WASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - As movie-goers flock to see Lincoln, a pro-life ministry hopes to use his precedent to set unborn children free.
Priests for Life, States of Refuge, and other pro-life ministries are asking Americans to sign the Emancipation Proclamation for the Preborn Child.
“The second Emancipation Proclamation is not to end slavery but to end child-killing,” Pastor Rusty Thomas, Assistant Director of Operation Save America, told LifeSiteNews.com.
The document declares “that all children, from conception forward, are human beings. They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Thomas said, “We’re going to put all those signatures on a scroll on January 1, 2013” – the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing the Emancipation Proclamation.
In the month of January – which also marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision – organizers will unfurl the signatures down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“We have to remember that, because we violated liberty, it cost our nation a great Civil War where 650,000 people died to atone for that violation,” Thomas told LifeSiteNews. “God only knows what will happen to our future when God calls us to account for shedding the innocent blood of more than 54 million children made in His image.”
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Thomas said he hoped the new declaration would become a turning point in America’s debate over abortion, as other citizen-initiated documents have been in the past.
“During these moments of our history, there were these documents that came along that brave men and women signed,” which “changed the course of our history.”
The preborn “need to be welcomed in life and protected in law,” he said.