Editor’s note. This editorial appears on page two of the January digital edition of National Right to Life News. I trust you are in the midst of reading the entire issue and that you are using your social media contacts to forward stories to your pro-life family and friends.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“God, the God who built and preserves nations, who brings life and maintains it, who stands with those who suffer most at the hands of evil, He will remember us, too. He will remember America and He will bless her. God will bless us because we are the guardians of His most precious creations.
“We stand between America and the darkness, and we will march until that darkness is banished forever and all of our children can stand together in the sunlight.”—Ben Shapiro, speaking at the 2019 March for Life
A week from tomorrow, pro-life champions from around the United States and abroad will pause to honor the memory of the more than 61 million victims of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. This year the date of the annual March for Life, which brings together over 100,000 in our nation’s capital, is January 24. The theme? “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”
Before and after these dates, it is important that state and local pro-lifers will assemble, typically at their respective state capitols, to pronounce unequivocally that they will never, ever quit. This faithfulness is a testimony to the perseverance, faithfulness, and resolution of the greatest movement for social justice of our time. It is an honor for all of us.
I’d like you to reflect for a moment on that last statement. It is an honor–a privilege, actually—for each of us to toil with people who work in season and out, whose consistency does not depend on circumstance. They work to save unborn babies, their mothers, babies who survive abortions, and the medically fragile who are n the bulls-eye of the anti-life forces. Here are two quotes from Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, at separate March for Life rallies that get to the heart of our Movement and why we do what we do.
The most dangerous place in America today for an unborn baby girl or boy is in a Planned Parenthood facility.
Someday future generations of Americans will look back and wonder how and why such a seemingly enlightened society could have permitted over 60 million to be exterminated by abortion, often with government enabling and subsidy.
But history and generations of survivors will note that you stood your ground, you pushed back, and you endured any and every sacrifice, any and every smear, so that the least of these might live.
“Everyone here today is part of the greatest human rights struggle on the face of the earth. It is the only human rights abuse that the abortionists dare call a human right, it is Orwellian, and yet it happens here and all over the world.”
“I know I’m speaking to the choir, but we need to double down on our prayer for healing. We need to increase our fasting, and we need to ask God for wisdom for healing, so that we will do our duty to protect the weakest and most vulnerable.”
Our Movement is alive and well and growing. You will see that not just in the huge attendance at the March for Life, and not just in all the state-based rallies.
You’ve seen this growth manifested in all the protective legislation passed in the past decade.. and in the laments of pro-abortion leaders that younger women are more passionately committed to the pro-life cause (by double!) than their “pro-choice” counterparts.
We thrive because, to quote Congressman Smith one more time, because ultimate failure is not an option.
“Despite these and any obstacles, we will never quit. In adversity our faith and trust in God is tested, but it also deepens and overcomes and forges an indomitable yet humble spirit.
“The pro-life movement is comprised of some of the noblest, caring, smart and selfless people I have ever met. They make up an extraordinarily powerful, non-violent, faith-filled human rights struggle that is growing in public support, intensity, commitment and hope.
“The pro-life movement is not only on the side of compassion, justice, and inclusion; we are on the right side of responsible science and of history.”