from Georgia, helps run an organization called Civil Rights for the Unborn and is an unabashed opponent of abortion. She came to Washington on Wednesday to listen to the oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization a case centered on a Mississippi law that outlaws most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, allowing the procedure only in medical emergencies or cases of severe fetal abnormality.

She said she walked away from the 90 minutes of arguments sensing that "there was a lot of support" among the six conservative justices for upholding the Mississippi law and that "anybody who is a rational thinker, or a sincere heart, who cares about human dignity — you could come from either perspective — knows that it's time to overhaul that thing."

King said she hoped the justices would come to a state rights solution, empowering each state to decide when and how abortions occur. She compared it to the effort in Congress that in 1983 created a federal MLK holiday but let states decide whether to recognize it at the state government level.

"Let's give it back to the people and let the people really consider the issue and make those decisions state by state," she said. "That's what happened with the Martin Luther King holiday. I had been elected to the Georgia Legislature. I was a Democrat at the time, actually. But the holiday had to be ratified state by state ... so letting the people decide state by state, that's a very important move."

King also reacted to reports in Just the News that the group Black Lives Matter has launched a "black Xmas" campaign to portray Christmas as a tool of "white-supremacist capitalism."

"Black Lives Matter, the movement is different from the organization or the group, which is a Marxist group funded by very rich Marxist people who want to destroy our democracy here in America," she said. "And if we don't know that we need to really look at it."

As for the movement calling for regard for black lives, she added: "Well, of course, black lives matter because human life matters, right? It's just that simple. But you're not going to just take one group and then just tell the other people you are evil and hateful, and God hates, you know, God hates any of us. We are human beings with different ethnicity. And we must come together."

Likewise, she also derided the infusion of Critical Race Theory in schools and companies, saying it is wrong to teach that one's skin color predetermines one to be either an oppressor or the oppressed. "It's Marxist," she said. "It's socialist. It is created by people who want to foster hate and division."

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