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Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation Hardcover – April 1, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers; English Language edition (April 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840741162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840741165
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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President Reagan's record of public service reveals that not moral issue was of greater importance to him than the dignity and sanctity of human life. [He is] a champion of all that is right and true and just; a firm believer and practitioner of all that makes America great; an advocate of the good; a defender of the innocent, yound and old alike. --Hon. William P. Clark, who served as Chief of Staff to Governor Reagan, Justice of the California Supreme Court, Deputy Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, and Secretary of teh Interior

President Reagan understood that freedom and equality before the law are based on a more fundamental principle: the intrinsic, God-given dignity and value of each human person ... The pro-life movement will always be indebted to President Ronald Reagan for his word and deed. --Wanda Franz, PhD., President of the National Right to LIfe Committee

Ronald Reagan stands amidst a pantheon of great and often misunderstood statesmen who asserted the deceivingly simple premise that the 'right to life'; is the cornerstone of all sound government ... He understood what lies at the very heart of civilization; that it could be lost and that it must be defended. --Brian Johnston, Western Regional Director of National Right to Life and California Commisioner on Aging

President Reagan understood that freedom and equality before the law are based on a more fundamental principle: the intrinsic, God-given dignity and value of each human person ... The pro-life movement will always be indebted to President Ronald Reagan for his word and deed. --Wanda Franz, PhD., President of the National Right to LIfe Committee

Ronald Reagan stands amidst a pantheon of great and often misunderstood statesmen who asserted the deceivingly simple premise that the 'right to life'; is the cornerstone of all sound government ... He understood what lies at the very heart of civilization; that it could be lost and that it must be defended. --Brian Johnston, Western Regional Director of National Right to Life and California Commisioner on Aging --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ronald Reagan served as the fortieth President of the United States of America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An excellent defense of the pro-life ethic.
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This book is so well written and should required reading for everyone.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation is an historically important document and one of the most passionate and well-argued pro-life essays ever written. The publication of such an essay by a President while in office (and in his first term, no less) was unheard of, but the knowledge that some 15 million unborn children had been aborted in the first ten years after abortion was legalized in this country compelled Ronald Reagan to do something to put an end to a practice doing irreparable harm to both families and the entire nation. The essay is a short but brilliant condemnation of abortion. The issue affects all of us, Reagan insists, because the diminishment of the life of the unborn diminishes the value of all human life. He exposes the ugly underside of the pro-abortion "quality of life" argument, likening it to slavery, drawing parallels between the Roe vs. Wade decision and the Dred Scot decision that divided Americans over a century earlier. The "quality of life" argument is an argument for quality control of the population, according to Reagan. It says that some human lives are worthless and thus deserving of death; as such, it is a dark echo of the Holocaust which has now inconceivably been endowed with the quality of "mercy." Legalized abortion, Reagan makes clear, put America at the top of a very slippery slope. Not only are unborn babies being killed because they are not wanted, many are killed because of defects - someone decides that such a child would be a burden on the parents and family or the child will not be able to live a "normal" life. Such babies are dubbed useless and without value by the abortionist proponents and are thus denied the human rights our Founding Fathers promised every American.Read more ›
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joe on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this short book on Abortion (63 Pages), Ex-President Ronald Reagan gives a very moving account on how important the issue of abortion is to the conscious of a nation. He stresses the need to stand up against this evil, and hints at what will happen to our great country if we don't take this issue seriously.
The book starts off with two forwards and one introduction, all from prominent Pro-Lifers. The first forward is by Reagan's closest friend Judge Clark, who served on the California Supreme Court. Judge Clark gives an overview of how important the moral issue of abortion was to Ronald Reagan. He describes events in Reagan's younger life that may have caused him to realize the intrinsic value of each human being, and how this belief permeated throughout his actions.
Brian Johnston, a very influential Pro-Life associate of NRLC, gives the second forward. In this forward Johnston recalls what he learned about President Reagan's true understanding of his "Evil Empire" speech, from talking to his friend Judge Clark. He gives an overview of how President Reagan's main principle throughout the speech, especially when contrasting us with the evils of the communist regimes, is the sanctity of Human Life. He shows how Reagan clearly understood that the definitive standard of ALL governments is how well they protect the lives of their own innocent citizens.
The introduction is by Wanda Franz, president of NRLC. Which discusses the various accomplishments Reagan did to promote the sanctity of human life. Wanda Franz clearly shows that whether Reagan was Governor of California, or President of the USA, Ronald Reagan clearly saw the evils of abortion as a primary issue.
President Reagan's discussion (only 26 pages of the book) is last in the book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Tierney on February 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Greatest speakers and authors of history no doubt realized that to deliver a powerful presentation, one not need 3 hour sermons or 500 page books to get the job done. In just 26 pages, Former President Ronald Reagan delivers a chilling indictment of abortion.
He rightly points out the right to abortion on demand is not the will of the people, but rather the will of progressive judges, who with one swoop of a pen, overturned one thousand nine hundred and seventy two years(I write it out longer just so we see how big that is) of the Traditional Western, and especially American ethic to protect all life.
Though written when I was only a year old, as I read it today, and reflect upon it, the former Presidents words are as a chilling prophesy of just how far from morality we have gone. A man who was on the front lines battling the abortionists predicted horrible things would happen if we did not respect all humans, whether born or unborn, as human beings. We now see that today coming true, as human life is so unimportant, it is no longer sacred, but one that is desired to be created by cloning, and destroyed at will. Those of us who are for all life are greatly in debt to one of the staunchest leaders of the pro-life movement from the political arena, Ronald Reagan.
The only problem I had with this book was I read it in 20 minutes, but didn't want it to end.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ronald Reagan clearly understood the intrinsic worth of every life. This is what animated his political philosophy, it is clealy the cornerstone in the concept that government derives its power from the individual people it purports to speak for, and as both Clark and Johnston point out, it is precisely this regard for individual human lives that distinguishes a free republic from the evil empire of communism which saw human lives as mere grist for the mill of history and tools of the state.
Thank God for Ronald Reagan!
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