Today marks the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan (6 Feb 1911 – 5 Jun 2004), sometime President of the United States of America. His commitment to the sanctity of all human life is truly inspiring. See also my Pro-Life page.
I KNOW what I am about to say now is controversial, but I have to say it.
This Nation cannot continue turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the taking of some 4000 unborn children’s lives every day. One every 21 seconds. We cannot pretend that America is preserving her first and highest ideal – the belief that each life is sacred, when we permitted the deaths of 15 million helpless innocents since the Roe vs Wade decision. [Now over 46 million]
Fifteen million children who will never laugh, never sing, never know the joy of human life, will never strive to heal the sick, feed the poor, or make peace among nations. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights. We are all infinitely poorer for their loss.
This nation fought a terrible war so that black Americans would be guaranteed their God given rights. Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some could decide whether others should be free or slaves.
Well today another question begs to be asked. How could we survive as a free nation when some decide that others are not fit to live and should be done away with?
I believe no challenge is more important to the character of America then restoring the right to life to all human beings. Without that right, no other rights have meaning. “Suffer the little children to come on to me and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of God.”
I think we are making progress in upholding the sanctity of life of infants. I’ve asked for your all out commitment for the mighty power of your prayers so that together, we can convince our fellow countrymen that America should, can, and will preserve God’s greatest gift.
We are a government of, by, and for the people and people want a Constitutional Amendment to restore the rights that were taken from us. Let us encourage those among us who are trying to provide positive alternatives to abortion and with your help, we can win. And that will be a great victory for our country.
Address to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, delivered 30 January 1984, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C. Full text and audio recording here.
See also Sarah Palin’s excellent campaign speech (YouTube) in 2008. British Pro-life campaigner, and Director of SPUC, John Smeaton called it “one of the most important political speeches of the 21st century so far”.
Reagan to the National Religious Broadcasters:
HOPE is being reborn across this land by a mighty spiritual revival that’s made you the miracle of the entire broadcasting industry. I might say your success and my celebrating another birthday about this time of year are both a source of annoyance to a number of people…
More uplifting Reagan moments at C4P.