A New Year Begins

 

By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

New Year’s Eve. We celebrate the end of one year as we anticipate the beginning of a new one. We have much to celebrate for 2014. The number of abortions has dropped dramatically, from an all time high of 1.6 million in 1990 to 1.058 million in 2011.

The elections brought about a huge change in the U.S. Congress and many state legislatures. We look for some wonderful new pro-life legislation to pass that will protect unborn babies and their mothers.

The National Teens for Life convention at the annual National Right to Life Convention had more enthusiastic participants than it had for many years. Young people are still highly motivated to make a difference in our world. What better way can they make that difference than to be a voice for the voiceless?

As we celebrate New Year’s Eve, I am reminded of two famous songs. The first, of course, is “Auld Lang Syne.” Most of us will know the first phrases, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind?” It continues “We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”

We are saying that we will not forget our family and friends. The website, www.carols.org.uk says that raising a glass, or a cup o’ kindness, means with “good will, friendship and kind regard” and in remembrance of “noble deeds.”

The pro-life movement is a family. We make friends and keep friends that we will not forget. And certainly we share a cup-o’ kindness in remembrance of the noble deeds done for others—the innocent unborn children, their mothers, and the medically vulnerable who can’t help themselves. The pro-life family remembers the needs and the deeds.

The second song that is so appropriate for this time of year is, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” which continues, “Our hope for years to come.” Not everyone in the pro-life movement would acknowledge God in their lives, but most do recognize that He has been our help and He is our hope.

We have much to do in 2015. The holidays are over; the programs, the parties, and the family gatherings are a fond memory. It’s time to look ahead to what needs to be done and then we do it.

May your 2015 be even better than this last year.