Nov 17, 2009
Reclaiming others’ sacred existence
by Melinda Zosh
On Thursday, Southeastern Director of the Center for Bioethical Reform (CBR) Fletcher Armstrong spoke to a group of students as part of SGA’s week-long “Reclaiming Others’ Sacred Existence (ROSE)” event.
“We have to change the hearts and minds of the American people. There’s not a consensus in the country to stop abortion right now,” Armstrong said. “We need to convert more people to a pro-life position.”
Armstrong was one of several speakers, including Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and former
“The main reason I’m pro-life is because I believe the image of God has been stamped on every human being,” Franks said. “We are all his children. The idea that we would kill the most innocent among us for convenience or economics is beyond my comprehension.”
Dr. Ergun Caner spoke about the Bible and abortion in the law school’s Supreme Courtroom Wednesday. Caner said that the Bible nulls the argument that a fetus is not a person in Psalms where it says each human
“Jesus never killed one person,” Caner said. “In fact, he gave up his life on the cross (and) took the wrath of all cosmic enemies.”
Dean of Liberty Law School Matthew Staver said that Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton shaped the abortion debate. But most people forget that “both have situations that were based completely on fraudulent material,” he said.
Staver said that Sarah Weddington, a law school graduate, found Norma McCorvey’s (Jane Roe) case and saw it as the “ultimate womens’ right.” The Doe v. Bolton case was also set up, and “Jane Doe” fled from her home in Georgia so she would not be forced to have an abortion. None of this information was presented to the Supreme Court, and doctors did not testify, Staver said.
“Scott Peterson was convicted of two murders, because that child was wanted,” Armstrong said. “If you shot a woman in the womb and the baby died, you could be convicted of (two) murders, too.”
Staver said that abortion is a problem in other countries and U.S. leaders need to stand up for the unborn both at home and abroad.
“Whenever our Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton goes into one of these countries and does not speak against human rights violations, it emboldens those countries, and people die,” Staver said.
In order to fight abortion, people must see images. Staver said he used to be a pro-choice pastor until he saw images of aborted fetuses. Armstrong travels to different universities across the country and shows large images of aborted fetuses to college students.
CBR displays these images on trucks and on airplanes, he said, especially at the University of Tennessee, near CBR’s headquarters in Knoxville.
“My horror at abortion was so great that I was willing to step out of my comfort zone to do something that I knew was right,” Armstrong said. “I had to help people understand that this is the right method of reaching our culture.”
“We have to ask as a nation and as a Congress one vital question. Does abortion kill a little baby?” Franks said. “If it doesn’t kill a little baby, I’m ready to stop talking about it.
“But if abortion does kill a little baby, then those of us living in America are living in the midst of the greatest human genocide in the history of humanity and that’s something that we need to face as a people. I intend in Congress to continue to try to help us face that,” Franks said.
“If you don’t have the courage to protect the innocent among us, in the final analysis we’ll never have the courage to protect any kind of liberty for anyone,” Franks said. “The whole of humanity is dependent upon our commitment to protect the innocent among us.”
Contact Melinda Zosh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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