180 Day: What Hasn’t Changed

“Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart.” ~Ronald Reagan, Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation

The election results may have been a shocking blow for religious conservatives, but this is not a time to grow weary or to despair. As Paul Stark wrote on the MCCL blog:

Elections can change the political landscape and impact our laws and public policies, for better or for worse. But the facts of embryology have not changed. The reality of abortion — the killing of unborn children on an industrial scale — has not changed. The urgent need to educate, to persuade, to help pregnant women in need has not changed. The importance of involvement in the political and legislative process — to secure protection for innocent human beings in all stages and conditions — has not changed. Lives are still at stake. The moral imperative is just as clear.

No election outcome can change the fact that many unborn children have been saved by pro-life efforts (including political and legislative efforts) in the past. No politician can deter our commitment to saving more lives in the future.

And so the mission continues. As it must.

What I’d like to know is, why does anything that is immoral and wrong take so long to be abolished? Slavery in the United States existed as a legal institution for over 200 years. The first American call to abolish slavery came in April 1688 when Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania wrote a two-page condemnation of the practice. The first American abolition society was formed on April 14, 1775, in Philadelphia. The 13th amendment abolishing slavery was finally ratified ninety years later on December 6, 1865.

With the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade around the corner, pro-lifers are gearing up to do more of what they have done in the past, only better, and take up new initiatives to educate the American people to the tragedy that over 54 million unborn babies have been killed. Abortion is a human rights issue, and we will stand down no more than the abolitionist of old would have conceded his just cause. Like African-American abolitionist David Walker who said –

“You have to prove to the Americans and the world that we are MEN, and not brutes, as we have been represented, and by millions treated. Remember, to let the aim of your labours among your brethren, and particularly the youths, be the dissemination of education and religion.”

– we must appeal to the Declaration of Independence on behalf of the yet unborn citizens of America, inquiring whether the principles of “natural justice, embodied in that Declaration,” truly extend to all:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The highly influential short movie “180,” created by evangelist Ray Comfort, is changing the hearts and minds of young people all over America, encouraging them to do a 180 in their views about the value of the unborn. Find out how you can get involved in the 180 movement.

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