By Carol Tobias, President
Editor’s note. This President’s column appears on page 3 of the June digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to read the entire 41-page issue and share it via your social media outlets. Thank you!
The convention theme for the upcoming annual NRLC convention in Milwaukee is “Keeping Tomorrow Alive.” That theme demonstrates the Right-to-Life movement’s excitement and optimism about the future. We expect great things from this, our 47th annual convention, and even greater achievements when we all return home to put into action what we have learned.
“Keeping Tomorrow Alive” is a two-fold theme. It’s about bringing more and more people into the pro-life movement, working beside us in our long-term goals and endeavors. But it’s also about an idea, a dream that human life is to be valued and cherished and respected. Life is to be lived!
Throughout history, there has always been death and destruction. There has always been the leader or the government who didn’t care about people, or who placed one group of people above others. Our objective is to make the death of innocent human beings unthinkable. We keep tomorrow alive by establishing a standard that all human life is special.
Certainly, we face some challenges. We live in a society that increasingly believes children who may have disabilities would be better off never being born. In Iceland, they brag that they have eradicated Down syndrome. They have not eradicated Down Syndrome; they have pushed abortion so hard that they have eradicated people with Down syndrome. Holland, Denmark, and Great Britain are not far behind. Their government-run health care systems have decided that strongly encouraging parents to abort is much cheaper on the system.
At a different stage in life, there is increasing pressure on people with disabilities to opt for assisted suicide. Some insurance companies and a state-run health plan in Oregon have offered to pay for assisted suicide for patients, rather than life-sustaining treatments. Legislatures are continuously pushed to legalize assisted suicide because our society can’t imagine why anyone would want to live with an illness or disability.
With all this, why are pro-lifers eternally optimistic that we will win and, indeed, are winning? For starters, we are overjoyed that more and more people are getting involved in the fight against abortion and euthanasia. Organizations that advocate for persons with disabilities are becoming even more vocal and more active in their opposition to assisted suicide. They know they are, for now, the primary targets.
We also are uplifted by a Right-to-Life movement that has been existence for about 50 years and is continuing to grow. Many of our state affiliates were organizing long before the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton were handed down. Some of those early pioneers are no longer with us, having gone on to eternal life. Fortunately, many of those early women and men are still with us, laboring in the fields with the many, many more that have joined the fight.
Although those who created the Right-to-Life movement were hopeful that there would be a quick end to abortion, their efforts helped keep tomorrow alive by continuing the struggle and bringing new recruits into this battle for Life.
“Keeping Tomorrow Alive” is now up to us. How? By changing hearts and minds, by educating newcomers and bringing them into the movement; by educating our young people so that they have the arguments to bolster their pro-life convictions, and by helping women who have aborted a son or daughter to realize that they are welcomed and encouraged to join our ranks in the fight to protect innocent human life.
We keep tomorrow alive by making our voices heard in the voting booth as we elect more pro-life candidates each election cycle, seeing pro-life legislation passed and pro-life policies enacted, at both federal and state levels.
One great example is the new Mexico City Policy. When President Trump issued a Memorandum in January, he did more than reinstate the Mexico City Policy, he also broadened it and renamed it the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy. The revisions include more programs and agencies than previously covered. This new policy declared that the United States is raising the banner for LIFE throughout the world.
Life is winning as we see more and more young people getting involved. I’m excited to again have the National Teens for Life convention running concurrently with the NRL convention. This will be the 32nd convention for young people eager to learn and to meet other young people from around the country. Their enthusiasm, new ideas, and boldness will have an impact on generations to come.
And again this summer, NRLC will conduct the college-accredited National Right to Life Academy, now in its 11th year for college students from around the country
The energy, enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication of every pro-lifer will bring us much closer to that inevitable day when abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and the devaluing of innocent human life are thrown onto the ash heap of history.
We will keep tomorrow alive—both in the day-to-day battle and the long-run ideal.