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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Email From Aaron Hankins

Anniversary of Roe v. Wade: 35 Years of Destruction

Since the inception of legalized abortion by Roe v. Wade in 1973, approximately 50 million innocent unborn lives have been ended. Every day nearly 4,000 lives are destroyed in the womb by abortion. To give you a picture, those children total more than every student in my three local high schools combined.

In the midst of our Presidential election year, it is hauntingly startling to think that the very first child whose life was ended by legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade would have turned 35 years old today, the exact age the Constitution declares Americans eligible to run for our nation's highest office.

We often complain how our choices for elected leaders are between the lesser of two evils. Nobody stops to ponder or complain about the evil that has made the pool of America's potential future leaders shallower.

Abortion has destroyed our nation's moral foundations and has led to our nation's broken government. Government was established for the sole purpose of protecting innocent life. Thomas Jefferson stated, "The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all."

Career politicians have abandoned all. They have abandoned our conservative principles for the lures of careerism. While Life is winning in the Heartland, it is losing in our nation's capital. Career politicians are not able to save unborn lives because they are too busy worrying about saving their own political lives.

We cannot go the way of communist nations where people's lives are at the mercy of their elite tyrannical government. Our federal government must restore the sanctity of Life and ensure that our unalienable rights of Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is protected for all Americans, particularly the weakest and most vulnerable in our society: the unborn.

Despite the three and a half decades that have passed and the millions of lives that have been lost, there is still hope. People often ask, "Can one person make a difference?"

Those who are familiar with the Pro-Life movement and the history of abortion are profoundly convinced that one person can make a difference. Why are they so convinced? Because they know that the responsibility for the destruction caused by abortion in America lies largely in the hands of one individual: Margaret Sanger.

Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider. Sanger's horrific leadership was fueled by her radical politics of sexual liberation, Malthusian economics, and eugenics. She felt that abortion would be the best means of population control and the removal of "bad weeds" in society. Her politics advanced abortion rights and also led to the destruction of marriage, family, and standards of decency all across the globe. Her one life directly impacted the lives of millions of others, literally.

While one person's life and leadership can lead to death and destruction, other's lives and leadership has led to Life and liberty.

William Wilberforce dedicated his life in parliament to ending the British slave trade and restoring the humanity and dignity of millions of innocent lives. Wilberforce's leadership ignited the flame of liberty in the hearts of all decent, freedom loving men the world over and led to the abolition of the horrific injustice of slavery.

Ronald Reagan's life and leadership saved America and the world from the hands of communism. Reagan freed billions of enslaved people whose basic rights of Life and liberty were denied by ruling tyrants. He also strengthened our nation's economy and our American spirit, restoring America to a time of peace and prosperity.

These statesmen made a difference and had a profound influence and effect on the lives of millions of people. Their legacy continues to do so today, as does that of Margaret Sanger.
Let us this day, on the anniversary of the most destructive court decision in the history of America, dedicate our lives to freedom. We must choose whether we will stand for Life and be a voice for the voiceless or will we abandon all and accept the false idea that we can not make a difference.

We have no idea what these young lives that have been lost through legalized abortion would have accomplished if given the right to Life. Yet, we have been given Life and therefore have a responsibility as free Americans to protect this most fundamental and foundational freedom.
Let us begin this day forward to preserve Life and liberty.

"The office seeks the man, the man doesn't seek the office."- Ronald Reagan

"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."- Matthew 9:37-38