Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honoring the tiny nun who cared for the world's most destitute. She died in 1997, after a lifetime spent caring for hundreds of thousands of destitute and homeless poor in Kolkata, earning her the title "Saint of the Gutters.”

Though Jesus declared Teresa a saint the moment she believed on Christ, canonization is not the topic I wish to discuss. However, I would like to bring up the reason of canonization: the love of life.

Perhaps the most faithful message in decades given to a presidential administration was delivered by this “saint” of God at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on February 3rd, 1994, where both President and First Lady Clinton shared the stage.

"By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. [Abortion is] really a war against the child, and I hate the killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that the mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

Her position was that abortion is illegal. And protecting, committing, funding, or participating in the act is criminal. Period.

Now, she did not make this statement because the Constitution says it, but because God says it.

For this same reason, the founders of our Republic proclaimed the Bible was to be the chief source of law and morality in America. They understood that God’s protective laws, such as “thou shalt not murder,” were not negotiable.

The truth of my assertion can easily be seen in America’s founding documents. For example, in the Declaration of Independence, our founders were acknowledging a “self-evident truth” wherein they stated, “All men are created equal with certain unalienable rights.”  Did you catch that?  They were not “born equal,” but rather “created equal” by their Creator with certain unalienable rights - chiefly life.  And we all know every human being is created in the womb of his or her mother.

Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Rush, who was also a doctor, stated that life’s “first motion is produced by the stimulus of the male seed upon the female ovum ... No sooner is the female ovum thus set in motion, and the fetus formed, than its capacity of life is supported.”

In the Constitution, we find the framers securing and guaranteeing protection of all life in the Fifth Amendment: “No person shall be deprived of life…without due process of law.” The Fourteenth Amendment also states, “Nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” This applies to every living person, and we know abortion violates this right by killing babies before they’re born, let alone before due process.

In conclusion, please listen closely to this convicting statement made by Mother Teresa: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

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