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ATLANTA, April 11, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dr. Alveda King and Dr. Day Gardner today lamented that this week's 2014 Civil Rights Summit missed a historic moment to
acknowledge the most important civil rights struggle of our time -- securing the rights of those alive in the womb.
"Seven men, four U.S. presidents, three civil rights icons, offered presentations at the Summit," said King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. "When it was time to discuss civil rights in the 21st Century, however, these men made no mention of the fact that America still discriminates against the unwanted -- and that today the unwanted are the unborn."
Ambassador Andrew Young, Past NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and Congressman John Lewis were part of a Summit panel titled "Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line." King noted, "It would be good to believe that the introduction of the panel by King Center CEO Bernice King was intended to recognize women's participation in the struggle for voting, housing, and other rights: yet where were any women on the panel? Believe me, we did march; some went to jail; some died."
Gardner, Founder of The National Black Pro-Life Union, said of the event, "Someone at the Summit should have acknowledged that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'beloved community' is inclusive, but that American law still segregates -- regarding babies in the womb as separate and unequal."
Gardner added, "While there was lip service to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U. S. Civil Rights Act, four of the holders of America's highest seat of power never spoke of the sanctity of human life in the womb. President Carter did address human trafficking from the perspective of sexual slavery, but what about the children blatantly killed up until the ninth month of pregnancy in America? What about children murdered by abortionists minutes after being born? Their civil rights are bashed as their little bodies are dismembered. No one spoke to the whole truth -- that America can never truly be the leader of the 'free world' until the dignity of every man, woman, and child -- born and unborn -- is protected."
King and Gardner are both members of the Black Prolife Coalition that is working to expose the impact of abortion on the African American community and all of America. They acknowledge some "inroads in race relations," yet lament that many liberals still ignore the rights of 55+ million aborted babies since Roe VS Wade. "Fifty years of Civil Rights struggles, and yet the babies are not free and the wombs of women are still endangered."