At FRC Blog, a review of the film Lincoln offers also a review of Lincoln himself and suggests that he was pro-life.
President Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment. There is no provision in the Constitution for a president to sign an amendment. So why did he?
Those on the right today who try to argue that Lincoln didn’t really care about slavery all that much will have to answer this question: Why therefore did he feel compelled to sign that instrument? Too bad the movie didn’t show Lincoln signing the amendment.
How can I maintain that this is a pro-life Lincoln? He speaks of the sacrifice of his day as necessary “for millions yet unborn.” We know Lincoln thought the Civil War was being fought “for a vast future.” We know he looked to an America in the 1930s that would have 130 million people—and he welcomed that quadrupling of our population.
Would he have disapproved of abortion? We cannot say. He certainly did approve of women’s suffrage and said so. But he might well have been like Susan B. Anthony and the other early Suffragists who were for women’s rights and strongly pro-life.
Liberals today embrace Lincoln. Good for them. Let us rally around Lincoln. Lincoln said “nothing stamped in the divine image was sent into the world to be trod upon.” Are not unborn children so stamped?
I could not agree more. Those on the right who like to bash Abraham Lincoln are missing the big picture.