In one of his final acts before leaving office, President Bush designated January 18 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. In so doing, the president noted that “the most basic duty of the government is to protect the innocent.” And who among us is more innocent and more worthy of protection than the unborn?
On January 9 we lost an ardent spokesman for the pro-life cause when Richard John Neuhaus died. During the 60s he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that legalized abortion, he gave himself tirelessly to see the unborn protected. No one spoke out more often or more effectively. Last July he delivered a powerful speech at the National Right to Life Convention. I reproduce several paragraphs here because they explain why we will not give in to the “culture of death."
We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until all the elderly who have run life’s course are protected against despair and abandonment, protected by the rule of law and the bonds of love. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every young woman is given the help she needs to recognize the problem of pregnancy as the gift of life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person—of every human person.
Against the encroaching shadows of
the culture of death, against forces commanding immense power and
wealth, against the perverse doctrine that a woman’s dignity depends
upon her right to destroy her child, against what St. Paul calls the
principalities and powers of the present time, this convention renews
our resolve that we shall not weary, we shall not rest, until the
culture of life is reflected in the rule of law and lived in the law of
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