What do Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa have in common? They all opposed abortion. Find out which other world-changers were pro-life…
Susan B. Anthony
The famous suffragette who helped win the right to vote for American women can’t be accused of being “anti-woman.” In fact, Susan B. Anthony believed opposing abortion to be essential to promoting feminism. In her newspaper The Revolution, she called abortion “child-murder” and wrote:
“Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh, thrice guilty is he who… drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”
Revered around the world as a visionary leader, Mahatma Gandhi desired a peaceful culture of life. Abortion is a dreadfully violent act. Gandhi once said, “It seems to me as clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.” (All Men Are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections (New York: Continuum, 1980) 150)
Mother Teresa dedicated her life to caring for the weak and the oppressed. She was a social justice fanatic when it came to ministering to the needy. And she was a strong opponent to abortion. She said, “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”
Another time, she observed: “Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby and it kills the conscience of the mother.”
She wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power, either. When addressing pro-abortion President Clinton at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994, she stunned the audience into silence with her eloquent denunciation of abortion.
Martin Luther King Jr.
You didn’t know he was pro-life? MLK Jr.’s niece, Dr. Alveda King says, “In advising men and women on questions of personal behavior 50 years ago, Uncle Martin sounded no different than a conservative Christian preacher does now. He was pro-life!” She adds, “He was not pro-abortion.”
Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King told the 50th Anniversary March on Washington that “life begins in a woman’s womb,” as she highlighted the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement.
Just as black Americans were not considered equal “persons” under the law in MLK Jr.’s day, preborn Americans are not considered “persons” under the law in our day. In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” he cautioned people not to be like the Romans, who committed infanticide. Planned Parenthood attempted to give Martin Luther King Jr. the Margaret Sanger Award in 1966, but he did not attend the ceremony and he did not write or deliver a speech. As MLK Jr. would say, “How can the dream survive if we are willing to sacrifice the futures of our children?”