Doing What We Can

By Carol Tobias

Editor’s note. This appears on page three of  the March issue of National Right to Life News. Please share the entire 48-page content with your pro-life family and friends. Please send any comments to

“Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”

I heard that phrase many years ago, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but it actually came from Squire Bill Widener, a community leader in rural Virginia.  As I look at abortion in the US since the fall of Roe v Wade, I see pro-life people doing exactly that.

Abortion forces have unleashed numerous plans to protect abortion.  And regardless of the consequences to women and innocent preborn children, they want to make abortion as readily accessible and available as possible.

Butinstead of waiting for someone else to do something, pro-lifers continue to step forward to counter this pro-abortion offensive, doing what they can, with what they’ve got, where they are.

To be sure, this deep reservoir of love and resolve is being tested by pro-abortion President Joe Biden. The Biden administration is using every weapon in its arsenal to attack life, and even lovers of life.

The Department of Justice has arrested people who protest the killing of innocent preborn babies; the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense intend to subsidize abortion and abortion travel for its personnel.

The Department of Health and Human Services is likely to repeal several safeguards for healthcare providers who do not want to participate in abortions or assisted suicide.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed almost all safeguards for women and authorized the broader distribution of the abortion pill.  Pharmacies will be strongly urged, likely by investment firms, to participate in a procedure that results in death for the babies and, often, harm to the mothers.

In some states that have no interest in protecting unborn children in any way, shape, or form, legislatures are repealing even commonsense laws that enjoy popular support. These include  requiring that a woman seeking an abortion be given factual information about pregnancy, abortion, potential complications, and available alternatives. 

Some states have removed laws that give parents the opportunity to intervene if their minor daughter is considering an abortion. And in some states, taxpayers, regardless of their pro-life convictions, are being forced to pay for the killing.

But pro-life people are not standing idly by. They are making their voices heard in state capitals, lobbying elected officials and testifying against anti-life legislation.

Pro-life people are making their voices heard in letters, emails, and petitions to pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid, asking the companies to NOT dispense the abortion pill.

Pro-life people are helping new moms with baby supplies.  Oftentimes, this is done through a pregnancy center, but many are also making individual appeals for help through social media and on-line crowdfunding platforms.

Pro-life people are organizing community events to mobilize new advocates for life.

National Right to Life is working with our state affiliates to pass pro-life bills and stop anti-life bills, in both Congress and state legislatures.

We’re working with chapters to strengthen pro-life outreach in their communities.

Our Education department has issued an abundance of articles about the dangers associated with chemical abortions and the recent FDA changes as to how and where the pills are dispensed.  The information is easy to read and understand, and is available through NRL News Today and National Right to Life News.

Our Communications Department talks to reporters on a daily basis, providing quotes and, often, background information to hopefully get a pro-life perspective into stories that are released.

Looking ahead, we’re preparing for another great convention on June 23 and 24 in Pittsburgh. Please keep up to date by checking back at And, of course, we’re already looking at the critical 2024 elections.

In a recent AP article, an owner of several abortion facilities is said to be girding herself for many more post-Roe battles in the future, adding abortion “is just under attack and it’s going to be for years.” The only thing we are “attacking” is the indiscriminate slaughter of unborn children.

Thanks to the tenacious determination of pro-life people who are fighting the good fight, I can guarantee that abortion will be under “attack” for many years. Pro-life people are doing what they can, with what they’ve got, where they are. 

Why?  Because unborn babies are counting on us– all of us.