Editor’s note. This appeared in the November digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to read and share the entire contents of the latest issue of the “pro-life newspaper of record.”
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Last year Carol Tobias, NRLC’s president, wrote a wonderful column–“Bountiful Blessings on Thanksgiving”–that I would like to use as a jumping off point for this editorial. In her thoughtful remarks, Carol listed some of the primary reasons she was thankful as well as the principal reasons all pro-lifers should be filled with hope and encouragement. Those reasons are as strong today as they were a year ago.
Speaking for myself, the reason I am most thankful and which inspires the greatest hope are the people of our Movement. I do not travel as much as I used to, so the most prevalent way I communicate with grassroots pro-lifers is at NRLC’s annual convention (which next year will be in Kansas June 28-30) and through the email responses to the monthly NRL News and to the Monday through Saturday NRL News Today.
Through those one-on-one in-person conversations and the electronic back-and-forths, I see people genuinely inspired by life, grateful for life, and resolute in bringing to pass their vision for an America that will one day be abortion-free.
Something I’ve thought about a lot recently. You might argue that nothing better illustrates the contrasting worldviews that animate pro-lifers and pro-abortionists than how they react to natural disasters and the massive harm done to people.
Jay Hobbs wrote about the utter devastation Hurricane Mari wrought in Puerto Rico. Jay told us about Joseph Pardo who runs the woman-helping center Cree Women’s Center along with his wife, Daisy, and all that they had done to “meet humanitarian needs that include access to food, clean water, safe shelter, hygiene resources and clothing through Cree Women Center’s parent organization ‘Love the Nation.’”
The same sort of assistance characterized women-helping groups in Texas who were there to help people rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
What was the Abortion Industry’s response in Texas? We knew they were busy doing harm but it wasn’t until last week that we learned just how extensive. “Whole Woman’s Health’s ‘Stigma Relief Fund’ had covered the total cost” of 85 abortions–“which would have been around $50,620,” according to Jackie Wang of the Dallas News.
Whole Woman’s Health was the successful plaintiff in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court decision that struck down efforts to compel abortion clinics to meet minimal safety thresholds. You will know them by their deeds.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, touted the fundraising her abortion clinic had done and for its collaborative efforts with the Lilith Fund and other abortion groups to make sure no unborn baby lived who otherwise would have died.
Hurricane Harvey caused untold millions in damage and was responsible for 82 deaths.
But Whole Woman’s Health did them three better: 85 dead babies.
In the face of a natural disaster, the pro-life community rallies on behalf of life. In the same situation, the pro-abortion community congratulates itself that not even a hurricane can save unborn babies from their clutches.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night [nor hurricanes] stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”–killing as many unborn babies as possible.
The contrast could not be more stark. Pro-lifers demonstrate the very best qualities, the kind that uplift and elevate the human spirit.
I am proud to be associated with you.
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