Victories Marches with Alveda King
Under beautiful, crisp autumn skies we gathered at the
steps of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Springfield, Illinois
along with Bishop Paprocki and Alveda King, niece of slain civil
rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., to stand against evil and
march for life. We held onto our sign: "Babies are a
blessing" and pushed our stroller for LIFE.
Abortion Protesters March to
by Molly Beck
The State Journal-Register
Singing “We Shall Overcome,” hundreds of people marched
through the streets of downtown
Friday afternoon led by an heir to the legacy of Martin Luther
King Jr.- not for race relations, but to protest what the walkers
said they see as the
’s foremost civil rights infringement: abortion.
Alveda King, a niece of the slain civil rights leader and an
anti-abortion activist, spent her second day in
with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki at the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception. They asked about 400 people in attendance
to help efforts to curtail abortions in the
“Will you be able to say that you defended life?” King asked
during a prayer service Paprocki held at the cathedral. “Let our
dream that every man, every woman, every girl…that we do all we
Paprocki’s ecumenical service promoted a peaceful march to
Planned Parenthood’s health clinic at
1000 E. Washington St.
Marchers included groups from area parochial schools.
Charlie Brown, 17, one of four Sacred Heart-Griffin students asked
to participate in the service, read a quote from Martin Luther
King asking for those in attendance to be concerned with “the
nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life.”
Brown, who is black, said the significance of the day’s event
for him was the promotion of anti-abortion efforts, not Alveda
King, who lives in Atlanta, GA, spoke about her uncle’s,
father’s, and grandfather’s work as pastors and said she knew
they would support her years of work to end abortion.
On Thursday, Planned Parenthood released a statement saying King
is using her uncle’s name to “further her position in the
anti-abortion movement to the detriment of the health and
well-being of women.”
The walkers headed out on foot about 2 p.m., going east on
Cook Street, north
, and then west on
. The group, some holding signs, settled in front of the clinic
with a black pickup truck as home base.
Paprocki and King addressed the crowd again, asking Planned
Parenthood to “bear witness to the truth” and offer women who
seek their services the option of seeing an ultrasound.
“You say you want to give (patients) a clear choice- let them
see their babies,” Paprocki said.
Pam Sutherland, vice president for public policy for Planned
Parenthood of Illinois, responded that the organization does just
just shows how clueless the bishop is and Alveda King is about
medical services that we provide,” she said. “Any patient who
is considering abortion gets an ultrasound, and we ask if they
would like to see it.
“I ask (Paprocki) to work with us to help reduce the need for
abortion by making sure women have access to comprehensive birth
control,” she said.
Sutherland said she also was concerned that
police hadn’t notified clinic officials in advance of the rally,
which blocked traffic to the Planned Parenthood building.
“Ninety percent of our services are general health-care
services, so I find it interesting that (protesters) would want to
block access to our patients,” Sutherland said. “They blocked
women from getting good health care services today.”
Police deputy chief of criminal investigations Cliff Buscher said
police are not obligated to notify businesses of protest marches,
but to provide traffic control.
If Ms. Sutherland's ultrasound practices are anything
comparable to Hope abortion mill in
, they ONLY show the mother the crown of the unborn baby's head in
order to calculate how much to charge for the abortion and how
many days it will take to kill the baby. They don't show little
fingers, toes, or a profile so the abortion-bound mother doesn't
fall in love with her unborn baby and walk out. Also, abortion is
not "health care;" it's the deliberate, violent
destruction of a human being. It's the most unnatural act of a
woman's reproductive and mental health. Go to your local
courthouses where abortion mills exist and look up all the
lawsuits filed against the facility or the abortionist. Safe &