The Value of Human Life

The Gipper Got It Right

English author Samuel Johnson once wrote that some truths are too important to be new. I’ll share with you some important old truths about human life.

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A few weeks ago a friend sent me something he thought I would enjoy reading -- something that had been published nearly 30 years ago by Ronald Reagan. I found it so moving, I wanted to share it with BreakPoint listeners.

In 1983, then-President Reagan sent an unsolicited manuscript to the editors of Human Life Review, who published it in a small book. It was a heart-felt plea to the American people to recognize the sanctity of life of unborn babies -- and to never give up working to protect them in law.

Reagan reminded readers that neither the American people nor our legislators had ever had a chance to decide if they really wanted to legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy: That’s still true today.

Nor is abortion a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Reagan wrote that Roe v. Wade was “not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives.” The Dred Scott decision affirming slavery has that dubious distinction.

He wrote of the great need to clearly frame and present the issue of abortion -- just as abolitionists exposed the terrible truth about slavery.

And what is the real issue? Reagan asked. “The real question today is not when human life begins,” he wrote, “but What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the [torn-apart] arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been [removed] from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being.”

And in 1981, Senate hearings on the beginning of human life involved many medical and scientific witnesses who agreed, based on scientific evidence, “that the unborn child is alive, is a distinct individual, [and] is a member of the human species.”

So “the real question,” Reagan wrote, “… is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law -- the same right we have.”

Reagan quoted Lincoln, who wrote that “nothing stamped with the divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on.” He quoted sociologist William Brennan, who warned: “The cultural environment for a human holocaust is present whenever any society can be misled into defining individuals as less than human and therefore devoid of value and respect.” And he quoted Malcolm Muggeridge, who said that “Either life is always and in all circumstance sacred, or intrinsically of no account; it is inconceivable that it should be in some cases the one, and in some [cases] the other.”

How right these men were.

In order to bring back protection for the unborn, which involves fighting the powerful abortion lobby and activist judges, Reagan said, quoting Mother Teresa, we must become “a soul of prayer,” In fact, we must be like William Wilberforce and his friends, who, Reagan recalled, prayed for decades for the end of British slavery. “Let his faith and perseverance be our guide,” Reagan wrote.

The Gipper would be pleased to know that, thanks to the ceaseless efforts of many Christians, more Americans now call themselves prolife than ever before.

Come to our website, BreakPoint.org, and we’ll tell you how to get a copy of this wonderful little book, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.
Further Reading and Information
Abortion and the Consceince of a Nation
Ronald Reagan | Amazon.com

The White Man's New Burden
Chuck Colson | BreakPoint | April 16, 2011


Americans ever choosing abortion or not
"Reagan reminded readers that neither the American people nor our legislators had ever had a chance to decide if they really wanted to legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy: That’s still true today." Part of the American people did decide if they wanted abortion on demand. In 1972, a year before Roe v Wade, the people of Michigan went to the poles and told legislatures that they did NOT want to legalize abortion!
Greg, in future, please don't put your contact information on your comments. We have a policy against publishing people's personal information. I've removed it from this one. Thanks.
Chuck Colson's Wrong Support of Pro-Abort Romney
Is there hypocrisy here? Chuck Colson has supported the corrupt former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who gave us 50-dollar infanticides AFTER his pro-life epiphany - and who illegally altered the marriage certificates (without an enabling statute)to force gay "marriage" on the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Further, Mr. Colson has refused to speak to us Christians here about his friend Romney's criminal behavior.

I am troubled by "Attorney" Colson's arrogance and hypocrisy. Pro-life, schmo-life!

Greg Sabine, teacher & civic leader
The Value of (all) Life
What brother Colson fails to acknowledge is that the “value and respect”, of which William Brennan wrote, is—for both Muggerage and Wilberforce—not limited to individuals “stamped with the divine image and likeness” but extends even to God's creatures who are “less than human.” Muggeridge affirmed that “life is always and in all circumstances sacred.” If we want to be truly pro-life, then we cannot—even tacitly or unwittingly—embrace a might-is-right “ethic” based on a mere Darwinian struggle to survive. We must embrace a genuine ethic that prescribes and proscribes action—not a pseudo-ethic that does neither. The only guide naturalism offers is: “Those who CAN dominate others MAY do so.”
Ronald Reagan
Thanks Chuck, for reminding me what was so admirable about Ronald Reagan. As I read and listened to today's show, I thought to myself, are enough Americans in agreement with Reagan's mindset to override the counter-mindset promoted by our current President and thus, could a Reagan-esque candidate be elected President today? I can't imagine Lincoln making it today, sadly. But all things are possible through Christ!