“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
ICYMI- Tens of thousands marched on Washington D.C. today. Men, women, and children marched with hope and purpose from the Washington Monument to the steps of the Supreme Court. Their actions loudly proclaim that every life has value, no matter how small. You probably heard far more about the Woman’s March last Saturday, because the mainstream media simply doesn’t want to cover the story of these courageous pro-life Americans. The media largely chooses to ignore the March for Life even though it is the largest annual civic demonstration worldwide!
Last Sunday, January 22nd marked the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court Decision that invented a right to abortion on demand. Sadly, more than 60 million babies have been aborted since 1973 when the decision was passed. The womb has become one of the most dangerous places on earth. Each year, more than one million innocent babes are denied the right to grow up and change the world.
Every year since 1973, advocates of life have marched to protect the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. When Thomas Jefferson penned the famous words that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence, he implied that we all have a Creator doing the creating. This Creator endowed us with an equal natural right to life, the right to live out our God-given purpose. Unborn children deserve the chance to live out their potential too.
But then there are so many who disagree. They claim to be champions of women’s health and a woman’s right to control her body, yet their message is deceptive and manipulative of pregnant mothers. They deny rights to the unborn and ignore the humanity of the baby. Pro-choice advocates try to tell women that they can’t achieve their dreams and keep their baby. For some reason, the baby becomes the bad guy.
In many cases the pro-choice advocates don’t offer a choice at all. First of all, 84% of women who choose abortion say they felt they had no other choice. They probably felt trapped and alone. Although many on the left respond that Planned Parenthood is committed to providing care for women facing a difficult decision, the care that they provide amounts to merely “termination options.” That’s it! Live Action recently called 97 clinics, and only 5 of them offered prenatal care services. Virtually no Planned Parenthood clinic offers prenatal care. It’s clear that the only choice the multi-billion dollar industry supports is getting rid of the baby.
But it get’s worse because the science behind abortion has become politicized. Today, many criticize laws that require a sonogram or ultrasound before an abortion. Critics decry this magnificent technology as a tool of the oppressive patriarchy. Moira Weigel, a contributor to the Atlantic, claims “Ultrasound made it possible for the male doctor to evaluate the fetus without female interference.” Weigel ignores the fact that sonograms are tools used by women and men. In the case of pregnancy, ultrasound imaging simply provides a clear picture of the life growing inside a mother’s womb. It shows the humanity of the baby inside. Regardless of whether anyone sees it or not, the “clump of cells or unborn fetus is undeniably human. In a response to the Atlantic, Alexandra DeSanctis reminds us, “We all know it.” Ultrasound reinforces this fact for everyone in the room, so to protect themselves, the abortion industry must deny this brilliant technology’s credibility. But they know it, they just pretend otherwise.
Defenders of abortion seem to have willfully forgotten what Dr. Suess wrote, “a person’s a person no matter how small.”
But the beautiful thing about 2017 is that there is hope! This past year we have seen the lowest rate of abortions performed since 1973. A new administration has also taken an aggressive stance to protect life. This week, Donald Trump has also signed an executive order defunding international abortion aide. The House also passed a bill on Tuesday night to prevent your tax-dollars from funding abortions, thus renewing the Hyde Amendment forever. Vice President Pence also spoke boldly at the March for Life rally today, as the highest-ranking official ever to address the marchers.
How can we respond to the March for Life? We must investigate the truth of the abortion industry. We must all learn about the truth and share the truth. Don’t just listen to activists; read the reports of journalists and investigators. Check out the book and upcoming movie about the true story of Gosnell. While most of us don’t know what a “good abortion” is like, courageous journalists have exposed the brutality of abortion for what it is. They also cannot deny the beauty, innocence and humanity of the babies who are victims of abortion.
The theme of this year’s march is the “Power of One.” Because it only takes one person to make a difference: one mother who chooses life, one doctor who leaves the abortion clinic, one father who steps up, one person who speaks up for the unborn. That person could be you. Are you part of the pro-life generation?