Pastor Tim Bayly addressed a gathering at the Indiana State House on the Thirty-First Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22, 2004, and made some powerful connections between the Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade Supreme Court rulings and why Christian engagement on both fronts (slavery and abortion) is consistent with our convictions on person-hood. Here are some powerfully clear excerpts:
Just as those involved in the anti-slavery movement believed in the full personhood and dignity of members of the African race because of theirprior belief that every human being is made in the image of God; so also, those involved in the anti-abortion movement believe in the full personhood and dignity of all children because of their prior belief in this same biblical doctrine that every human being, born or unborn, is made in the image of God. Slaves or freedmen of African descent, unborn children swimming in the amniotic fluid of their mother’s womb-all bear God’s Image and are, therefore, in the words of our own Declaration of Independence, “…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among them is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness….” And further, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Brothers and sisters, it is time we shake off our complacency concerning the oppression surrrounding us and remember, again, the godliness and courage of those who have gone before us, those who dealt a mortal blow to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision and brought and end to slavery. Like us, every effort was made to silence them and to relegate their cries for reform to the backwater of private religious expression. But they would have none of it; they were determined to be heard.
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