Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 39

President Reagan and Bob Hope laughing with George Shultz at the Kennedy Center Honors. Washington, DC 12/8/85.

Reagan’s Surgeon General C. Everett Koop talks about “baby doe.” Discussing film series “Whatever happened to the human race?”

You will notice in this above clip by C. Everett Koop that Ronald Reagan, Koop and Malcolm Muggeridge all wrote a book together called”Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation, (1983).” It sold millions of copies and I have been quoting from the first chapter of that book in these posts from the  Human Life Review.

I got to see Bob Hope get a performance in Memphis with my grandfather (Everette Hatcher Sr., 1903-1988) and we had a great time. You will notice Bob Hope above in the picture above.

I am going to post portions of this article by Ronald Reagan the next few days.

June 10, 2004, 10:30 a.m.
Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation
Ronald Reagan’s pro-life tract.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While president, Ronald Reagan penned this article for The Human Life Review, unsolicited. It ran in the Review‘s Spring 1983, issue and is reprinted here with permission.

Malcolm Muggeridge: “Either life is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account.”

I know that when the true issue of infanticide is placed before the American people, with all the facts openly aired, we will have no trouble deciding that a mentally or physically handicapped baby has the same intrinsic worth and right to life as the rest of us. As the New Jersey Supreme Court said two decades ago, in a decision upholding the sanctity of human life, “a child need not be perfect to have a worthwhile life.”

Whether we are talking about pain suffered by unborn children, or about late-term abortions, or about infanticide, we inevitably focus on the humanity of the unborn child. Each of these issues is a potential rallying point for the sanctity of life ethic. Once we as a nation rally around any one of these issues to affirm the sanctity of life, we will see the importance of affirming this principle across the board.

Malcolm Muggeridge, the English writer, goes right to the heart of the matter: “Either life is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account; it is inconceivable that it should be in some cases the one, and in some the other.” The sanctity of innocent human life is a principle that Congress should proclaim at every opportunity.

1980 interview with Milton Friedman by Phil Donahue (part 2). Friedman greatly influenced me and as a result was a very involved in 1980 campaigning for Reagan.


Little known presidential details:

  1. Jimmy Carter is the only president to have been commander of both a nuclear submarine and a peanut farm.b
  2. William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, and James Madison are on the $500, $1000, and $5000 bill, respectively. The bills are still used as legal tender but are no longer being printed.b
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