By Carol Tobias, President
Editor’s note. This appears on page three of the March digital edition of National Right to Life News which was sent to your email boxes this morning. Please read the entire 41 page issue and share it with pro-life family and friends.
Innocent human life is under attack in this country, probably more than ever before. As multiple stories in this March issue of National Right to Life News demonstrate, pro-abortion Democrats are coming fast and furious at unborn children, determined to remove any and all protections.
Congress is putting the final touches on a Covid stimulus package that will, for the first time since the federal Medicaid program was introduced in 1976, fund abortion on demand. The legislation does NOT contain the Hyde Amendment language, a long-standing agreement that taxpayers would not be forced to pay for abortion. Neither is international funding protected by the Helms amendment, which prevents U.S. tax dollars from being spent to promote abortion in other countries.
The House has passed the (so-called) “Equality Act,” which could be used to expand abortion and abortion funding, while denying conscience protections for health care providers.
On the near horizon, Congress will likely deliberate whether the seven-year deadline placed in the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment should be removed. Abortion advocates want state ratifications post-1979 to be accepted, therefore adding the amendment to the Constitution. Fortunately, as the story on page one reports, a federal judge has “ruled that the ratification period for the Equal Rights Amendment, set in the ERA Resolution approved by Congress 49 years ago, was valid, and that the actions of the legislatures of Nevada (2017), Illinois (2018), and Virginia (2020) had no legal effect.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is being considered for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Besides having no experience in health care policy, Becerra vigorously defended a California law (subsequently struck by the Supreme Court) requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to inform clients how to obtain an abortion. I truly believe that, if confirmed, he will have no compunction in supporting policies that force doctors and nurses to participate in abortion and assisted suicide.
These certainly seem like dark days for all of us working to protect the voiceless little ones, these precious little members of the human family. But these are the days that call for our greatest involvement.
The pro-life movement has faced difficult times before with determination and perseverance. We must—and will—continue to do so now.
I’m a great fan of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In 1941, when much of Europe was occupied by Nazi Germany, and Great Britain was under attack, he gave his famous “never give in” speech at Harrow School, his high school alma mater.
Churchill declared, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never— in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. …our country stood in the gap. There was no flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find ourselves in a position where I say that we can be sure that we have only to persevere to conquer.”
The country, indeed, the world–and certainly unborn children–need that kind of perseverance now.
From its very beginning, America has been a beacon of light to the world. We offered an unparalleled example of freedom and independence. We were founded on the principle that every life matters. If we abandon that principle, what makes the U.S. any different, or any better, than anywhere else?
We’ve seen the slippery slope in action. Dissatisfied with any limitations, President Biden and fellow pro-abortion Democrats in Congress are pushing for abortion anywhere at any time for any reason, paid for with our tax dollars, here and abroad.
At the other end of the age spectrum, the elderly and those with an ever-larger variety of non-terminal medical illnesses are not just “allowed” to kill themselves with medical assistance but are “encouraged” to end their lives prematurely.
As predicted, proposals to couple assisted suicide with organ harvesting have arrived in three countries. We see “bioethicists” also proposing the removal of conscience protections from health care providers who do not want to participate in abortion or euthanasia.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is finally being investigated for his role in sending Covid patients into nursing homes, passing on the virus to others. It is striking that Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment is receiving far greater media coverage than the deaths of as many as 15,000 of our elderly brothers and sisters.
The National Health Service in the United Kingdom issued do not resuscitate orders to Covid patients with learning disabilities. Though not as blatant here, similar stories have been popping up in news stories in the U.S.
Once life is no longer valued, what is left?
My appeal to you is to never give in, never give up. Educate your neighbors and your communities as to the humanity of our littlest brothers and sisters. Work with pregnancy centers so they may continue to provide help and services to pregnant women who need assistance at a difficult time in their lives.
Continue to work with your elected officials to pass protective legislation and to defeat anti-life legislation. Do everything you can to make sure that pro-life, well-qualified candidates are on the ballot next year and help get them elected.
And as always, do everything with love in your heart and a smile on your face. Let us work to keep America that shining city on a hill for all the world to see.