Editor’s note. This editorial appears on page 2 of the August issue of National Right to Life News. The entire 32-page edition can be read at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsAugust2014.pdf.
As unbelievable as it might seem, there are only 83 days until the mid-term elections. Several articles in the August edition of National Right to Life News directly address this hugely important choice for America, and almost all our stories do so, at least indirectly.
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At a time when over 1 million unborn babies are still lost each year in the United States, there is never any shortage of grim news. The utter cruelty on display in so many recent instances of children abandoned at birth or boyfriends killing infants gives us even more testimony (as if we needed more) that Roe v. Wade opened a Pandora’s box of violence.
Fr. James Tunstead Burtchaell wrote this in his book, “Rachel Weeping”
”The Supreme Court in 1973 had drawn a great line at the moment of birth after which one comes into the fullness of personal rights and before which none are recognized. Clearly, neither the facts of abortion nor the dispositions of those resorting to it found birth to be so agreeable a moral boundary during the trials [of abortionists after two babies survived abortions] in l975 and 1978 as when they had argued for it in l973. Later they preferred to envision it as somewhat like a state border, in which the officer of one jurisdiction may disregard if he is following a fugitive in hot pursuit.”
And, always, the Abortion Establishment is sent into a frenzy at the very slight, let alone passage, of laws that give women information about the nature of their unborn child (and their alternatives) and require abortion clinics to take precautions to lessen the likelihood that there will be a second victim. (See, for example, pages 14 and 20.)
However this edition of the “pro-life newspaper of record” is filled with stories that remind us that in many subtle ways, the tide has already shifted on abortion. By subtle I mean developments that at first glance seem to have absolutely nothing directly to do with abortion but whose impact is to remove the camouflage that hides the common humanity we share with the littlest Americans.
For example, take “Unborn children have already pretty much done everything that a newborn baby does, leading expert tells The Today Show,” on page four. There always was a built-in expiration date for the moronic “blob of tissue” mantra: too many ultrasounds, too many life-affirming commercials, too many “baby’s first photo,” too many research studies for this dehumanizing nonsense to last forever.
But when someone like The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie (who is very pregnant), can talk about “The Secret Life of Babies: New Research about what’s learned inside the womb” (aka “Hotel Uterus), you realize what a challenge this present to the pro-abortionist determined to “normalize” abortion. (See pages 12 & 23.)
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Here’s what Dr. Bill Fifer, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and described as a leading expert on fetal and newborn learning, told Guthrie: “Everything that a newborn baby does, a fetus has pretty much done already.”
And then there is surgery done, in utero and on newborn babies. The case of little Alexandra Mae Van Kirk, like many, brings the issues together. (See page five.)
Her parents were told there was only a 35% chance she would make it to birth. Often in similar cases, physicians directly or indirectly advise the parents to abort.
In Alexandra’s case, she survived but had ancillary problems which made it crucial that surgery be done quickly to repair her narrowed artery. She is doing beautifully.
In light of this myth-busting information, and much more, NRL News Today readers know the Abortion Industry and its apologists are scrounging around for a new formulation. In explaining why they are no longer hoisting high the “pro-choice” banner, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards conceded to the New York Times, “I just think the ‘pro-choice’ language doesn’t really resonate, particularly with a lot of young women voters.”
Of course, but that misses that this cliché isn’t “resonating” with young people as a whole—female or male. Which is why the stories on pages 8 and 9 are so worth your reading.
National Right to Life’s Academy and its Intern program illustrate the investment NRLC has made in young people for decades. Young men and women come away with new skills, specialized knowledge, and an incomparable experience that prepares them to be far more effective advocates for life.
Couple that with the Life and Leadership Camp initiatives, which are cropping in states across the country, and it’s easy to see how our Movement is establishing a firm foundation for the future.
And there is rich crop to be harvested. A 2010 Gallup poll found that, comparing the data between 2007 and 2010, “[A]ll age groups have become more attached to the pro-life label since 2005, with particularly large increases among young adults…” A 2012 Gallup poll found a 7% decrease among 18-34 year olds identifying with the “pro-choice” position from the periods of 2001–08 to 2009–12.
One other thought. As we reach out with our message of love for mother and child, keep in mind a distinction once made by the late historian Daniel Boorstin, between illiteracy and alliteracy which we can apply to the abortion issue.
A certain percentage of people looking at abortion simply lack the emotional, intellectual, or moral skills to “read” brutality and violence. They are, if you will, the illiterates.
Others are like Boorstin’s alliterates who (in his example) could read the instructions on the medicine bottle but deliberately chose not to. Such people have the equipment to see abortion’s monstrous face but have consciously made the decision not to.
There is, perhaps, little we can do for the latter group, although we never, ever give up on anyone. But the former—they simply need to be educated. (For ideas on how to do just that, please see the story that begins on page two.)
I hope you take the time to read the entire August issue of NRL News. Take particular note of the stories on page 15 and 22 where we explore the crucial issue of how to talk to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy, particularly what men who are trying to stand by both the mother of their unborn child and the child herself can do.
And then forward the stories you particularly like (or the entire edition) to pro-life contacts, using your social networks. When you do, they benefit, the readership of NRL News Today expands, and, most important, the cause of unborn children is strengthened.