Great moral crisis of today denies rights in the womb
The following is an excerpt from a sermon given by the Rev.
Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition on Sunday, January 20, 2002,
to young people gathered for the annual March for Life in Washington, DC
Forty years ago, our nation faced a great moral crisis. An entire class of
people were denied basic human rights because of the color of their skin.
African-Americans were denied access to the ballot, refused admission to
universities, forbidden entrance to public places such as restaurants, amusement
parks and transportation.
Churches were burned and bombed. Children died. Crosses were burned on front
lawns and entire communities lived in fear and oppression. The reason these
people were treated in such a malicious fashion was that their skin color was
In the midst of this terrible violence and hatred, a generation of young people,
the majority of them the same age as most of you, rose up with great passion,
courage and faith to confront, challenge and crush the evil known as segregation
and racial bigotry. Their actions changed the course of history.
They were led by a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King. It is his
holiday we celebrate tomorrow.
Today, America faces an even greater moral crisis. Once again, an entire class
of people is being denied their basic human rights. In fact, they are being
denied the most basic of human rights: the right to life. Forty years ago,
African-Americans faced this kind of brutality and discrimination. Today it is
innocent children who are in their mother's wombs.
Since 1973, more than 43 million innocent children have been brutally killed
through abortion — subjected to the most horrible kind of violence and
discrimination, having their skulls crushed, their bodies burned. With no
respect to their humanity, they are tossed in garbage dumpsters, flushed down
toilets and garbage disposals.
All this is being done in the name of choice. What should our response be today
to the horror of abortion? I believe God is calling us to look back to the words
and actions of Martin Luther King and those heroic young civil rights activists
to provide inspiration and guidance for us today, for there is a direct link
toward fighting for equal rights for African-Americans and fighting for the
equal rights of children in their mothers' wombs.
Dr. King said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He
understood that the bigotry and hatred directed toward African-Americans
impacted our entire culture. Like a stone dropped in a pond sends ripples across
the water, so racism ripples out and touches every part of the American
It was not enough for us to say, "Well, I didn't live in the South" or "I would
never discriminate." Racism diminished all of us.
What is true with segregation and racism is true with abortion. The rights and
freedoms we enjoy as Americans cannot be guaranteed as long as we allow
thousands of children to be killed every day. It is of little consequence for
you to say, "I will never have an abortion" or "I don't believe in abortion."
The ripple effect of 43 million children killed through abortion impacts all of
Dr. King said, "All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those
who exist in poor America. In doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually
have to face themselves with the question that [Nazi Adolf] Eichmann chose to
ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellow man? To ignore evil
is to become an accomplice to it."
To ignore the evil of abortion and how it is corrupting America simply means we
are an accomplice in the deaths of these innocents. It is not enough to say we
are pro-life or that we oppose abortion. We must lay down our lives for the
cause of Christ and the gospel of life.