Friday, November 23, 2007

"20,000 Ghosts"

I saw the movie Amazing Grace for the first time tonight. If you haven't seen it yet go rent it. The basic story is about a member of the English Parliament, William Wilberforce, who pretty much single handedly abolishes the slave-trade in England. While watching this movie I found many parallels to the pro-life movement. Some quotes particularly struck me.
"You told me you live in the company of 20,000 ghosts. The ghosts of slaves." -William Wilberforce
Since January 22, 1973 (the date of Roe vs. Wade) there have been at least 30 million abortions. That's 30 million ghosts. Ghosts of children. Haunting every mother, father, brother, sister, abortion doctor, senator, congressman, governor, president, every single person who has not stood up against murder. 30 million mothers live with the ghosts of their children. 30 million fathers live with the ghosts of the children they couldn't protect. Our nation lives with the ghosts of 30 million children whose deaths we have sanctioned.
"This isn't a game for them" -James Stephen
Sometimes we get so caught up in what we're doing that we forget who we are fighting for. It is then that we have to stop and think of the 30 million faces we'll never see, the 30 million names we'll never know, the 30 million voices we'll never hear, the 30 million friends we'll never have. And we have to cry. We have to cry for them, we have to pray for them, and we have to get back up and fight for them. But we always have to remember them.
"I wish I could remember their names. My 20,000 ghosts. They all had names." -John Newton
I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

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