Dr. Alveda King talks about her abortions

Dr. Alveda King, pro-life activist, describes how she was tricked into having an abortion she didn’t want.

“My involuntary abortion was performed just prior to the passage of Roe versus Wade by my private pro-abortion physician without my consent. I had gone to the doctor to ask why my cycle had not resumed after the birth of my son. I did not ask for, nor did I want an abortion.

The doctor said, “You don’t need to be pregnant, let’s see.” Without asking for my permission, he proceeded to perform a painful examination, which resulted in a gush of blood and tissue emanating from my womb. Afterwards, the doctor explained that he performed an abortion that he referred to as a simple procedure, “local D&C.”

She went on to have a legal abortion a number of years later:

“Soon after the Roe V Wade decision, I was again pregnant. There was adverse pressure and beyond this, a threat of violence from the baby’s father. The ease and convenience afforded through Roe versus Wade made it all too easy for me to make the fateful and fatal decision to abort our child. I went to a Planned Parenthood sanctioned doctor and was advised that the procedure would hurt no more than “having a tooth removed.”

The next day, I was admitted to the hospital, and our baby was aborted. My medical insurance paid for the procedure. As soon as I woke up, I knew that something was very wrong. I felt very ill, and very empty. I asked the doctors and nurses about the way I was feeling, but they reassured me, “it will go away in a few days. You will be fine.”

They lied.

Over the next few years, I experienced medical problems. I had trouble bonding with my son and his five siblings who were born after the abortions. I suffered from eating disorders, depression, nightmares, sexual dysfunctions, and a host of other issues related to the abortion that I chose to have.… I experienced uncontrollable waves of guilt over the abortion, I chose to have. The guilt made me very ill…

My children have all suffered from knowing that they have a brother or sister that their mother chose to abort. “You killed our baby.” Often they asked if I had ever thought about aborting them…

This has been and still is very painful for all of us. My mother and grandparents were very sad to learn about the loss of the baby. The aborted child’s father also regrets the abortions. If only I knew…

Had it not been for Roe versus Wade, I would never have had that second abortion.”

“How Can the Dream Survive If We Murder Our Children?” Dr. Alveda King in Doctor Alveda King and Dr.La Verne Tolbert Life at All Costs: an Anthology of Voices from 21st-Century Black Pro-Life Leaders (Xlibris Corporation, 2012) 111, 131-132


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2 Responses to Dr. Alveda King talks about her abortions

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  2. Cay says:

    You didn’t murder anyone. You should work to accept your life and your decisions. You have 6 children. Be happy with that. I hope you were able to do a good job with all of them rather than obsessing about “murdering” someone, or obsessing about hating abortion. You may have wasted an opportunity to raise kids well in your lifetime.

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