Monday, April 23, 2012

Chuck Colson on the value of human life

On April 21, 2012, Chuck Colson passed away. Colson was a prolife hero who often spoke at prolife events and whose writings often defended the right to life of unborn children. Here's a commentary by Colson which was published on May 19, 2011, in which he discusses the value of human life and Ronald Reagan's "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation" booklet.
Reagan reminded readers that neither the American people nor our legislators had ever had a chance to decide if they really wanted to legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy: That’s still true today. Nor is abortion a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Reagan wrote that Roe v. Wade was “not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives.” The Dred Scott decision affirming slavery has that dubious distinction. He wrote of the great need to clearly frame and present the issue of abortion -- just as abolitionists exposed the terrible truth about slavery. And what is the real issue? Reagan asked. “The real question today is not when human life begins,” he wrote, “but What is the value of human life?