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President Trump praises MLK’s pro-life champion niece: a ‘tremendous fighter for justice’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump praised Dr. Alveda King, the pro-life activist and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., today at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

King is the Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life. Trump invited her to a tour of the museum along with Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC. 

As she stood beside him while he addressed the media, Trump said, "I also want to profoundly thank Alveda King for being here. ... I can tell you this personally, 'cause I watch her all the time: She is a tremendous fighter for justice. ... You are so incredible. And I want to thank you for all the nice things you say about me."

King said she was "honored and humbled" to be singled out for praise by the president.

"Under President Trump, our nation is going to make great strides toward protecting the unborn. Priests for Life is in the vanguard of the fight for life and having the president with us, rather than against us, will make all the difference," she said. 

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, invited King to be part of the Priests for Life team 14 years ago when they found themselves together at the March for Life in D.C.

"We both agreed that the fight to abolish abortion is the civil rights movement of the 21st century," said Pavone.

Trump praised the contributions African-Americans have made to "faith, culture, and the unbreakable American spirit."

King says that protecting the rights of pre-born children is a civil rights issue.

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