Melissa Harris-Perry, the MSNBC hostess most famous for going on the air with dangling tampon earrings tried to outdo herself Sunday, comparing the “Bloody Sunday” marchers of the civil rights movement to abortion rights today.
But to Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece and director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, Harris-Perry has it exactly wrong.
“There is a sense in this crowd that what people are here marching for are issues that are on the table right now,” Harris-Perry said at Sunday’s march marking the anniversary of the day Alabama state troopers attacked civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge at Selma.
“We saw an enormous contingent of Planned Parenthood go past, folks who are clearly out here, marching because they believe that reproductive rights continue to be threatened in this country, and particularly in the South.”
King saw things differently. Voting rights don’t mean much, she said, if the right to life isn’t respected.
“Hundreds of us will march to commemorate the price many paid, some with their lives, for the right for African-Americans to vote,” King said in a news release issued before the event. “I will be marching and praying also for America to wake up to the fact that since 1973 over 55 million babies, about 18 million of them Black, have been legally aborted in America. They died before they were able to grow up and vote.
“There is a connection here.”
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