Alveda King*On Tuesday (04-15-13), the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” his niece, Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said her uncle’s letter applies just as profoundly today to abortion as it did in 1963 to segregation, says

If Uncle M.L. were alive today, he would surely include the 21st-century womb babies and their mothers in his “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” The atrocity of abortion in America has killed millions of human babies who are often considered to be property, chattel and less than human.

In his 1963 letter, he wrote that segregation “ends up relegating persons to the status of things.” Change “segregation” to “abortion” and you have the year 2013.

Jim Crow laws gave us the continuing dehumanization of African-Americans, plus beatings, lynchings and the Ku Klux Klan. Roe v. Wade has given us the dehumanization of the unborn and–now–born babies, skull crushings and spine snippings. Consider Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia; the Planned Parenthood Chicago facility that killed Tonya Reaves; and all of the other hundreds of abortion providers and

Planned Parenthood officials who can’t say whether fully born babies who survive abortions should be helped to live.