Summary: We need to decide in America to choose life over death!
Opening Illustration from Bella: Eduardos Story
I HAVE A DREAM OF THE RIGHT TO LIFE!
I am happy to present to you this day, a Pro-life message and a vision for tomorrow for this Nation Under God. Let us remember that on January 22, 1973 abortion was made legal by the Roe vs. Wade decision of the Supreme Court of the USA.
35 years ago a luminous cloud of darkness descended on our great nation.
We today, face the tragic fact that approximately 48,589,993 (figure from Right to Life website) babies have been slain by this dark luminous cloud of death. The unborn child lays mangled and lifeless in the waste baskets of clinics all over the United States. The nation rolls on its selfish quest but heaven anguishes and cries out in pain, "Stop the insanity choose life!"
America refuses to believe that a commandment has been broken. America refuses to believe that an injustice has occurred and that a life lies motionless.
America refuses to acknowledge its own Declaration of Independence which states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
America refuses to hear the words of a former President, "Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just for His justice cannot sleep forever."
I am here today at this hallowed place to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in apathy. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all God’s children. Now is the time to cast off this cloud of darkness and death. Now is the time to join hands across America and repent and cry out to God for mercy. Now is the time to gather together in brotherhood and stand on the solid rock.
It would be fatal for this nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the justice of the Lord God Almighty.
I believe that 2008 is not an end, but a beginning. There will be neither rest nor peace in America until the unborn child is granted his right to life and citizenship to this nation.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the past 35 years, I still have a vision. It is a vision deeply rooted in the Creator of the Universe.
I have a vision that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ". . . that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
I have a vision that one day on the hills of San Francisco there will be life and not death. That there will be cries of babies being born and not eerie silence of death.
I have a vision that one day even the city of Chicago, a desert city sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice, embracing the tiny hands of life.
I have a vision that my three children will one day live in a nation where they will not hear or see the holocaust of abortion.
I have a vision today.
I have a vision that one day the city of New York will be transformed into a place where all the tiny feet of life will embrace and walk together as brothers and sisters of life.
I have a vision for today.
I have a vision that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain be made low, the rough places will be made plains of righteousness and the crooked places of death will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is our faith. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of love and respect for life. With this faith we will be able to work together, pray together, struggle together to stand up for freedom together, to stand up for the right to life together, knowing that they will be free one day to be born and given a chance to live.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, "My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my Fathers died, land of the Pilgrims pride, land where life is right, from every mountainside, let freedom of life ring."