NEW YORK (AP) — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the civil rights celebrated on the Martin Luther King holiday should include the right to life.

Dolan told reporters outside St. Patrick's Cathedral that King was "a great American prophet" who eloquently proclaimed "the dignity of the human person."

The archbishop of New York said understanding civil rights in the broadest terms means: "Wherever the sacredness of the human person is threatened — war, violence, drugs, hunger, poverty, the life of the innocent baby in the womb — that's when people of faith speak up and say 'No, we've got to come to their assistance.'"

This Wednesday the annual March for Life will be held in Washington on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

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