"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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." Thomas Jefferson.
"You have rights antecedent to all earthy governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe." - John Adams, Second President of the United States.
Did Thomas Jefferson and the men who signed the Declaration of Independence ever forsee that the United States of America would allow the legal killing of an innocent child in a Mother's womb? What kind of a future does this country really have if we keep killing our own children?
Abraham Lincoln gave us his assessment of the Declaration's purpose, speaking of the framers of that document, he said: "This was their majestic interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. Yes, gentlemen, to all his creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on. . . They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children's children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages.
He warned also of the danger we would face ifwe closed our eyes to the value of life in any category of human beings: "I should like to know if taking this old Declaration ofIndependence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle and making exceptions to it where will it stop. If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man?"
"Every human person - no matter how vulnerable or helpless, no matter how young or how old, no matter how healthy, handicapped or sick, no matter how useful or productive for society - is a being of inestimable worth created in the image and likeness of God. This is the dignity of America, the reason she exists, the condition for her survival - yes, the ultimate test of her greatness: to respect every human person, especially the weakest and most defenseless ones, those as yet unborn." - Pope John Paul II at the Detroit Airport on 19 September, 1987
"At the center of the moral vision of your founding documents is the recognition of the rights of the human person, and especially respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life in all conditions and at all stages of development. I say to you again, America, in the light of your own tradition: love life, cherish life, defend life, from conception to natural death." John Paul II
Our country is in very bad shape. Its laws protect severe immorality—the violation of human life. People will argue about whether a very young child in the womb is a human being, but what about a viable child at nine months who is already in the birth canal? If anyone can say that a child in the process of being born can be killed, then we are operating on totally different values. I question whether we as a nation can stay together, having on our national conscience the legal deaths of millions of children. There is a strong bias in our country against speaking out for objective morality as there is for objective values. What could be more objective than the injustice of taking a human life? I was not only horrified but I was also heartbroken by the deaths of the people at the World Trade Center and know many families who suffered losses. No sane person takes any of this lightly. Like most New Yorkers, I have personally suffered with families and especially children who were scarred for life by the deathism. But we need to be reminded that in the United States every day thousands of children are deprived of life legally and with the connivance of many politicians.
Our country exports pornography, euthanasia, and abortion. Do you wonder why people hate us? And do you wonder that even nature itself begins to cry out? The people who died in the World Trade Center were innocent. They paid a price for a whole nation, perhaps for a whole civilization. Other people may very well die, though God forbid. The spectre of bioterrorism grips our country now, and it will not go away. If you have to die, for heaven’s sake die for what is good and holy. Die for what is a blessing to the world. Die for the honor and glory of God. Would you want to die in defense of what kills people and corrupts the young? Our nation has been given a call to repentance and conversion. Will the whole country or the whole civilization listen to it? Perhaps not. But I do believe in Jesus’ words: “He who will confess me before men, I will confess him before my Father in heaven.”
I realize there are people in favor of abortion out of some distorted goodwill. Many of them think they’re doing good and protecting human rights. I have often said to the pro-abortion demonstrators we meet in front of the clinics that we all have one thing in common—we think this is an important issue. I urge you to examine your conscience and ask yourself, is this a country that protects human life and protects the young? I often heard Mother Teresa say something I thought was puzzling: “The greatest obstacle to world peace is abortion.” At first I did not see the connection. Then I realized that Muslims are generally very opposed to abortion, which they see as a violation of the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” The Muslim nations consistently vote against making legal abortion a requirement for membership in the U.N. It was only as I watched in horror the imploding of the World Trade Center that I realized what Mother Teresa, a prophetess of our time, had really meant. Mother Teresa
In 1975, in the last lecture he gave, the distinguished lay theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand, who had to leave Germany secretly shortly after the rise of the Nazis (he always referred to Hitler as “the criminal”), warned the audience, “A country that legalizes the murder of the innocent is doomed.” He said these words with a voice trembling with emotion. We may now have the last opportunity to reverse this sentence. The Cross at Ground Zero - by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR
"If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?…Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."Mother Teresa at the NationalPrayer Breakfast in 1994.
"As the experience of the past 25 years has shown, legalized abortion has been a destructive force in the lives ofmany individuals, especially women who are often left alone to bear the deep sorrow and regret which follow the decision to destroy the life of an unborn child. But the proliferation of procured abortions has also had deleterious effects on society at large, not least in a weakening of respect for the life of the elderly and the infirm, and a coarsening of the moral sense. When the death of the innocent is sanctioned by law, the distinction between good and evil is obscured and society is led to justify even such clearly immoral procedures as partial-birth abortion." Pope John Paul II.
The child is also the sign and promise of human liberty, because he is a new act of freedom added to the world. The increase of marital introversion through the prevention of buds on the tree of life goes hand in hand with the increase of totalitarianism and suffocation of personal liberty. The furnace of Dachau was only one of the scientific ways modern man has found to snuff out the candles of freedom. There are other ways, too, all performed to "benefit" humanity. Herod said: "Go, and enquire carefully for the child, and when you have found him, bring me back word, so that I, too, may come and worship him" (Matt. 2.8). But the gift he gave was the sword meant to bleed infant freedom white. The frontiers of freedom today are not on the political and economic front, but in the home. Not they who prattle about freedom, but they who create new areas of freedom through birth, are the true defenders of real democracy. Children are conceived despite the exact calculations of man. Their sex cannot be absolutely determined, nor the exact time of their coming. There is something beautifully undetermined, something free about their advent. Like the love from which they issued, they are as free at creation as a poem. All things else are slavery compared to this new act of freedom and the promise of a better world. It is, indeed, curious that those who would shirk the responsibility of life defend their egotism, on the ground that they want to be "free". If freedom is egotism, the plea is justified. Freedom belongs to pioneers who bring new choices and revolutions and decisions into a weary and old world. Here is a novelty at its best; thanks to the child, all covenants with death are abrogated. In fighting for the right to life, we are also fighting for America. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
"Will America continue to inspire people to build a truly better world, a world in which freedom is ordered to truth and goodness? Or will America offer the example of a pseudo-freedom which, detached from the moral norms that give life direction and fruitfulness, turns in practice into a narrow and ultimately inhuman self-enslavement, one which smothers people's spirits and dissolves the foundations of social life? These questions pose themselves in a particularly sharp way when we confront the urgent issue of protecting every human being's inalienable right to life from conception until natural death. This is the great civil rights issue of our time, and the world looks to the United States for leadership in cherishing every human life and in providing legal protection for all the members of the human community, but especially those who are weakest and most vulnerable." John Paul II.