Tonight, President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address. We hope and pray that when a new president gives the address next year, the speech will contain rays of hope for the lives of unborn babies.
No such hope will come from Obama’s speech tonight.
One of the most famous State of the Union addresses was given by Franklin Roosevelt in 1941. He spoke of several rights and freedoms that he said all people should enjoy. He spent a sentence or two explaining each, but they are often summarized as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
But sadly, today we are forgetting some of those freedoms.
Freedom of speech for pro-lifers is threatened constantly in the America of 2016. From college campuses, where pro-life speech is sometimes outright banned, to threats to change campaign finance laws to allow criminalization of certain pro-life speech, your right to speak freely is under assault.
Unborn babies have no voice but yours and mine. If our voices are quashed by oppressive laws or shouted down on campuses or elsewhere, the pro-abortion mainstream media will have a monopoly on all the news and views about abortion, and the plight of the unborn will never get the hearing it deserves.
Similarly, freedom of religion is under assault from all sides. The Obama Administration has adopted rules that erode the conscience rights of employers and schools regarding the services they cover in their health insurance plans, and create a precedent that could be used to force many plans to cover elective abortions.
Several organizations of faith have challenged these rules, but the Obama Administration continues to try to force them to participate in what they view as evil.
With these threats facing us, I found it ironic last week when I read a history site on the web that further shortened Roosevelt’s freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear to this:
“Freedom from speech, religion, want and fear”
Now, I know that is a typo – the writer meaning to say “freedom of speech, religion, and from want and fear” – but the irony is too delicious, especially at this perilous time for freedom of speech and religion! I’m afraid that web site was unconsciously expressing something that is all too true in Obama’s America!
It is so important that in the next 10 months, Americans understand that their freedoms are under such assault, and that those we elect are the kind of leaders committed to protecting our rights to speech, to religion, and to life itself.
Few organizations can reach as many Americans to warn them of these threats as National Right to Life. With a grassroots network that reaches into thousands of communities, and can activate tens of thousands of volunteers, we can be a strong voice in 2016 to help protect your voice on behalf of the unborn.
I hope you will help us throughout 2016 to be this strong and needed voice – America needs it now more than ever. Please support us now and throughout the year with your generous financial support, and together we will rebuild an America that supports a free exchange of ideas, freedom to express one’s faith, and the right to life itself.
National Right to Life President