For me, no cause more important than the right of every human being to have life. It is a universal human right which is endowed to us by our creator and ensured by our constitution, yet has been taken away in our country by a handful of Supreme Court justices and a successful campaign of rhetoric that parallels the rationalization of eugenics in Nazi Germany and slavery in the early South.
Oh yes, I remember September 11. I see the deranged dictators, sympathetic to terrorists and openly hostile to our country and our way of life. And I am increasingly concerned about the nuclear threat we could face (if we don’t already) should one of these maniacs actually succeed in building up their weapons arsenal and putting one of them into the hands of an eager terrorist. But that does not change the fact that we are still legally murdering over 1 million of our own children in this country every year. Here, I am more concerned about the words of Christ, “Depart from me you accursed [for]…Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me” (Mt. 25:41, 45)
It is important that we stand up to the enemies who threaten our freedom from abroad but we may not be able to succeed unless we also stand up for those whose very lives are threatened right here in our own country. In his article, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, Ronald Reagan said,
“Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide…there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom (America as a free land) than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”
A nation- especially one who boasts of being “One Nation, Under God” – that legally sanctions the murder of the most vulnerable members of its society inevitably grows weaker from within and, I believe, more vulnerable to the threat of outside forces. My insistence on voting for pro-life candidates does not mean that it is the “single” or only issue I look at when determining who I will support, but it is criteria number one and it’s non-negotiable. Abortion is the murder of the most defenseless human beings and any politician who supports it is not fit for office – that means Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani – no matter what their position is on homeland security. Without a right to life, liberty does not mean a whole lot.
If we stand firm in our support of the inviolable right of every innocent being to have life our nation will grow stronger and thus better able to preserve our freedom.