A Baby Then, A Choice Now

12119611546_92ae3cfa08_hEveryone that knows me, knows that my favorite President is, and always will be, Ronald Reagan. A man of strong character and morals, a firm believer in Christian principles, and a champion for the pro-life cause. When President Reagan spoke, people listened. When he made powerful suggestions (“Tear down this wall!”), most people heeded them. Get my point?

One of my favorite areas of his quotes, though, are when he would speak about abortion:

“I have often said that when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives–the lives of the mother and the life of the unborn child. Why else do we call a pregnant woman a mother? Medical practice confirms at every step the correctness of these moral sensibilities. Modern medicine treats the unborn child as a patient. Medical pioneers have made great breakthroughs in treating the unborn–for genetic problems, vitamin deficiencies irregular heart rhythms, and other medical conditions. The real question today is not when human life begins, but What is the value of human life? The abortionists who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether than tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law–the same right we have.”

With that being said, when I see the way our current President leans on this issue, I’m infuriated. Frankly, the  carelessness that this Administration shows towards the unborn and the lack of responsibility it encourages is outstanding. On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the President issued a statement. It was a humdinger of a statement, too.

“Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.  We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom.  And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”

That last line is what really hit me. “Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.” Think about it. This is the country where everyone deserves equal opportunities– equal opportunities for life, liberty, and happiness — but how can we achieve that when our Commander-in-Chief is advocating abortion under the name of “women’s rights”?

How can we have a “safe and healthy” community when legal child murder is promoted? Anyone else seeing the hypocrisy going on here? That “clump of cells” as the pro-choice crowd cries is so much more than a choice. It is a baby. That baby is living, breathing, tiny, and  defenseless. That baby has a heartbeat, a brain, fingers, and toes. That baby was made by a perfect God in His image. It is a person. Just like you and me.

Ronald Reagan promoted life, family, strong character, a good work ethic, and faith. He believed in the non-fabricated truth and spoke up for right. The rest is history. Whether or not you like Reagan, Obama, or neither, one thing is certain – their administrations are tackle the issue of abortion in vastly different ways.  We had a baby then, now we have a choice.

I pick the baby.

[Here are several charts comparing the Reagan and Obama Administrations, if you’re interested: here and here.]

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Follow Rebecca Rigsby on Twitter at @RebecaaaLeanne.

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