By Carol Tobias, president
Editor’s note. This president’s column appears in the December edition of NRL News.
Please share with your pro-life family and friends.
It’s hard to believe Christmas is almost here. You may be, like me, wondering how the year zipped by so quickly. But a look back shows that a lot has happened.
2023 started off almost immediately with the Biden administration finding another way to promote abortion, publishing regulations which would allow pharmacies to dispense the abortion drug mifepristone. Previously, the pill was prescribed and distributed by the abortionist.
This Biden regulation, through the Food and Drug Administration, has been challenged in court and will likely soon be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Several state legislatures successfully enacted laws to protect preborn children in varying degrees. Unfortunately, courts in some states have also enjoined pro-life laws or struck them as unconstitutional based on the state constitution.
Pro-abortion state attorneys general increased their attacks on pregnancy resource centers. To the pro-abortion mind there is no “choice” except to end babies’ lives,
The state of Colorado attempted to penalize medical personnel who help women with the abortion pill reversal process. Thankfully, a U.S. district judge ruled the law violated the First Amendment.
There was a hard push from abortion activists to have Congress just declare that the Equal Rights Amendment, initiated in 1972, was now part of the U.S. Constitution. In April, the U.S. Senate voted to do just that, but failed to get the necessary number of votes.
Douglas Johnson, long-time NRLC employee and advisor, noted that various ERA-revival legal claims have been presented to six federal courts, and to a total of 29 federal judges and justices. The pro-ERA revival arguments failed to get a single judge to accept their legal claims.
We’ve seen unprecedented amounts of money flow into pro-abortion coffers to fund anti-life projects, lobbying, court cases, and ballot measures. We’ve seen pro-abortion lies and exaggerations become part of the mainstream media narrative.
An effort to amend the Ohio constitution to allow for unrestricted abortion was successful. As always supporters played hard and fast with the truth.
And, of course, we saw several candidates jump into the presidential race, seeking support for next year’s election.
A lot has happened this year! Due in large part to the reversal of Roe v Wade, many would say we have, proverbially, been drinking from a firehose in 2023. My prediction for 2024 is that the hectic pace will continue!
For some reason, there are people who not only want the ability to kill an unborn child, they also want to make it as easy as possible to do so. They see the death of innocent little babies as “freedom.”
We have elections in 2024 for president, senators, and representatives. Many states will be electing governors, attorneys general, and legislators. Many states will have legislative sessions with efforts to protect babies or protect abortions. Some states will have ballot measures, attempting to amend state constitutions to allow for the killing of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
2024 is going to be another crazy year, and we have to be ready.
For that reason, I hope you will be able to find time in the next few weeks to do something for yourself. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and I pray you find peace.
Pro-lifers are the most caring, loving, helpful, giving people in the world. Sometimes our lives get too hectic because we want to help everyone in whatever way we can. We have jobs and responsibilities and, many times, feel overworked, overburdened, stressed, and over-anxious.
Find some time this Christmas season to breathe, to relax, and enjoy those around you.
Drive around to look at Christmas lights. Join with fellow church members or friends to go caroling. Find a local choir performing the Messiah.
Call up a friend you haven’t seen for a while and get together for coffee. Pull out some old board games or a jigsaw puzzle and play with children or grandchildren and talk to them about their dreams and aspirations.
Or find some quiet time for yourself. Watch a favorite Christmas movie you haven’t seen in many years or curl up in a chair and read a book.
Let me leave you with this. The apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians in Chapter 4: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I pray you find peace this Christmas, that you are able to replenish your soul and ease your mind as we all prepare for another crazy year of saving lives.