By Carol Tobias, National Right to Life President
Editor’s note. This is Mrs. Tobias’s “From the President” column for Fall 2012.
There is a very small minority in this country who think abortion should be legal anywhere, any time, for any reason, and they want our tax dollars to pay for it. Unfortunately, one of those in the small minority is our President, Barack Obama. He is, without question, the most pro-abortion president we’ve ever had.
Bill Clinton, during his time in office, at least tried to convince us that he thought abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” President Obama puts forth no such pretense. Neither as a legislator nor as president has he ever supported a single bill or amendment that would place limits on abortion at any time in pregnancy. Somehow, the innocent unborn child has become the enemy that must be sacrificed at all cost.
Obama doesn’t just give lip service to abortion advocates, he fights for them. He opposes, and threatens vetoes of, legislation that would limit abortion in any way or for any reason. He ignores the wishes of state and local governments, bypassing them to contract directly with Planned Parenthood affiliates, and as he promised Planned Parenthood during the 2008 campaign, he has made expansion of abortion a major component of his health care reform law.
President Obama has already appointed two pro-abortion members of the Supreme Court. If given another four years and more appointments, he could delay the reversal of Roe v. Wade for another generation.
In the days remaining before the election, we must do everything we can to make sure there is a change in the White House.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are solid pro-life candidates who recognize the dignity and value of each human life. They know that each unborn child is unique and deserves a chance to live and to laugh and to love.
With the election of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the right to life established in the Declaration of Independence can again be the standard for our country and the model for other nations.
I recently heard a friend say that, even though the election is November 6, the most important day for him will be November 7. He wants to wake up, the day after the election, knowing that he did absolutely everything he could to affect the outcome. He doesn’t want to have regrets, thinking and wishing that he had done more.
How about you? Regardless of the outcome, I hope and pray that none of us wakes up thinking we could have done more.
If you’ve been an active pro-lifer for a while, you know that some of our opponents can be downright mean—mean and ugly. They don’t care about the fact that an innocent baby is being killed, so why would they care if they hurt someone’s feelings? They march, and they shout, and they lie. And they’re in your face, bullying and trying to win by intimidation.
And as we come closer to that day of overturning Roe v. Wade and protecting unborn children; the battle is going to be fierce. If you think the pro-abortion extremists are rude and militant now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Pro-lifers, on the other hand, respect life, even the lives of those we disagree with. We’re nice and polite, and sometimes timid. We don’t want to offend others, we don’t want to cause arguments or fights, we don’t want to upset our friends or family or neighbors. But we have the truth. We have the facts. We need to have the courage to stand up for those whose lives are being threatened.
This is not the time to be shy or bashful—too much is riding on this election. Distribute flyers, hand out the presidential comparison pieces, make phone calls, use your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Talk to your neighbors, friends, and family members. Make sure your fellow church members know the differences between the candidates and encourage them to vote for pro-life candidates.
Edward Everett Hale stated, “I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.”
You may be one of those already doing everything you can, and for that I thank you. If not, I plead with you to take a few minutes to think about something else you could do to elect pro-life candidates. November 7 is coming. Will we wake up that day knowing that we did everything we could to win this election?
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