The Consistent Pro-life Ethic
INTEGRAL TO PRO-LIFE SUCCESS
Your task is a noble one. In fact, at this moment in American history, I can think of none more noble.
As citizens of this free society, your task consists of a solemn commitment to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” promised us in the Declaration of Independence.
The specific purpose for which the Massachusetts Citizens for Life exists is to redress an egregious decision of the Supreme Court that snatched away the legal protection of the unborn and reduced them to a disposable “thing.” If the moral character of a nation can be measured by anything, that “litmus test” is the value it places on human beings — especially its poorest and most defenseless. No one is more frail, defenseless, and in need of care than our unborn.
Obviously I am not here to win converts. From me you need no further evidence, no more moral persuasion, no deeper dialogue, to be convinced that each fertilized ovum, from the instant of conception is someone’s future son, daughter, grandchild, niece, or nephew. We here are all convinced that the fetus is human — alive — a male or female individual distinct from, though nevertheless dependent on, its mother. In its most vulnerable period of existence, it needs only time and loving care to become a fully developed human person.
That you are its defenders, I applaud; that you are a part of a great national — yes, even international — movement I also applaud.
Elie Wiesel, who survived Auschwitz, has said, “Apathy toward evil is man’s greatest sin.”
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