Last Friday, my story appeared on www.gazette.com about the Catholic anti-abortion rally to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs sponsored the Rocky Mountains March 4 Life, which had a theme of raising awareness about the fact that one-third of abortions in America are by black women. Read my story here.
Paul Harvey, a professor of American history at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was in my story. This week, Harvey published an essay on the co-opting of MLK Day, particularly in Colorado Springs.
Harvey argues that King probably would have been for universal health care, which the Springs diocese fought against last year.
Harvey points out that King questioned some of the bedrock beleifs of American society, “calling unequivocally for a more just distribution of wealth, coming down hard against the war in Vietnam, and consistently invoking a social gospel critique of the workings of power and health.”
“Given the same (Colorado Springs) Catholic diocese’s bitter opposition to last year’s health care reform, it would appear the ‘civil rights of the pre-born’ stop before the child leaves the womb, at which point, as Martin Luther King pointed out, they might, given class or racial barriers from birth, very well be left without a bootstrap to pull themselves up by.”
Read Harvey’s essay here.