This is our first task: caring for our children. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how as a society, we will be judged; and by that measure, can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?
I've been reflecting on this the past few days, and if we're honest with ourselves, the answer is no.
These tragedies must end. We will be told the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. But that can't be an excuse for inaction. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, surely we have an obligation to try.
Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?
"A Nation Rises - March for Life" by Blackstone Films
The White House Office of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release January 22, 2012
Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary
As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue- no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/22/statement-president-roe-v-wade-anniversary