By Dave Andrusko
“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
Tomorrow is the 48th anniversary of the wretched Roe v. Wade decision. This year’s in-person March for Life rally was slated for January 29th but except for a handful of pro-life leaders, the in-person part has been cancelled. The March will now be virtual.
But the change in date and the change to virtual doesn’t alter the perseverance, faithfulness, and resolution of the greatest movement for social justice of our time. Nor does the election of the two-headed pro-abortion administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. If anything, their very unfortunate election steels our resolve to be even more persistent champions of the littlest Americans.
If you ponder what we are doing together, it truly is an honor—a privilege, actually—for each of us to work arm and arm 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 in the bulls-eye of the anti-life forces. Here are two quotes from Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair of the 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 [now more than 62.5 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 rallies around the country, virtual and in-person.
You’ve seen this growth manifested in all the protective state 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, 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.”