I actually started reading a book yesterday! I used to volunteer at a pro-life pregnancy center in Shrewsbury, NJ. I was going to do the training to become a counselor, but then I got pregnant myself, started working a different job, moved to New York… that whole thing. Anways, it’s still something that’s on my heart. So I did a search a few months back on some abortion books. I thought perhaps just some basics would be good to start with and I found one that was written by Ronald Reagan, while he was in office, 10 years after the Roe vs. Wade vote. I’m only a short ways into the book, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, which was actually origionally written as a article for a journal and then later publish in book format. But it is so incredible to read these personal words of the president. 100 years ago it wasn’t so uncommon for our president to address the nation this way, with papers written out of their own personal convictions for the nation to think on. After all, he is the president of all the people, not just the ones who voted for him, so why shouldn’t he let all the people know what he may think on a matter.

I have decided that I would have liked to have met Ronald Reagan. The value he hold for human life, all human life, must have been what made him such a wonderful leader. He seemed to really get it. And the way he defended the life of the unborn was so moving to me. For an acting president to publish such an article during his term was a bold move, but he knew it was necessary. How much more should I be defending the life of the unborn, as a mother, as an ordinary girl with no worries as to how my peers will react? Our society has gone right to teaching our young kids that it is only a fetus, we can’t actually know if there is life inside the womb.

President Reagan put it so well when he said, “Anyone who doesn’t feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life (the first being the mother) should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don’t know if a body is dead or alive, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.”

A lot of what he has addressed in the first part of the article has been how there is more than just the fetus involved. Everyone is accountable for this one who has no say. The mother, the father, the doctors. And how it snuffs out the conscience of anyone a party to the act. He continues to say, “The real question today is not when human life begins, but, what is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from it’s mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law-the same right we have.”

It’s amazing to sit down a read a book that expresses so clearly what has been jumbled up in your head and heart for so long. I can’t wait to continue on and will post more of President Reagan’s profound statements as I find them.

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