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The Prescience of the Pro-Life Movement

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According to Dictionary.com, “prescience” is defined as “knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.” Observe the events that have transpired and consider how those who are pro-life were able to discern that it was an inevitable outcome.

On the night of January 22, 1973, Walter Cronkite, the anchor of the CBS Evening News, commenced his broadcast with a report on Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that had been issued earlier that day. (The relevant video can be accessed via YouTube.)

The report included a comment from Monsignor James McHugh, who was identified as a representative of the U.S. Catholic Conference. In his remarks, Msgr. McHugh asserted that the Supreme Court’s decision had effectively revoked the protection previously afforded to unborn children’s human rights. He further contended that the Court’s stance on abortion was essentially one of indifference, provided that the procedure was conducted within the confines of the law. The court’s judgment is likely to have a significant impact on the respect previously accorded to human life in our culture.

In light of the fact that over 64 million aborted children have been born since that time, it is evident that his assessment was indeed accurate. The ability to anticipate future events is known as prescience. The capacity to anticipate future events. In the same CBS broadcast, Cronkite reported that Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia had described the Roe decision as an “unspeakable tragedy.” Indeed, the tragedy was unspeakable.

The ability to anticipate future events is known as “prescience.”

Over the past five decades, millions of mothers have been forced to endure the anguish of losing children to abortion, often in silence, as the abortion industry fails to acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced by its dissatisfied “customers.” Research indicates that in as many as 60% of cases, women are coerced into abortion. This means that a boyfriend, husband, parent, grandparent, or other individual is pressuring them to end their baby’s life.

One might also inquire as to the role of fathers in this context. They frequently confront the implications of their role in the decision to terminate the lives of their offspring in a manner that is largely devoid of verbal expression.

The major media outlets have been largely silent on the issue of the mortality rate associated with abortion. Similarly, the media are largely silent about the physical and emotional toll that abortion can take on women.

It is regrettable that, in many instances, parishioners have observed that the subject of abortion is rarely addressed from the pulpit.

Five years after the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, a Pennsylvania Pro-Life Convention featured a workshop entitled “Abortion Doublespeak.” This workshop delved into the deceptive and dishonest pro-abortion slogans commonly used in the pro-choice movement, including the assertion that the “fetus is not a person” and the claim that a woman has a “right to choose.”

Despite the legalization of abortion in the United States decades ago, those who advocate for the practice continue to deny the humanity of the preborn child. Even when the child is visible on an ultrasound, gesturing with a thumbs-up, they continue to deny its humanity.

Those in favor of abortion often fail to acknowledge the overwhelming statistical fact that half of all fetuses in the womb are female. No individual is afforded the option of choosing whether they will live or die.

A 1978 workshop, entitled “Women’s Viewpoint,” highlighted the exploitation of women by the abortion industry. This occurred several years before a woman named Karnamaya Mongar entered the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell, where she was killed. Moreover, prior to his conviction for the murder of three full-term infants, Gosnell had intentionally delivered them alive and then “snipped” their spinal cords.

The term “abortion doublespeak” is exemplified by this instance.

The magazine “Women’s Viewpoint” is largely ignored unless it aligns with the talking points of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, which has been estimated to have killed more than 320,000 babies annually, according to its own figures.

The foreknowledge of the pro-life movement can be evaded, but not denied. The predictions that Roe would undermine respect for life in our culture, give rise to an unspeakable tragedy, result in abortion double-speak, and cause the exploitation of women have all been borne out by subsequent events.

Fortunately, a considerable number of the children who survived the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, are now adults with children of their own. They are dedicating their lives to exposing the tragic fallout from that decision, which has now been reversed.

Ultimately, truth, goodness, and justice will prevail. This is the prescient promise of the pro-life movement.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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