|Harriet Beecher Stowe (1853)|
In light of the horrific Planned Parenthood videos, consider the concluding remarks of Harriet Beecher Stowe in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), a novel which vividly depicted the cruelties of slavery and galvanized the American abolition movement:
It is said, “Very likely such cases [of extreme brutality] may now and then occur, but they are no sample of general practice.” If the laws of New England were so arranged that a master could now and then torture an apprentice to death, without a possibility of being brought to justice, would it be received with equal composure? Would it be said, “These cases are rare, and no samples of general practice?”
But, what can any individual do? Of that every individual can judge. There is one thing that every individual can do, – they can see to it that they feel right. An atmosphere of sympathetic influence encircles every human being; and the man or woman who feels strongly, healthily and justly, on the great interests of humanity , is a constant benefactor to the human race. See, then, to your sympathies in this matter! Are they in harmony with the sympathies of Christ? or are they swayed and perverted by the sophistries of world policy?