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Alveda King challenges Planned Parenthood president to abortion dialogue

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“Name a time and place,” said Dr. Alveda King, pro-life activist and niece of civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. King’s challenge to Richards came after Richards penned an article, urging for a public dialogue about abortion:

“Recently, in a Time article, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that America needs to talk – really talk – about abortion.

“Yes, it’s a conversation that’s long overdue; over 56.9 million dead babies overdue, a third of them being Black…. Let’s be clear from the onset – we’re talking about ABORTION. Not reproductive rights. Not healthcare or access to healthcare. Not a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body because the baby is not her body.

“Many pro-life leaders have challenged Cecile Richards to have this conversation several years ago but we’ve never received a response.”

King continues her challenge to Richards, saying she hopes the outspoken Planned Parenthood leader won’t shy away from actually talking about abortion.

Citing the hundreds of women who have died from “safe and legal” abortion, King agrees that it is time to talk—but she encourages dialogue on both sides:

“In the past, any discussion over abortion has been heavily slanted in favor of the pro-abortion lobby…. Like so many other propagandists Ms. Richards says, “Let’s talk about abortion,” but then is nowhere to be found when we say, “Okay, let’s talk.”

“Let’s talk about what an abortion procedure is. Let’s talk about why you don’t want parents notified when children want to have an abortion. Let’s talk about the annual over half a billion dollars you receive in tax-payer money from our government. Let’s talk about who you target for abortion. Let’s talk about the many Kermit Gosnell abortionists that are performing abortions in cities all across America.”

Let’s REALLY talk about abortion. When and where would you like to meet?”

Indeed, Richards did call for dialogue about abortion when she wrote in TIME, “America has an urgent need for authentic public dialogue about abortion.” However, her piece then goes on to praise “compassionate doctors” who help women kill their babies in the name of a “woman’s choice.” She claims to want to share stories with women at the center, but Richards only allows for one type of woman to share: the one who agrees with killing preborn babies.

King’s challenge to Richards deserves a response, since the initiation came from the Planned Parenthood CEO. Now, King says it’s time to talk. The question is whether the Planned Parenthood leader has the guts to meet and have a dialogue with pro-lifers.

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