We are a Movement of Hope

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. This appeared on page three of the February edition of National Right to Life News. Please share with all your pro-life family and friends. Also send any comments to daveandrusko@gmail.com.

As expected, the Biden/Harris administration’s assault on preborn children has started.  

On January 28, a mere eight days after his inauguration, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to reverse the Mexico City Policy so that U.S. tax dollars will again be disbursed to international organizations that perform and promote abortion.

On the same day—the day before the virtual March for Life—Biden removed the U.S. as a signatory on the Geneva Consensus Declaration.  The Declaration was a joint effort by the Trump Administration and 34 other countries to affirm that there is no international “right” to abortion and that sovereign states (countries) have the right to make their own laws on protecting children.  President Biden apparently agrees with the likes of International Planned Parenthood that countries should not be allowed to protect these innocent little ones.

President Biden also began the process of restoring tax funding to Title X grantees that promote abortion as a method of family planning. Under the pro-life Trump administration, grantees were not allowed to refer for abortion, leading Planned Parenthood to forego $60 million in federal grants.

We know the abortion industry, pro-abortion Democrats in Congress, and their allies in the media will be pushing a radical policy that allows for no legal protection for unborn children at any time throughout pregnancy.  And they want tax dollars or insurance policies to pay for the abortions.

To that end, Biden announced on January 22, the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade, that his administration was “committed to codifying” that disastrous 1973 Supreme Court decision as federal law. In truth, the agenda goes far beyond Roe v. Wade, as we’ve discussed at National Right to Life News Today.

During her brief run for president, now-Vice President Kamala Harris introduced a proposal which would require states wanting to pass a pro-life law to get preclearance from the Department of Justice. If the proposed law did not comport with Roe v Wade and the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act,” DOJ must object to the change.

If, for some reason, the Justice Department did allow a piece of pro-life legislation, abortionists would be given standing to challenge the approval in federal court. 

In addition to the legislative battleground over protections for unborn children, there are efforts underway in Congress to severely limit our First Amendment right to speak, to advocate for our cause, up to and including criticizing the actions of elected officials.

At the same time we see this concerted effort to enact a federal law that legalizes abortion on demand throughout pregnancy and to eliminate any protections that currently exist for preborn children, we are seeing increased efforts to paint the pro-life movement as extremists, racists, and terrorists. Most of the major media happily joins Democrats in this smear campaign.

What’s the goal? To try to minimize the impact of the pro-life movement, to try to frighten people away from getting involved, and to try to prevent pro-life people from speaking up and speaking out on behalf of our defenseless brothers and sisters.

I say “try” because it won’t work.  This struggle for Life is too important.  Almost 900,000 babies are killed by abortion every year.  These littlest members of the human family need us. And it is deeply offensive to suggest that speaking in favor of the right to life will somehow cause violence.

Hard-core pro-abortion advocates will cynically push this false and ugly narrative simply because we are a roadblock.  For those journalists or public officials who naively believe the pro-life movement will abandon peaceful, legal efforts to achieve our goals, I would encourage them to spend time with pro-life people.  

I have often said that the pro-life movement is the Movement of Love.  We seek to help and protect others simply because those others exist.  

We are also a movement of Hope.  We offer hope to women who are considering abortion, helping them through a difficult time in their lives, and to women who have had an abortion, helping them find peace in their future.

We offer hope to the elderly and those with disabilities, advancing the truth that all human beings, regardless of capacity or disability, are valued members of the human family.

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bishop Desmond Tutu, once stated, “Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.”

Everything we do to protect preborn babies and those vulnerable to assisted suicide and euthanasia encourages others. We offer hope through our acts of love.

And we do everything with love in our hearts and a smile on our face.  Let’s keep on keeping on.