Alveda King on SCOTUS decision: 'today is definitely a very blessed day'
"There's still love and hope in America. And so let's just serve each other, and live," she said
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Evangelist and Former Georgia state Rep. Alveda King on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's overturn of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion precedent which guaranteed a constitutional right to the procedure.
"[T]oday is definitely a very blessed day," King told the John Solomon Reports podcast on Friday just after the court released its opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, in which it returned the power to regulate abortion to the states.
In a 6-3 decision, Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Neil Gorsuch ruled that Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 decision upholding the initial precedent, should be overturned. Justice Alito wrote the majority, saying in the leaked initial draft that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start" and that "It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives." Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a concurring opinion agreeing with the majority's line of reasoning, but advocate for a more reserved ruling.
King, the niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke about the role faith played in preventing her from being aborted and ultimately how it helped move her into the pro-life camp herself.
"When my grandfather asked my mother not to abort me, he told me he had seen me in a dream three years prior, and that I had bright skin and bright red hair. And I was gonna bless many people, I call that my prophetic ultrasound," she said, before discussing her own experience with the procedure and eventual change of heart.
"And then many years later, I did what I call drinking the Kool Aid, and I bought into the lie that a woman should be able to abort her children. And, of course, I was told that my babies were blobs of tissue and they didn't feel anything. And of course, all of these kinds of things are what we have heard since abortion became legal in America," she continued. "And the dogs case, of course, reversing and going back to the States. We'll let the we the people weigh in and know the truth. I had a spiritual experience with the Lord Jesus Christ, and it consists all of my sins, and was able, therefore, to birth six living children, even though I did have abortion."
King went on to assign a large amount of credit for the court's decision to former President Donald Trump, under whom Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett were appointed to the bench. All three Trump appointees voted with the majority in Friday's ruling.
"I've known President Trump to be a very fair minded person with a great admiration of the work of my uncle, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And because of that," she said, the nation got the "Supreme Court justices that helped to make this to happen."
"So we've been very blessed," King went on.
She further expressed hope that women would seek alternatives to abortion and that women worried about the ruling would receive assurances of support from their communities.
"I have no worries, but pray for the pregnancy care centers," she said. "Everybody, keep your eyes open and assure those who feel as though they're adversely impacted by this decision. There's still love and hope in America. And so let's just serve each other, and live."