President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker during the prayer vigil in Newtown, Connecticut last night. While I appreciated the President’s compassionate speech for the families and community of Newtown, I could not help but consider his words valuable and applicable to all children, both born and pre-born.
Some Christians and pro-lifers do not believe this is an appropriate time to address the issue of abortion, and the evil tragedy on December 14 should especially not be used in the conversation about abortion. While I do believe great care, concern, and wisdom must be employed when speaking of this delicate issue, the tragedy in Connecticut speaks to the vulnerability of all children, whether born or pre-born.
As I watched President Obama speak at the prayer vigil last night, I immediately concluded he was writing the following Whitehouse Petition for us. The abbreviated petition (full version below) is posted at We the People: Your Voice in Our Government and is waiting for you to sign your name for the immediate abolition of abortion.
The We the People website states,
The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response…To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days.
With your help, we can significantly exceed the 25,000 signature requirement by January 16, 2013, just a few days before the Presidential Inauguration on January 21 and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22.
We pray that President Obama will be consistent and God will open his eyes to the tragic death of over 3,600 babies slaughtered at abortions mills everyday in the United States of America. We also pray for President Obama’s salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he will lead this nation in the fear of the Lord.
Read it. Sign it. Spread it. Everywhere: WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Immediately Abolish the Legalized Murder of Pre-born Children
We Demand that President Obama be Consistent with his Call to Protect All Children
During the Newtown, Connecticut prayer vigil that took place on December 16th, President Barack Obama gave the following address to the families of this community who tragically lost 27 loved ones, including 20 children, to the evil act of mass murder. We stand with President Obama in his love and support for these families, as well as his call to protect all children from evil and harm.
We, therefore, call for the immediate abolition of legalized murder of pre-born children, who are persons made in the image of God, who deserve to be protected and given, as President Obama stated, “the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose.” We also agree with President Obama that our nation is not doing enough and these tragedies must end; and in order to combat our culture of death, we as a nation must change, or we will be judged for the 54 million deaths of pre-born children by abortion since 1973.
The following are statements made by President Obama on the evening of December 16th:
“…And in that way we come to realize that we bear responsibility for every child, because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours, that we’re all parents, that they are all our children.
“This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.
“And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations?
Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?
“Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know they are loved and teaching them to love in return?
“Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?
“I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change…
“…We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.
“We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this…
“…If there is even one step we can take to save another child…then surely we have an obligation to try…
“…Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?
“Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom…?
“…We know we’re always doing right when we’re taking care of them, when we’re teaching them well, when we’re showing acts of kindness. We don’t go wrong when we do that…” (full transcript here)
We agree with President Obama and demand the total abolition of all practices of abortion without exception. This is not a political issue, but a moral responsibility to protect and care for all children, born or pre-born.
We believe abortion is the most vicious act of dehumanization and oppression ever practiced in human history. We do not believe that the planned-and-paid-for-murder of an unborn human being is ever morally justified. Abortion is never the right choice, never the only option, and never the best solution to any situation.
Jesus Christ called us to care for the weakest members of our society, not abandon them to destruction. Children conceived in rape and incest deserve our protection and adoption. Children diagnosed with serious developmental abnormalities deserve our compassion and assistance. We are to care for the fatherless and the infirm, not abandon them to violence at the hands of well-paid strangers.
We believe that allowing abortion in some cases along the way to its abolition in all cases is neither strategically sound nor consistently Christian. You cannot abolish abortion by allowing it to continue or pretend that it is justified in some cases. You cannot abolish abortion by compromising with the culture of death that undergirds its approval. Any strategy for ending abortion in this country which allows for the continued occurrence of some abortions for the sake of outlawing the rest, though seemingly pragmatic and deceptively promising to be effectual, is just that: compromise. Like the abolitionists of old who stood their ground and bellowed, “No compromise with slavery!” we declare: “NO COMPROMISE WITH ABORTION.”
We will be silent when abortion is abolished. A//∀