By Laura Echevarria, Director of Communications and Press Secretary
Editor’s note. Today’s look at what appeared previously in NRL News Today is extremely relevant. It addresses perennial questions in a helpful and thorough manner.
In my job as NRLC Director of Communications and Press Secretary, I have daily, first-hand experience with the power of the media to “frame” the way our Movement is perceived.
In recent weeks, I have had multiple emails in the Communication Department’s master account asking: Why doesn’t the pro-life movement do more to help women after their babies are born? Why does the movement only care about the babies and not the women? Do we care about all lives or just a select few? And so on.
Some of these, of course, are just pro-abortion trolls, bent on mischief. But others are honest inquiries, based on the assumption that what is written about the movement in the media is accurate. Pro-abortion groups and their media enablers have demeaned us so often as caring only for the baby before it is born that some people will believe it is true.
How wrong they are.
Our movement is multi-faceted. For example, our role here at National Right to Life is to work through education and legislation and political action to protect lives. We have been at the forefront in these endeavors for over 40 years.
Other wings of the pro-life movement have a different emphasis. They offer help by providing practical and material solutions to women, men, and children in need. These organizations are comprised of millions of individuals who work every day to see that mothers and their babies are cared for both before and after birth, and, if it be the mother’s wish, that her child is adopted into a loving home.
The pro-life movement includes over 2,700 pregnancy help centers nationwide that provide resources for women–all for free. They offer women practical and material help and do not charge for their services. These centers also connect women with other resources in the community based on their needs.
This women-helping movement also includes women’s shelters across the U.S. These shelters provide housing for women expecting a child and who may already have other children.
These centers and shelters often do not receive government funding and have been started by individuals in the pro-life movement. Unlike the abortion industry, these organizations are supported through donations from local businesses, churches, and pro-life individuals in the community, not money in abundance from the federal government.
Yet we often do not hear of the efforts these organizations are making or their successes. These shelters and organizations do not have the money to spare for advertising. Instead, they are known by their reputations in their communities and by local churches. They are recognized as reliable by the local resource centers and by local businesses owners who feel that they can trust these organizations to use money wisely and help those in need in the community.
The pro-life movement values all innocent life—at the beginning of life until its natural end. In a world that often places far less value on babies prenatally diagnosed with a disability and on the elderly, who stands up for them? The Pro-life Movement is in the forefront of crafting protections. And this dedication to the intrinsic value of life is, of course, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, background, or origin.
As National Right to Life states in every press release:
Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
We are working for the day when the fundamental right to life is recognized for all innocent human lives and that this right is protected in law.
We are not always vocal about what we do but we are often behind the scenes working to protect those with disabilities, prevent rationing of health care, and protect children–both born and unborn–as well as their mothers’ lives.
Unfortunately, the pro-life movement is often painted as caring only about the baby before birth, but it is not true. Could we spend hours every day trying to rewrite a narrative supplied by our opponents and fostered by a media that isn’t friendly to our issue? Yes, we could, and we do work to correct it. But to us, it takes time away from our ultimate mission to protect all innocent human life from conception through natural death.
So, we do our job—quietly and behind the scenes, without fanfare, without the average salaries of Planned Parenthood executives who make high 6 or even 7-figure salaries, and without the plaudits from Hollywood’s elite.
Because when lives are at stake, those lives are more important than money, fame, or recognition.