MLK memorial unveiling prompts strategy session for anti-abortion rights groups
Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm
This weekend, the nation’s capital will be host to many celebrations of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., who 48 years ago led a policy-changing civil rights march on the National Mall. National anti-abortion rights groups in turn are using King’s legacy — and brand-new memorial — as an opportunity to fundraise and strategize for their anti-abortion rights agenda.
“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century” — billed as “a candid discussion in context of the dream of Dr. King” — is being held at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, the day before the dedication ceremony of King’s memorial. According to the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a D.C.-based black conservative public policy group, the event is being sponsored by national anti-abortion rights groups Priests for Life, Students for Life of America, the Network of Politically Active Christians, Protecting Black Life, National Black Pro-Life Union, King for America and “crisis pregnancy center” (CPC) networks Care Net and Heartbeat International.
Scheduled speakers include Alveda King — King’s niece, who founded King for America — who is a pastoral associate for Priests for Life and has recently been advocating for the “personhood” movement. Other speakers include Bishop Harry Jackson and Derek McCoy, the director of FRC affiliate Maryland Family Alliance and a member of board of directors of the anti-abortion rights media group Life Always, which has was responsible for controversial billboards across the country comparing abortion to black genocide.
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