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Rep. Leo Berman's complete 'Right to Life' speech

The following speech was delivered by State Representative Leo Berman at Sunday's Right to Life event at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler:

WITH THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AMERICANS OF ALL RELIGIONS ELECTED THE MOST EXTREME, PRO-ABORTION CANDIDATE OUR NATION HAS EVER HAD HOLD THIS HIGH OFFICE.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS ELECTION WILL BE IMPRINTED UPON OUR NATIONAL CONSCIENCE FOR YEARS TO COME. THE ELECTION OF ABORTION EXTREMISTS TO RULE OVER US SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THIS GREAT NATION WHICH WAS FOUNDED 223 YEARS AGO AS "ONE NATION UNDER GOD."

OUR FOREFATHERS WERE CLEAR IN THE WORDING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WHEN THEY WROTE, "WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS." THESE RIGHTS COME FROM GOD, NOT FROM GOVERNMENT. RIGHTS THAT ARE GIVEN BY GOD CAN ONLY BE TAKEN AWAY BY GOD. THAT INCLUDES LIFE.

MY PURPOSE HERE IS NOT ONLY TO TELL YOU THAT INNOCENT LIFE MUST BE PROTECTED, BUT TO CHALLENGE YOU TO EMBRACE AND ACT UPON YOUR PROLIFE BELIEFS. WHAT DOES THE TERM "PROLIFE" ACTUALLY MEAN?"

THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID, "THE CARE OF HUMAN LIFE AND NOT ITS DESTRUCTION…IS THE FIRST AND ONLY LEGITIMATE OBJECT OF GOOD GOVERNMENT." JEFFERSON SIMPLY, BUT PROFOUNDLY, USED THAT TERM "HUMAN LIFE" WITHOUT QUALIFIER OR EXEMPTIONS, AND FROM THIS STANDARD, WE HAVE SO GRIEVOUSLY STRAYED. TODAY THE RIGHT TO LIVE NO LONGER FULLY BELONGS TO THE LIVING. BY OPENING THE DOOR TO ANY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT TO DENY THE RIGHT TO LIFE TO THE LIVING, WE HAVE, IN FACT, ENDANGERED US ALL.

WE ALL KNOW ADOLF HITLER DID NOT CREATE HUMAN LIFE, BUT HE ADVOCATED THAT SOME SHOULD DIE SO THAT THE MOST PRODUCTIVE AND USEFUL COULD LIVE. MARGARET SANGER, THE FOUNDER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, ECHOED THESE BELIEFS – BELIEFS THAT WERE COUCHED IN THE SAME LANGUAGE USED TODAY TO DENY THE RIGHT TO LIFE TO THE LIVING.

THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD/SANGER UTILITARIAN VIEW OF HUMAN LIFE HAS NOW PERMEATED OUR MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS. WE SEE TODAY THAT THE DECISION TO DEVALUE HUMAN LIFE IN ITS EARLIEST STAGES QUICKLY SLIPPED THE PROVERBIAL SLOPE TOWARD THE DECISION TO DEVALUE THE DISABLED, THE AILING, AND THE ELDERLY. JUDGMENTS HAVE SHIFTED AWAY FROM MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT IS FUTILE, TO JUDGMENTS ABOUT THE PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE AS FUTILE.

CHUCK COLSON, FOUNDER OF PRISON FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY WROTE IN HIS BOOK, HOW NOW SHALL WE LIVE?:

THE ISSUES OF ABORTION, INFANTICIDE, AND EUTHANASIA ALL HINGE ON THE WAY A CULTURE VIEWS HUMAN LIFE. IF HUMAN LIFE BEARS THE STAMP OF THE DIVINE MAKER, IT IS INFINITELY PRECIOUS. BUT IF HUMAN LIFE IS SIMPLY A PRODUCT OF BIOLOGY OR NATURE, A UTILITARIAN UNIT, THEN UTILITARIAN VALUES BECOME THE DOMINANT DETERMINANT.

TODAY IN TEXAS, JUDGMENTS ARE BEING MADE BY DOCTORS ABOUT THE FUTILITY OF AN AILING PERSON'S LIFE. IN ONE HOSPITAL ETHICS COMMITTEE PROCEEDING, THE OVERSEEING PHYSICIAN ASKED THE FAMILY, "WHAT TYPE OF LIFE WILL SHE HAVE AFTER THIS? WILL SHE EVEN BE ABLE TO BALANCE HER CHECKBOOK?" AS IF BALANCING ONE'S CHECKBOOK WAS THE BENCHMARK DETERMINATION FOR A GOOD OR WORTHY QUALITY OF LIFE.

IN ANOTHER ETHICS COMMITTEE MEETING, EACH DOCTOR PRESENT AGREED THAT ALL TREATMENT WAS WORKING TO SUSTAIN THE LIFE OF THE PATIENT. AND THEN THEY EACH SUMMARILY CONCURRED THAT TREATMENT SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN BECAUSE "INFECTION IS GOING TO GET HER SOONER OR LATER." SINCE WHEN DID DEATH BECOME THE MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF INFECTION?

THIS HAPPENS MORE THAN YOU THINK. THE TERRI SCHINDLER SHIAVO FOUNDATION, WITH WHOM TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE WORKS CLOSELY, ROUTINELY FIELDS CALLS FROM FAMILIES BEING PRESSURED TO WITHDRAW MEDICAL TREATMENT FROM THEIR AILING LOVED ONES. BECAUSE OF AN UNJUST TEXAS LAW IN CHAPTER 166.046 OF THE TEXAS HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE CALLED THE "TEXAS ADVANCE DIRECTIVES ACT," TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE HAS ASSISTED OVER 40 FAMILIES IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS FIGHTING AGAINST DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS TO PROTECT THE LIFE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBER. EVEN IF YOU MAKE YOUR WISHES KNOWN IN AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE, IN TEXAS, YOU CAN BE EUTHANIZED AFTER A ‘POLITE' TEN DAYS NOTICE EVEN IF YOU ARE CONSCIOUS AND ASKING FOR CONTINUED MEDICAL TREATMENT.

OVER 50 MILLION ABORTIONS HAVE OCCURRED SINCE 1973. ABORTION IS A BIG AND EXTREMELY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS. ON ITS ANNUAL REPORT FOR FY 07-08, PLANNED PARENTHOOD ANNOUNCED OVER $1.2 BILLION DOLLARS IN ASSETS. THAT'S BILLION WITH A "B." WHY DOES AN INDUSTRY WITH A BILLION IN ASSETS NEED OUR TAX DOLLARS? THEY RECEIVE OVER $350 MILLION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ALL THE WHILE BOASTING THEIR $1 BILLION IN ASSETS. ONE-THIRD OF THEIR BUDGET IS FROM YOU AND ME.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS AMERICA'S LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER, CLAIMING THE LIVES OF 305,310 UNBORN CHILDREN IN 2007. ABORTION IS NOW THE MOST COMMON SURGICAL PROCEDURE IN THE U.S.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS AFFILIATES IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND HEALTH CENTERS ON MANY COLLEGE CAMPUSES, ADVOCATING AND REFERRING FOR ABORTION. ALSO, PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S PROGRAMS FOR SEX EDUCATION IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE NOT TO BE UNDERESTIMATED. THEIR PROGRAMS PROMOTE SEXUAL PROMISCUITY AND REPRODUCTIVE AUTONOMY WHICH ARE INEVITABLY PATHS TO PROFITABLE ABORTION.

ONE THING THAT REALLY BLOWS MY MIND IS THE FACT THAT MANY DEMOCRATS CALL FOR AN END TO THE STATE POLICY OF EXECUTING MURDERERS AND THE MOST HEINOUS CRIMINALS. IN THE SAME BREATH, THEY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND ABORTION ON DEMAND. HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THAT ONE?

LET'S TALK NOW ABOUT CLONING AND STEM CELL RESEARCH. CLONING IS PERFORMED BY A TECHNIQUE CALLED "SOMATIC CELL NUCLEAR TRANSFER." EVEN TRAINED SCIENTISTS, WHEN USING A MICROSCOPE, CANNOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN AN EMBRYO CREATED THROUGH CLONING OR SOMATIC CELL NUCLEAR TRANSFER AND AN EMBRYO CREATED BY THE TRADITIONAL UNION OF SPERM AND EGG.

YOU MAY HEAR BUZZWORDS ABOUT DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLONING AND STEM CELL RESEARCH, BUT REMEMBER THAT THE SAME CLONING PROCEDURE IS ALWAYS USED TO CREATE A CLONED HUMAN. THE CONTROVERSY LIES IN HOW THE CLONES ARE USED ONCE MANUFACTURED.

CURRENTLY, RESEARCHERS ARE DESPERATE FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDING SINCE PRIVATE SOURCES OF FUNDING HAVE DRIED-UP; FOR EXAMPLE, CALIFORNIA, WHERE EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH IS TAXPAYER FUNDED.

THERE ARE STILL NO PROVEN BENEFITS TO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH, AND PRIVATE INVESTORS HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT. THE RESEARCH IS TOO COSTLY, TOO MORALLY QUESTIONABLE, AND TOO FRUITLESS. ADULT STEM CELL THERAPIES AND NEW STEM CELL TECHNOLOGIES HAVE PROVIDED AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE MOST PROMISING PATIENT THERAPIES AND DO NOT INVOLVE THE DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN LIFE AS WITH EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT RESTRICT HUMAN CLONING OR STEM CELL RESEARCH, AND THE CURRENT OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE RECENTLY EXPANDED ALL THE PARAMETERS UNDER WHICH HUMAN BIOTECH RESEARCH COULD CONTINUE.

OUR MEDICAL CAPABILITIES HAVE EXCEEDED OUR ETHICAL AND MORAL GRASP, AND RESEARCHERS ARE MOVING AT A MUCH FASTER PACE THAN THAT OF THE GOVERNMENT WITH LEGISLATION AND POLICY.

SO WE ALLOW LIFE TO BE DESTROYED WHEN LIFE ISN'T USEFUL; AND WE ALLOW LIFE TO BE DESTROYED BECAUSE ITS DESTRUCTION IS USEFUL. HOW DOES ABORTION FIT HERE? IN ABORTION, LIFE IS DESTROYED BECAUSE IT IS DEEMED TO BE USELESS…AND BECAUSE SUCH DESTRUCTION IS PROFITABLE AS WELL.

WASHINGTON IS NOW DOMINATED BY SOCIALISTS. SOCIALISTS DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD. THEIR GOD IS THE STATE. FOR ALMOST FORTY YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN AN EFFORT TO REMOVE GOD FROM OUR NATION. BEGINNING WITH THE DEVASTATING SUPREME COURT DECISION OF 1973, ROE VS. WADE, WE HAVE MURDERED OVER 50 MILLION BABIES BY ABORTION. GOD HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT OF OUR LIVES WITH THE USE OF A FICTITIOUS DOCTRINE-- SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE--WHICH APPEARS NOWHERE IN OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS. IT EFFECTIVELY HAS TAKEN PRAYER AND THE BIBLE OUT OF SCHOOLS, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OUT OF COURTROOMS, AND MANGER SCENES OUT OF TOWN SQUARES.

WE MUST FIGHT BACK TO ENSURE OUR NATION REMAINS "ONE NATION UNDER GOD." WITHOUT GOD, WE WILL LOSE OUR LIBERTY AND THE BLESSINGS HE HAS BESTOWED UPON US. LET'S END THE HORRENDOUS PRACTICE OF ABORTION NOW AND BRING GOD BACK INTO OUR DAILY LIVES.

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