By Carol Tobias, President
Over the years, I would occasionally insert something like this into my speeches: “As we come closer to that day of overturning Roe v Wade and protecting unborn children, the battle is going to be fierce. If you think pro-abortion extremists are rude and militant now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
We’re getting a glimpse of what could and, likely will, come. We have heard about exhibits being destroyed or stolen on college campuses and elsewhere. But now the attacks are increasingly on people, not property.
Last year, two physical attacks on pro-lifers in Canada garnered attention in pro-life outlets. Jordan Hunt, a hairstylist in Toronto, delivered a roundhouse kick on an unsuspecting woman at a Life Chain rally in Toronto. The following day, Gabriela Skwarko, a college student, physically attacked two other students holding pro-life signs.
Nearer to home, Jillian Ward, a student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, flew off the handle and started punching a pro-lifer who was displaying pictures of aborted babies.
Now, we have Brian Sims, a pro-abortion Democratic state Representative in Pennsylvania, who videotaped his verbal assault on an elderly woman praying outside of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood facility. The lout proudly posted his 8-minute frenzied rant online.
We soon learned that Sims had previously videotaped and posted his harangue of three teenage girls, accompanied by the mother of two of them, who were praying outside the same facility. He brazenly stated that he would give $100 to Planned Parenthood if someone would identify the young girls. In the same video, he approached a young man and asked for his name and address.
Is Sims a zealot, a bully, both, or worse? Unfortunately, I think he is representative of what can and will happen as pro-aborts become more afraid that someday they may no longer be able to kill little babies. Here are more examples.
Take pro-abortion Democratic State Rep. John Rogers of Alabama, angry over the impending passage of a pro-life bill. Rogers angrily stated, on the floor of the House chamber, “You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then you send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or you kill them later.” Adding insult to injury, Rogers said, “Some parents can’t handle a child with problems,” and “It [!] could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
When Donald Trump, Jr., criticized Rogers for those comments, Rogers responded in a radio interview that Trump, Jr, is “evidently retarded” and that his mother should have aborted him. Classy guy.
The New York legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo with its “Reproductive Health Act” helped to open the eyes of many as to the true goal of the abortion industry. Abortion for all nine months of abortion, with no limits, not even a requirement to protect the innocent child who miraculously survives an abortion.
Our opponents will fight to keep the “right” to abortion. But we are ready to stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
We just celebrated Mother’s Day, an acknowledgement of the importance of the love mothers have for their children, born and unborn. Likewise, the pro-life movement, whose leadership is overwhelmingly female, is a movement of love. We love and want to protect unborn children. We love and want to help their mothers.
That love naturally extends to the women who deeply regret their abortion and part of our mission of reconciliation is to help them by proving forgiveness, acceptance, and healing.
It is a blessing to be a part of this great movement for social justice.