Monday, February 6, 2017
President Ronald Reagan: “No Cause More Important Than the Right to Life of All Human Beings”
Today would have been the 106th birthday of Pro-life President Ronald Reagan! Each year on the anniversary, for reasons I cannot explain, I always recall where I was the day he was shot. At the time I was working as a volunteer for a state affiliate of National Right to Life and actually heard about the shooting while I was in the car.
I recall the range of emotions I felt as if it had happened yesterday. President Reagan survived and the cause for which we all work so hard benefitted enormously. The following is what I wrote on the occasion of President Reagan’s 100th birthday.
For pro-lifers of a certain age, President Ronald Reagan will always be first in our hearts. It is possible to exaggerate his pro-life accomplishments, although that would be difficult. It is possible to overstate what a boost to our morale his presidency represented, although I greatly doubt it.
However it would impossible to overstate the extent to which our 40th President altered the trajectory of the abortion discussion.
What is often under-appreciated is the late President’s ken peripheral vision. Not content to merely look straight ahead, he clearly saw that if the abortion ethos was not contained, it inextricably would seek out new categories of victims.
To the left, were the very young, born less than perfect. To the right were the medically dependent elderly.
President Reagan took office almost eight years to the day after the Supreme Court unleashed the abortion juggernaut in its grotesque Roe v. Wade decision.
President Reagan’s administration began the journey that you and I are on today–a journey that recalls us from out of the darkness and into the light.
Among pro-lifers, President Reagan may best be remembered for writing a small but pivotal book: “Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation.” In 1983 it was a scandal (in media circles) that a Presidential first–a book penned while in office–would be “wasted” decrying abortion, a practice as ensconced in our national life as pro-abortion bias was in the journalistic establishment.
President Reagan knew otherwise. He understood that intellectually, jurisprudentially, and morally we had dug ourselves into a deep hole.
Getting out of it required posing the right question in a spirit that we are all in this together. As he put it, “Abortion concerns not just the unborn child, it concerns every one of us.”
President Reagan observed very early on in “Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation”
“The real question today is not when human life begins [medical science has already answered that question], but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law–the same right we have.” . . . Read More
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