‘How can the dream survive?’ Alveda King asks at pro-life gathering at SLU

Students for Life at St. Louis University hosted Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak on “How can the Dream Survive?” King’s talk compared her uncle’s profound influence on the civil rights movement in the 1960s with the current pro-life movement.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963:

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"

More than 50 years later, his niece Alveda King, a pro-life activist, asks this follow-up question:

"How can the dream survive if we murder our children?"

DEFENDING LIFE: Pro-life organizations in St. Louis

Archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate: Offers programs based on the four pillars of spiritual support, pastoral care, education and public policy; specific programs include the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Fund to help families in need, Project Rachel and Project Joseph post-abortion healing ministry, annual convention and speakers’ bureau and spiritual adoption. Call (314) 792-7555 or visit www.stlrespectlife.org.

DEFENDING LIFE: How to get involved and talk about abortion

Kyla spoke at a rally outside of Planned Parenthood on July 28. Reagan Nielson, Midwest regional coordinator for Students for Life of America, held Kyla’s 2-year-old daughter.


KyLee loves hearing her Momma read the same book over and over. The 2-year-old also likes snuggling with her special Winnie the Pooh blanket -- and Mom -- at bedtime.

The routine plays every night, but mom Kyla doesn't mind.

"She's a little mini-me," Kyla said, grinning.

Letter to the editor

The operations director for Pathology Services Inc. indicated that "she believes the lab receives all of the tissue -- not just a sample" which would make what they receive the complete bodily remains of human beings not "tissue." That would include the heart, lungs, liver, brains and other organs as well as the arms, legs, torso and head of the abortionists' victims. Human beings who were mercilessly and ruthlessly killed.

EDITORIAL | Dignity for the unborn

State lawmakers' investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices in Missouri has revealed that Pathology Services Inc. is the third-party provider of pathology services for abortions performed at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

Abortion healing requires God's grace, mercy

Pope Francis, seen praying during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26, has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy.

When Linda Raymond heard the news that Pope Francis expanded on priests' authority to absolve penitents from the sin of abortion, she was a little confused.

As teenagers, Linda and her now husband, Chuck, had an abortion. About a decade ago, they sought forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation at a Rachel's Vineyard retreat.

So what did the pope's announcement mean, exactly? Were their confessions valid?

"That was my first thought," Linda Raymond said. "For a long time, I thought I would never be able to be forgiven for what happened."

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