Today, Barack Obama is celebrating his second inauguration. It happens to fall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Dr. King’s words are being invoked across the country. However, tomorrow, Barack Obama will issue a statement celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion nationwide in Roe v. Wade. There is a disconnect here. On one hand, the Democratic Party is invoking Dr. King; on the other, they are contradicting his dream of equality for all. As Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Abortion is the greatest injustice of our time. In the name of “choice”, 55 million unborn babies have been deliberately killed by abortion in four decades in America. As we celebrate the progress achieved by minorities, the fact remains that minorities have abortions in disproportionate numbers. Something is wrong. We are falling short. The children deserve better, and their mothers deserve better. As a society, we must realize the error of our ways. As Republicans, we are proud to stand for the dignity of life. Every unborn child has a right to live regardless of his or her circumstances. Every woman deserves better options than abortion. In the past 40 years we’ve invented the Internet, gone to space countless times, watched the fall of communism in Russia and Europe, and created ingenious products such as smartphones, hybrid cars, and much more; yet the best option we present to women in unplanned pregnancies is to kill their child? We can do better. We must. As Dr. King said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” That means us.

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