The tenacity of the Pro-Life Movement will carry the day for unborn babies and their mothers

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. This appeared on page three of the August digital edition of National Right to Life News. Be sure to read the issue in it entirety and share with your pro-life family and friends.

I have the pleasure, and the honor, of speaking to various groups around the country.  I love having the chance to visit with our grassroots base and to hear their stories. While some are sad, even heart-breaking, others are tremendously uplifting and encouraging almost beyond words.

One young man in a wheelchair thanked me for NRLC’s position against rationing of medical treatment.  One mother shared the joy a disabled daughter has brought to her family. Counselors at pregnancy help centers shared stories about some of the many women considering abortion that they were able to help.

And I get to meet young people who are continuing the battle for life. One college group was looking for more ideas on how they could influence their college campus for life. One youth group, active in a pro-life ministry, has discovered that “anger can only take you so far; God can take you farther.”

I can say conclusively that all of the people mentioned above, along with the many other pro-lifers I have met, seem to lead what the world would consider to be mostly ordinary lives–taking care of a family, working a job, helping out with church or civic organizations. 

But, trust me, they are not “ordinary” in all the ways that really matter.

Years ago, NRLC published a book titled, “Call to Conscience.” Then as now, you are the conscience of America. You are the voice for the voiceless, reminding this great nation that what is happening to our unborn children is wrong.

And every time I tell an audience that the pro-life movement will succeed because they (the audience) will not give up, they applaud! You might think they would applaud if they were told they can retire, or give up, or take a break, but no. They’ve already been working hard for many years, yet when I tell them they are going to continue to work hard, they applaud.

That is the determination and tenacity of pro-lifers. They know we’re in a battle for the hearts and minds of Americans, for the soul of the country. Giving up is not an option. 

They agree with Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” who wrote, prophetically, “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

Giving up for grassroots pro-lifers is impossible. They are dedicated to the proposition that human life is precious and must be protected, in season and out.

At the federal level, the pro-abortion Biden-Harris administration and pro-abortion Congressional leadership seek to remove any and all pro-life protections for unborn children and, instead, force tax funding of abortion, at home and abroad, on the American people. We are battling them as I write this column.  

Activity at the state level is completely different. We’ve had some tremendous successes this year. 

Two states succeeded in getting a measure on the 2022 ballot which would clarify that their state constitution does not secure a right to abortion or require tax funding of abortion.

Some states have passed laws to protect babies born alive following a botched abortion and babies who have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.  

Other states have passed laws to provide information to women seeking an abortion, including the opportunity to view an ultrasound of her preborn child.  We’ve also seen tighter restrictions on chemical abortions, as well as the promotion of abortion pill reversal.

These are incremental steps forward, but do not underestimate their significance. They are like waystations on the journey that will end with the day the law protects all babies.

Beyond legislation, more and more Right to Life chapters are educating their communities with fair booths. Many of them have stories about young children pointing to the fetal models and saying, “baby,” recognizing intuitively what many in society would try to deny.

Our chapters and volunteers are making their presence known on social media. These platforms reach those who may not hear the truth in more conventional ways.

Our affiliates are reaching young people– through oratory and video contests, youth camps, Teens for Life groups, college groups, and sponsoring students to the NRL summer academy.

Because of the stalwart people active in the right-to-life movement, and the newcomers who join each day, the future is exciting and promising. 

The right-to-life movement is stronger because our members are diverse. Media stereotypes about age, race, gender, political or religious philosophy, income, or education break down the moment anyone gets to know pro- life grassroots Americans.

I wish I could get a message to everyone working to keep abortion legal. I would tell them to give up. They sometimes have legislative successes (but not many!), they sometimes have election victories, and they can certainly be vocal, but all they are doing is delaying the inevitable.

They will not win because our cause is just and because pro-lifers are resolute, persistent, and willing to fight as long as it takes.

We will never give up until all the little ones are welcomed in life and protected in law.