By Carol Tobias, NRLC President
Editor’s note. This appears on page three of the November digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please read the issue in its entirety and share it your pro-life family and friends.
I have long considered the pro-life movement to be, before all else, the Movement of Love. We labor to save people we will never meet, and we seek to help and protect others simply because they exist. Whether those persons are unborn babies saved from abortion, or elderly and disabled persons safeguarded from euthanasia or assisted suicide, they likely will never know that our many and varied efforts to protect life made it possible for them to live. That is a beautiful expression of love.
Everything we do, we do because of, and with, love. We work to better inform our friends and neighbors, our community and our states about the precious gift of human life. The lesson is as simple as it is fundamental; that each and every human life has inherent, intrinsic value and is deserving of dignity and respect.
We work to pass pro-life legislation to protect unborn children and their mothers.
We work to elect men and women to office who will work with us to protect the innocent and vulnerable.
We work with pregnant women who aren’t looking with excitement and joy at the new life growing inside them. This child is coming at an inopportune time in her life. We offer support, encouragement, and practical help as she works through the situation to find a life-affirming solution.
Our love is also endless; we will never give up. We sometimes have setbacks, but we keep on keeping on because love doesn’t give up, it doesn’t end.
We are also a movement of Hope.
The pro-life movement offers hope to women who are considering abortion. They will find support and encouragement as they journey through a difficult time in their lives. As one pregnancy center near my home advertises, “You’ve got this.”
Creative thinking that offers hope inspired the development of the abortion pill reversal process which the Abortion Industry hates with a passion. If a woman has begun the two-drug chemical abortion process by taking the first set of pills but then changes her mind and acts quickly enough, she may well be able to reverse the chemical abortion process and save her baby.
As many as 68% of women who change their mind and use the pill reversal process are able to deliver beautiful babies, amazing miracles of creation. Over 900 babies have already been saved.
We open our hearts and our arms to women who have had an abortion. As a woman deals with the after-effects of abortion, she will find love and hope in the pro-life movement. Many women have been able to release their sorrow, anger, and regret through healing programs offered by pro-life people of love.
What do abortion advocates offer? What is their solution for a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy? A dead baby. The discouraging (and dishonest) message they give to a woman is that she can succeed only by killing her unborn child.
We offer hope to those with disabilities who are told they would be “better off dead.” Or, as the disability rights community constantly reminds us, they are told they are a drain on resources and that society would be better off if they didn’t exist. We advance the truth that all human beings, regardless of capacity or disability, are valued members of the human family.
We provide hope to pro-lifers around the world. They see us still fighting to protect innocent unborn children and their mothers after almost 50 years of legalized abortion. They see us winning elections with leaders who tell the world that civilized societies do not kill innocent unborn babies.
National Right to Life is honored when pro-life leaders from around the world come to our annual convention, wanting to find out what we do and how we do it; how we keep Life as a top priority in America.
Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, once stated, “Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.”
Everything you do to protect innocent preborn babies and those vulnerable to assisted suicide and euthanasia encourages, uplifts, and motivates lovers of Life. Because of your efforts, America will continue to be a country that leads the world in fighting for what is right.
Our ordinary acts of love, as Bishop Tutu describes them, provide hope as we remind those near and far that every human life, born and unborn, is of inestimable value.