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What’s airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation,” Part Four

by | Jun 14, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

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All this week National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias has been liberally quoting from a pro-life classic, President Ronald Reagan’s Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation. If you missed any episodes this week, you can go back and listen to them on our website at

Yesterday Mrs. Tobias picked up on a major theme in President Reagan’s 1983 essay which was turned into a book: infanticide.  He spent a great deal of time discussing the 1982 Baby Doe case in Indiana, in which a newborn infant with Down’s Syndrome was left to die by starvation by court order.  Reagan explained the mentality that made such an atrocity possible:

“A Nobel Prize winning scientist has suggested that if a handicapped child ‘were not declared fully human until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice.’ In other words, ‘quality control’ to see if newly born human beings are up to snuff.”

He continued:

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 understood that there really is a bottom line question:

“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.”

President Reagan was at his most eloquent when he walked his readers back through American history to show that we have always affirmed the sanctity of human life ethic

As Mrs. Tobias points out, President Reagan reflected on our nation’s founding fathers and the legacy of the Declaration of Independence in saying, “We fought a terrible war to guarantee that one category of mankind…could not be denied the inalienable rights with which their Creator endowed them.”

Mrs. Tobias ends today’s broadcast with a declaration and a question:

“President Reagan case is clear: the arguments for abortion are not about ‘rights.’ They are about human value. Do we or do we not think some people are more valuable than others. Are we willing to allow our culture to place different values on human life? These are the questions we continue to combat every day, and thankfully for unborn children, with your hard work at a local and state level, together with our efforts here in Washington, we are succeeding.”

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Categories: Abortion