Keyes: Abortion more than ‘just one
Senate candidate visits UIS on campaign trail
National security, taxation and the
“collapse” of the family structure are all examples of issues that
Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Alan Keyes speaks about regularly
while on the campaign trail, but the issue that separates him from
his opponent, Democratic state Sen. Barack Obama, most of all is
In a speech held following his Oct.
12 debate with Obama, Keyes said that the abortion issue separates
him from his opponent by a “deep abyss.” The College Republicans and
the Society of Conservative Students co-sponsored the speech, which
was held in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room.
According to Keyes, a two-time
presidential candidate and former U.S. ambassador to the United
Nations Social and Economic Council, Illinois voters will face a
choice on Nov. 2 that is both fundamental and critical largely
because of the abortion issue.
“Everybody says, ‘That’s just one
issue,’” Keyes said. “That’s nonsense. It’s just like saying …
slavery was just one issue, or civil rights was just one issue, or
something like that. … If we do not respect the truth that all men
are created equal and endowed by their creator – not by human choice
– with their inalienable rights, then every other aspect of our way
of life will fall to pieces.”
Abortion, according to Keyes, is justified by
supporters of abortion rights in much the same way that slavery was
justified – through the use of a developmental argument. Proponents
of slavery in 19th century America sought to prove that
the black slaves belonged to an inferior race that had not achieved
full humanity, he said.
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