This past weekend marked the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decree that authorized the murder of some 49 million unborn children, mostly for somebody’s convenience. Roe is a stain on our nation’s cultural fabric. While Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to reverse the progress we’ve made in banning partial-birth abortion and embryonic stem cell research, pro-lifers maintain a hold on the White House, the Supreme Court, and even the Democratic Congress, as many pro-life Democrats were elected to Congress this past November. Whether or not these freshmen will join forces with the Republicans to resist the intimidation from NARAL, Planned Parenthood and Pelosi to defend the fundamental right to life upon which this nation stands remains to be seen.
Yesterday marked the annual March for Life. More than 100,000 people, mostly young people, weathered cold and snow to gather and march on Washington to bear witness to life. This peaceful demonstration continues to send a powerful message to the nation about life: that all life is sacred and special, no matter how small or how old, or how disabled. The power of the pro-life movement is emphasized in a recent Gallup poll that shows that among the 18-24 age cohort, a majority are emphatically pro-life.
Sadly, we have a long way to go to end Roe. However, there is hope for the future. Until this weekend, the GOP was lost in its search for a 2008 presidential candidate that embodied the conservative, compassionate values that the majority of the electorate shares. On Saturday, Sen. Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.) announced his bid for the Republican nomination for president. The GOP sought, and now it has found a champion of the values we stand for.
During the March for Life rally and throughout the weekend, Brownback campaigned with a message of hope for the future, and committed himself to a renewal of America. For the first time since Ronald Reagan became president, America has a presidential candidate campaigning for an America that values all human life and all their potential. Brownback is the first candidate to have the guts to expose the pro-choice movement’s brazen agenda for what it is. In America, it is unconscionable that the law allows 80% of children diagnosed in-utero with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be aborted, he told a large crowd of supporters. As a person with special needs, it is extremely offensive and hypocritical when far-left leaders in Congress defend this abomination as an out for parents who “aren’t prepared to raise a child with special needs” and yet claim to be champions of disability rights.
Brownback also expressed a need for effective programs to lift the poor out of poverty, to rehabilitate the incarcerated, to end genocide in Darfur and around the world, and to reduce spending on unnecessary items that serve no benefits. He announced his intention to push for a flat tax that will relieve the confusion faced by taxpayers and allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money in a simplified and straightforward tax code.
Furthermore, Brownback called for a bipartisan solution to the war in Iraq, which will achieve stability and allow our troops to come home. We cannot win a war with more troops, he has argued, but only with the bipartisan support of Americans at home for a unified effort to solve the crisis in Iraq.
So let us call a dog a dog. Let us expose abortion for what it is: the murder of unborn human beings. In light of that, let us move forward in building a culture that values all life, “no matter what age, and no matter where in the world.” Let us end, with Brownback as our leader, a culture that forces women into unwanted abortions and accepts Roe as a part of the American culture, and let us work in a bipartisan way to build a culture that values life, marriage, and strong families by spreading a message of love and changing hearts. Let us build an America where everyone’s talents are cultivated and encouraged, an America where everyone can live their dream.
Let us make America a beacon of hope for mankind once again. Let us be proud to be Americans.