A few days ago, we commemorated the one-year anniversary since the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade, a decision that has significantly shaped the pro-life movement and our tireless efforts to defend the sanctity of every human life. This moment calls for both reflection and renewed dedication to the cause we hold dear.
With hearts filled with gratitude to God, we celebrate the end of nearly half a century of national abortion on demand. The ruling of Roe v. Wade, which cast a long shadow over our nation, was struck down by the United States Supreme Court, bringing an end to an era marred by the tragedy of millions of lives lost.
Yet, we must confront a stark reality. Even today, as we stand united in our commitment to protect the vulnerable, 548 abortions are taking place daily in the United States. This sobering statistic reminds us that our fight to safeguard the well-being of mothers, fathers, and unborn children remains as vital as ever.
The responsibility now lies with Congress and state legislatures to enact laws that uphold the sanctity of life. We must ensure that unborn children receive equal protection under the law, extending the shield of legal recognition to the most defenseless members of our society.
The Declaration of Independence eloquently proclaims that all human beings are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Foremost among these rights is the right to life, a fundamental truth that cannot be compromised or denied. As a nation founded on principles of justice and liberty, we must rise above the injustices inflicted upon the unborn and build a society that cherishes the inherent worth of every human life.
When the 14th Amendment was drafted, it embodied the spirit of equal protection under the law. During that era, both common law and statutory laws acknowledged the humanity of unborn children, granting them the status of legal persons deserving of life and protection. Abortion was rightfully recognized as a violation of this sacred right, prompting the majority of states to enact laws that safeguarded life at all stages of development.
Our understanding of the beginning of life has deepened through scientific progress. Today, medical and scientific consensus affirms that human life begins at fertilization. This truth finds recognition not only in federal law but also in the statutes of 38 states, where the unlawful nature of fetal homicide is established.
There can be no distinction between the biological existence and legal personhood of a human being. It is our moral duty to ensure that every individual within our nation, whether born or unborn, is afforded the protection they deserve. Let us bridge any divides and guarantee that no segment of society is denied the equal protection enshrined in our laws.
As we gather on this solemn occasion, let us recommit ourselves to the sacred cause of life. Let us be unwavering advocates for the voiceless and tireless defenders of the most vulnerable. Through prayer, compassionate outreach, and the enactment of just laws, we can foster a culture that respects and cherishes every human life.
May God, in His infinite wisdom and grace, guide us on this path. With unyielding faith and unity of purpose, let us continue to build a society that upholds the dignity and worth of every human person. Together, we will ensure that the right to life is protected and celebrated in every corner of our great nation.