By Jean Garton
Editor’s note. This appears in the newest digital edition of National Right to Life News. You can read the entire issue at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsDec2015.pdf.
Christmas is in the air … and in shop windows … and in hotel lobbies. Wreathes decorate doors, Santa posters are everywhere, life size wooden reindeer grace front yards filled with cotton snow, and familiar Christmas hymns play in shops and restaurants.
That probably sounds like the same old, same old, that we see in American neighborhoods every year … except it isn’t.
All of this is happening in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, a Communist and Buddhist country. Such decorations began to appear only four or five years ago, and they grow bigger and better each holiday season.
Of course, there is something missing from the decorations: there are no mangers, no creches, no Baby. The Birthday Boy is not part of the celebration.
As I have observed here first hand (and in the U.S.) the growing acceptance of Christmas without the Christ Child, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the acceptance of abortion in the U.S. In the nearly 43 year discussion about abortion, too often the human being with the most at stake – the innocent, defenseless baby – is left out of the picture.
Unborn babies are missing in slogans, such as the one that says, “Black Lives Matter.” The truth is, to the abortion industry, “Only Some Black Lives Matter.” The Black population is targeted by the abortion movement so that, for instance, in New York City more black babies are aborted than are born. Countrywide the percentage of abortions in the Black Community far outweighs the percentage of Blacks in the general population.
Unborn babies are missing in ads, such as the one that played worldwide at the time of the Conference on Climate Change that says: “The most important number you’ve never heard about is – 2 degrees.” (That is the aim of some for reducing the planet’s temperature by “2 degrees.”) The most important number most Americans have never heard about is that the population of the U.S. has been reduced by the abortion of more than 57 million unborn children since abortion was made legal in all 50 States in 1973.
Unborn babies are missing in common sense appeals to Americans that say, “If you see something, say something.” That is a wise reminder after the current terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino. However, if pro-lifers “say something” about the humanity of the unborn child, they are accused of racism, sexism, and, of denying women their constitutional right.
Unborn babies are missing in rhetoric, such as the so-called “War on Women.” It claims that any pro-life attempt to protect unborn children places an “undue burden” on women’s freedom and women’s choice. Yet, increasingly sex-selection abortions are performed with females chosen for destruction more often than are males.
Despite all of this, the Pro-Life movement has, indeed, “moved mountains.”
* The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tell us that the number of abortions are continuing to drop–by 4.2% in 2012.
* The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major abortion case — Whole Women’s Health v. Cole.
* The abortion rate has halved since 1974 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
* Pro-life legislators in the Congress have become more vocal and active in seeking change relating to abortions.
* Individual states have enacted over 200 regulations in the past four years alone which protect the well-being of women and recognize the ability of unborn children to experience pain.
* A large number of Republican presidential candidates are well-informed and outspoken on the life issues.
* Even our well-financed opposition concedes that younger Americans are more pro-life than ever before.
After nearly 43 years of legalized abortion, while the numbers have changed, the victims have changed, the procedures have changed, so, too, have millions of minds been changed by the work, witness and education of pro-life citizens in every state of the Union.
The evidence is in: Truth is always greater than the illusion of truth.
Editor’s note. Jean Garton is author of the pro-life classic, Who Broke the Baby?