A Call to Peaceful Resistance For Life Under The Biden Administration.
Based on the “Manhattan Declaration.”
The Biden Administration wants to make abortion legal at any stage of fetal development, and seek to provide abortions at taxpayer expense. The Supreme Court, whose infamous 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade stripped the preborn of legal protection, continues to treat elective abortion as a fundamental constitutional right. President Biden, who has refused to support legislation protecting children born alive from late-term abortions, has pledged to make abortion more easily and widely available by eliminating laws prohibiting government funding, requiring waiting periods for women seeking abortions, repealing the Hyde Amendment and parental notification for abortions performed on minors.
The elimination of these important and effective pro-life laws cannot reasonably be expected to do other than significantly increase the number of elective abortions by which the lives of countless children are snuffed out prior to birth. Our commitment to the sanctity of life is not a matter of partisan loyalty, for we recognize that in the 48 years since Roe v. Wade, elected officials and appointees of both major political parties have been complicit in giving legal sanction to what Pope John Paul II described as “the culture of death.” We call on all officials in our country, elected and appointed, to protect and serve every member of our society, including the most marginalized, voiceless, and vulnerable among us.
A culture of death inevitably cheapens life in all its stages and conditions by promoting the belief that lives that are imperfect, immature or inconvenient are disposable.
We will work, as we have always worked, to bring assistance, comfort, and care to pregnant women in need and to those who have been victimized by abortion, even as we stand resolutely against the corrupt and degrading notion that it can somehow be in the best interests of women to submit to the deliberate killing of their preborn children. Our message is, and ever shall be, that the just, humane, and truly Christian answer to unexpected pregnancies is for all of us to love and care for mother and child alike. In others words, we must passionately work to protect them both with life-affirming choices and care.
Our concern is not confined to our own nation. Around the globe, we are witnessing cases of genocide and “ethnic cleansing,” the failure to assist those who are suffering as innocent victims of war, the neglect and abuse of children, the exploitation of vulnerable laborers, the sexual trafficking of girls and young women, the abandonment of the aged, racial oppression and discrimination, the persecution of believers of all faiths, and the failure to take steps necessary to halt the spread of preventable diseases like AIDS. We see these travesties as flowing from the same loss of the sense of the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life that drives the abortion industry and the movements for assisted suicide, euthanasia, and human cloning for biomedical research. And so ours is, as it must be, a truly consistent ethic of love and life for all humans in all circumstances.
A truly prophetic Christian witness will insistently call on those who have been entrusted with temporal power to fulfill the first responsibility of government: to protect the weak and vulnerable against violent attack, and to do so with no favoritism, partiality, or discrimination. The Bible enjoins us to defend those who cannot defend themselves, to speak for those who cannot themselves speak. And so we defend and speak for the preborn, the disabled, and the dependent. What the Bible and the light of reason make clear, we must make clear in our actions.
We embrace the words of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel as he states, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” We must be willing to peacefully defend, even at risk and cost to ourselves and our institutions, the lives of our brothers and sisters at every stage of development and in every condition.
Therefore, we the undersigned, join with a “great cloud of witnesses” throughout history who have sacrificed all to safeguard the principles of human rights and justice and be a voice for the voiceless regardless of the cost. The pro-life community makes clear to President Biden, we will never comply with any federal laws or regulations put forward by his Administration which would cause us to support or endorse abortion violence.
Like the civil rights workers who courageously fought segregation and racism, we will peacefully resist any attempt to expand the violence of abortion in America. We cannot be indifferent. We will never be silent!
CEO, Stanton International
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