BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 pastor wants people to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reflecting on how King's human rights message is in line with the pro-life movement.
Blytheville Ministerial Alliance president and Trinity Baptist Church pastor Mike Welch planned a March for Life rally in downtown Blytheville to observe the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
The march started at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church on W. Walnut and ended at the Mississippi County courthouse.
Welch said he believes Dr. King would take his fight for the rights of all people to the womb. "I really believe that as a Christian minister his voice would've been standing for pro-life. He would've seen the rights of the unborn as being that abortion is infringing upon their rights."
Arkansas State University sophomore psychology major Emily West thinks differently. "Taking away a human's reproductive rights is the same as denying an African American their equal rights as well."
West said abortion shouldn't outweigh responsibility."Abortion should not be used as an excuse to have unprotected sex."
But because of her personal experience with foster care and adoption, she said she knows what unwanted children go through. "I think that it is much better to not have the child rather than have that child grow up in a place where they are unwanted and feel unloved."
The Blytheville Ministerial alliance will hold a "Celebration of Unity" rally at Nehemiah Temple tomorrow at 7 p.m. to conclude the MLK activities.
National observance of the United States Supreme Court's 1973 decision will start next weekend.