Monday, January 23, 2006

Actions, Please. Not Words.

Apparently, yesterday was National Sanctity of Human Life day. Did you know this? I did not.

From the White House:
When we seek to advance science and improve our lives, we must always preserve human dignity and remember that human life is a gift from our Creator.

National Sanctity of Human Life Day is an opportunity to strengthen our resolve in creating a society where every life has meaning and our most vulnerable members are protected and defended including unborn children, the sick and dying, and persons with disabilities and birth defects.

That's nice and inspiring. Good stuff. In fact, I could not agree any more strongly with the President's words here.

But there's the little matter of this:



And this:




And this:



Call me a leftist kook. Call me a moral equivocator. But respecting the sanctity of life requires extending that philosophy to all life. If we are to involve ourselves in the private decision of a woman to abort her pregnancy (an action that this new Day implicitly encourages), then we must also be willing to involve ourselves in the lives of people who have made it from the womb, and stumbled in real life.

I often hear Pro-Life activists talking about how life doesn't begin only when a child is born. Well, life doesn't end then, either. And our responsibility toward one another should not end there. I like the President's words. They're heartfelt, and they're inspiring. Now, if he'd put his considerable money where his mouth is, we'd be getting somewhere.

(photos courtesy of Jeffrey Feldman at DailyKos)

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