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This Week on Pro-Life Perspective: ”Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation,” Part Four

by | Sep 16, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

All this week Carol Tobias, National Right to Life President and host of Pro-Life Perspective, has educated us to the broad, deep, and wide pro-life legacy of President Ronald Reagan. She’s quoted from his book, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation” to illustrate why the Movement reveres President Reagan.

One e-mailer asked if the book is still available. Fortunately, yes. In 2001, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation” was republished.  You can order a copy of this updated edition from our affiliate, California Pro-Life Council, for just $9.99.  It is a must-have for any pro-life or personal library.

For eight years, President Reagan used the Oval Office as a pulpit to speak out on behalf of the unborn and the injured newborn.  In his book he used the 1982 “Baby Doe case” to illuminate his point that, “Obviously, some influential people want to deny that every human life has intrinsic, sacred worth. They insist that a member of the human race must have certain qualities before they accord him or her status as a ‘human being.’”  Baby Doe, born with Down syndrome, was starved to death with the approval of the Indiana Supreme Court

Mrs. Tobias further quotes from the book where  President Reagan reminded his readers that

Events have borne out the editorial in a California medical journal which explained three years before Roe v. Wade that the social acceptance of abortion is a “defiance of the long-held Western ethic of intrinsic and equal value for every human life regardless of its stage, condition, or status.”

President Reagan went to the heart of the matter when he declared a simple but all-important truth.

“Every legislator, every doctor, and every citizen needs to recognize that the real issue is whether to affirm and protect the sanctity of all human life, or to embrace a social ethic where some human lives are valued and others are not. As a nation, we must choose between the sanctity of life ethic and the “quality of life” ethic.”

Today’s  five-minute Pro-Life Perspective makes for great listening. Go to to hear  the episode—or any of the previous three aired this week.

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