Jan. 2, 2013
President Lincoln's hundred days after he announced his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation were fraught with difficulty. He had to face the crisis of replacing Gen. McClellan, who had "the slows." Lincoln had to guard against the possibility of a military plot against the government that was talked of openly in McClellan's headquarters. He had to face down political opponents in his cabinet and on Capitol Hill.
He had to reassure doubting supporters, like Sens. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts and "Bluff Ben" Wade of Ohio. Pennsylvania's Congressman Thaddeus Stevens was another sometime supporter of the president who prodded always for more radical action.
Abolitionist editor Frederick Douglass, leader of America's black community, constantly pressed Lincoln to do more and not to try to fight the rebels with one arm--his "sable arm" as Douglass poetically put it--behind his back.
By the end of the Civil War in 1865, Lincoln would use both arms. He would command armies and navies larger in numbers than those commanded today by President Obama. And fully one fifth of his forces were black soldiers and sailors, most of them former slaves. Here, if ever, was abundant proof of the military necessity that prompted Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
But he never failed to say that it was an act of justice for which he asked God's blessing.
He said it in enduring words:"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free -- honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve."
We at Family Research Council thank God for Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. And we assert that what was wrong in slavery, and in segregation, is alike wrong in abortion. To strip an entireclass of human beings of their God-given rights was wrong one hundred and fifty years ago. It is wrong today. And will be wrong forever. If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong, said Lincoln.
We agree with Hillary Clinton, who once said abortion is wrong. We agree with Joe Klein of TIME Magazine, that "sonograms have made it impossible to deny that from a very early stage, that thing in the womb is a human life."
Men and women of conscience in Lincoln's time were confronted with a famous Wedgewood China plate showing a chained black man with arms upraised, appealing: "Am I not a man and a brother?" We offer a sonogram and ask: "Is this not our child?"