The group Online for Life released a video which they hope will help wake America up to the evil of abortion. They rely on the “mouths of babes” to deliver the message.
The organization’s Deliver Us From Abortion project notes that, over the past 40 years, 56 million Americans have died due to abortion. That is an average of 1.2 million per year, or one child every 26 seconds.
Americans are closely divided on their views about abortion; however, a Gallup poll published last month found, for the first time in 7 years, more identify as “pro-choice” than “pro-life” (50 to 44 percent).
Despite these disheartening numbers for those who support the sanctity of human life, not all recent news has been bad. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that the abortion rate has declined nationwide. The decrease is seen not only in states that have restricted the practice through legislation requiring waiting periods, informed consent, parental notification, and bans on late-term abortion, but also in those states that have no restrictions. The survey found that abortions have dropped 12 percent since 2010.
Americans United for Life’s president, Charmaine Yoest, believes the drop reflects changing attitudes among pregnant women. “There’s an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture,” she said. “There’s an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born.”
In the Deliver Us From Abortion project’s video, the organization asked some young children (probably between the ages of 5 and 12) what they thought about babies, including those still in the womb.
After some fun introductory banter, the interviewers asked the young boys and girls a series of questions, including, “Would you ever hurt your baby? Why not? What if you were too busy to take care of your baby? Would you ever kill your baby? What if the baby were still in mommy’s tummy, would it be okay then? What if you found out parents were killing their babies? If you knew parents were killing their babies, would you save them if you could?”
Their common sense responses bolstered Jesus’ exhortation to “become like children,” and made his instructions to his disciples to “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” ring true.
President Ronald Reagan recognized that the practice of abortion was not consistent with the nation’s founding beliefs contained in the Declaration of Independence. He issued a proclamation to highlight the problem; in it, he followed the same reasoning President Abraham Lincoln used when he pointed out the Supreme Court’s error of not recognizing the personhood of Americans of African descent in the Dred Scott case.
Reagan stated, “America has given a great gift to the world, a gift that drew upon the accumulated wisdom derived from centuries of experiments in self-government.” “Our gift is twofold,” he continued, “the declaration, as a cardinal principle of all just law, of the God-given, unalienable rights possessed by every human being; and the example of our determination to secure those rights and to defend them against every challenge through the generations.”
He continued, noting that one of those inalienable rights, “as the Declaration of Independence affirms so eloquently, is the right to life.” He highlighted the “tragic and unspeakable results” since the decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973 – the loss of tens of millions of unborn lives. The decision, the president wrote, thus cheapened the nation’s respect for human life.
Based on these observations, the proclamation closed: “I, Ronald Reagan…do hereby proclaim and declare the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.” Then, borrowing directly from the Emancipation Proclamation, he wrote, “‘Upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.’”
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