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What’s Airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Remembering Dr. King”

by | Jan 17, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

Today is the federal holiday celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King. National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias uses this occasion to remind us of Dr. King’s famous 1963 “I have a dream” speech and how the struggle that he gave his life for, although stemming from a different injustice, has parallels to our Movement to protect unborn human beings.

In his speech Dr. King “called on the nation to live out the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence,” Mrs. Tobias says, “in much the same way that we, as a pro-life movement, do today.” Our founders wrote in the Declaration, “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.”

Tragically it was less than ten years after the “I have a dream” speech that the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade nightmare decision.  As Mrs. Tobias observes, “Seven men, answerable in this world only to the history books, declared that human beings not yet born were not entitled to the rights and protections guaranteed by nearly 200 years of history and precedence which said an unborn child is still a child and worthy of protection by our laws.”

Mrs. Tobias reminds us that many have drawn parallels between Roe and the High Court’s 1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford.  “Ironically, and even just a little eerily, both were decided by seven to two majorities, which has further underlined their correlation,” she notes.

But Roe did not “settle” the abortion issue. It served to galvanize tens of millions of Americans who refused to sit idly by.

Mrs. Tobias ends today’s episode of Pro-Life Perspective beautifully with this rally call:

“As with all injustice throughout the ages, following the Roe v. Wade decision, brave men and women from all walks of life came together to right a terrible wrong.  Recalling the Declaration of Independence, we remind our country that the unalienable right to life that our founders held so dear applies to all, including our unborn children.  We continue to struggle and persevere in the face of a society that continues to devalue and dehumanize life.  And, like Dr. King did some four decades ago, we again call the country to a greater understanding our humanity and the inherent dignity of every human being–born and unborn.”

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