By Carol Tobias, NRLC President
Over the course of 40 years, the pro-life movement has had its share of ups and downs. We usually take a few steps forward, then because of circumstances beyond our control, we take a step or two backwards. The election last Tuesday was one of those unfortunate steps backwards.
Going into November 6, we had a pro-abortion president, a pro-abortion majority in the U.S. Senate, and a pro-life majority in the U.S. House. That hasn’t changed, but our hopes of repealing Obamacare soon and maybe replacing a pro-abortion justice on the Supreme Court in the near term have been dashed. Those victories will take a little longer to achieve.
However, pro-life people are wonderfully resilient and faithful. After taking a few deep breaths Wednesday and Thursday, maybe sitting back with a cup of coffee or hot tea and taking stock of where we are, pro-lifers who were dispirited by the election will come back stronger than ever.
I have received emails from people all over the country telling me they will not give up– they are disappointed but they will fight on.
Sandy wrote, “God bless you, NRLC. We are SO VERY grateful you are there. Yes, absolutely, we will never, ever give up.”
Camille wrote, “This election shows that we must continue to win over the minds and hearts of the people of our country. I think it comes down to the trenches—we need to win others over—one by one.”
Bryan emailed, “We’ll pick ourselves up and get back to the work of defending life even in this hostile environment.”
And Joyce asked, “How can I help?”
NRLC will be seeking to expand our programs, but I assure you, we will also continue to work on the basics.
We will continue to distribute information on the physical development of the unborn child and we will tell people about the consequences and complications of abortion.
We will continue to encourage pregnancy centers that provide support and services to women who find themselves facing a surprise pregnancy.
We will continue to identify pro-lifers in our communities, encouraging them to get involved and to work with us to change hearts and minds.
We will continue to work with our young people, making sure they know that each and every human life has value and must be protected.
We will continue to work with state legislators to pass legislation to protect both pregnant mothers and their unborn children.
We will continue to reach out to minority communities to reinforce their cultural belief in the sanctity of human life– the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly.
And when the next election comes around, we will work to convince even more Americans that protecting unborn children must be a priority when determining who to vote for.
As part of his second inaugural address, President Abraham Lincoln stated, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in…” We won’t fall back. We won’t give up. We will move forward with the task set before us.