Each year, around this time, we reflect on the words and deeds of that great dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. We remember the man who, through his eloquence and willingness to stand for his deeply held beliefs against any opposition, changed the world. We remember the man who fought, not to be popular, or to appease the masses, as so many do today, but for justice. We remember the man who championed for the God-given rights of every individual. We remember the man who wasn’t afraid to dream. In the end, we remember a man who was not only willing to live for a cause, but to die for it.
Georgetown Right to Life commenced this past semester with an incredible lecture in which Alveda King, MLK’s niece, spoke about the pro-life legacy of her uncle. She argued that his struggle to prove the value of every human life was best carried on today by the pro-life movement and asked, “how can The Dream survive if we murder our children?” That stirring question echoed across the room, and it captured the nature of her uncle’s deeply held belief in the sacred value within every child.
That abortion disproportionately hurts minority communities, especially the African-American one, is a striking and undeniable truth. In fact, a study by the Guttmacher institute found that black women were five times more likely than white women to have an abortion. Estimates suggest that nearly 16 million abortions have occurred within the African-American community since Roe v. Wade. Without this staggering number of abortions, the African-American community would be perhaps 36% larger in the U.S. than it is today. These disgusting and shocking facts highlight exactly how the abortion industry thrives on the oppression of minority women within the U.S. Abortion providers sustain themselves through poverty and crush whole generations of people in the process.
There is an still an enduring fight for the dignity of all people within this nation. I, myself, have a dream that one day our society will come together to respect the inherent value of every person. In doing so, I imagine a world that does not eliminate its youth and that acknowledges the equal worth of all human beings, no matter their color or age.
Martin Luther King Jr. himself said, many years ago, that “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” It is with these words that we march forward, both literally and figuratively. This pro-life community shall not rest until moral justice has been achieved and until “The Dream”, one which has been passed on throughout history, can truly be realized by all people. I look forward to the day when the generations of tomorrow are able to look back and question the character of the society that denied the rights of the young, just as today we look back at the shameful oppression which has occurred before us in other forms.