Pro-lifers and the “inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny”

By Dave Andrusko

I suspect I’m not the only one who receives a passel of daily messages on every category from soup to nuts. One that I inadvertently signed up for (but am glad I did) is a website that sends out a daily inspirational quote. They are worth reading because they not trite but true.

Here’s today’s from the late James Faust who was a very high ranking official in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I mention the quote because…well, you’ll see in a second.

A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.

What’s that got to do specifically with pro-lifers? Consider…

I had trouble sleeping last night and got to work very early. After a brief snooze, I jumped into my daily routine a bit blurry eyed but none the worse for wear.

It occurred to me, as it often does, to ask myself why was I the one blessed to become editor of National Right to Life News and later fortunate enough to add National Right to Life News Today? There are many, many talented people who could do the jobs equally well, if not far better. (I just learned today that one of them is retiring, which may have been the subliminal inspiration for this post.)

More importantly—far more importantly—is that each one of us who puts a shoulder to the wheel is contributing to the eventual overturn of Roe v. Wade. That decision, rightly, is often talked about in tandem with the utterly disastrous 1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court decision.

Both were ruinous 7-2 decisions which struck at the heart of the American Experiment. When Roe goes the way of Dred Scott—and it will—that accomplishment will reflect your unfailing determination and faithfulness.

To be a part, however small, of that historic campaign for justice ought to inspire in us a spirit of gratitude. What an incredible privilege! Thank you. Thank you.

Moreover, as Mr. Faust keenly observed, that gratitude is an expression of humility. We would never be so foolish as to think that Roe will be toppled because of our strength alone, or even primarily.

It will go the way of Dred Scott because we will assist the Supreme Court to see how badly it went astray in 1973. In that context, I am reminded of the turn of the 20th century Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo who once observed, “Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advances.”

Roe will fall also because we have awakened the hearts of the American people by appealing to the better angels of their nature. We will prompt them to understand that we are in this together, even if they do not grasp that now.

We will remind them of what the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. described as the “inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The decimation of helpless babies inevitably coarsens the larger culture and paves the way for further advances by the Culture of Death–euthanasia and assisted suicide.

How could it not?

With the death of each and every unborn child, the store of human kindness, always in short supply, dwindles. It is up to you and me and millions of others of good will to replenish the storehouse of kindness.

And in so doing, we will not only be saving the defenseless and rescuing the culture, we will also become better women and men because we are doing what I am firmly convinced is God’s work.