Pro-Life Perspective: Keeping Strong in the Face of Adversity

By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

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National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to travel the country, speaking at rallies to commemorate the fatal Roe and Doe court decisions and meeting with pro-lifers.  I was in South Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Oregon, so I can say I literally traveled coast-to-coast and places in-between.  The turn-out at pro-life events all around the country was amazing.  Pro-lifers proclaimed “We are not going away.  We will not give up.”

Although each area of the country has its strengths and its differences, pro-lifers in each area also have one thing in common– they are determined, dependable, and tireless.

Pro-lifers are, hands down, the best people in the world.  What other movement gives so endlessly of their time, talent, and resources to help people they will never meet?

Everything is done with a goal to better our society in ways that will help others.

We work to better inform our friends and neighbors, our community and our states about the precious gift of human life; that each and every human life has value, and is deserving of dignity and respect.

We work with young people to help them understand that ALL human beings, no matter how small or how perfect or imperfect, have the right to live.

Pro-lifers work with pregnant women who aren’t looking with excitement and joy at the new life growing inside them.  We offer support, encouragement, and practical help as she works through a difficult situation.

We work with legislators to pass legislation that will protect unborn children to the extent possibly allowed under current Supreme Court rulings.  We work with them to save those vulnerable to death by the withholding of medical care, and even the withholding of food and water.  We oppose the rationing of life-saving medical care.

We will continue to work in the political arena to elect candidates who will work with us to protect innocent human life.

In many ways, the deck is stacked against us.  We have a president who supports abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and wants our tax dollars to pay for it.  Polling companies would try to convince us that most Americans support most abortions and many of our opponents profit off the killing of unborn children.

We have a media which continually try to paint us as uncaring and anti-women.  If this weren’t such a serious subject, much of the coverage of rallies across the country would be laughable.  Many outlets reported that “thousands” participated in the national March for Life.  Although that is technically correct, hundreds of thousands is more accurate.

While we have our obstacles, we have our reasons for optimism and encouragement.  There is no question that pro-life young people are serious, energized, and committed to changing Roe.  Often heard at gatherings of young people is, “We survived Roe.  Roe will not survive us.”  Those who have been working in the pro-life movement for 20, 30, or 40 years can be assured that their labors are not in vain.  The battle will continue as new troops move in.

We also know that we will be reinforced by continuing developments in science and technology.  Technology has shown us that the unborn baby’s heart begins to beat at 22 days and that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation.  Ultrasound technology has developed so that we can see the beautiful baby waving and smiling as she moves around in her warm, temporary, home.  We don’t have to worry that, as technology progresses, we will find out the mother is carrying a plant or inanimate object.

Pro-lifers have come together at rallies and marches in the past several weeks to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe and Doe, but now the energy of those rallies must morph into on-going pro-life activities.  My prayer is that everyone who attended a rally or event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe and Doe would carry that commitment home with them, putting that renewed, or new-found, energy into action.  Let us continue to show that the right-to-life movement loves, not in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.