This year marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision and the ongoing battle over the unalienable right to life for the unborn. It will also be the 47th annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th. This year's theme is: Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.
Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, is hopeful that, “One day, we hope to put behind us this time where the most innocent and vulnerable are denied the right to live. It is time to expose abortion as a grave injustice that marginalizes and devalues women and steals the lives of their children.” Mancini says that the pro-life movement “celebrates life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, and every moment in between.”
The Trump administration has given the pro-life movement a fresh opportunity to build a culture of life. When he was elected in 2016 President Trump said, “Millions of innocent beautiful babies are counting on us to protect them. And we will.” According to The Forum, this issue may lead to “an unsavory bargain” and become a “morally slippery slope.” But isn’t the real slippery slope unrestricted, unlimited abortion?
The pro-life movement values all human life – the disabled, the elderly, the homeless, the poor, the handicapped, the indispensable, the inconvenient and the "unwanted." Every life has value because God says it does. It is part of his grand love story. He wrote it on our hearts. This truth is also written in our Declaration of Independence – that we endowed by our Creator “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than 60 million preborn children have lost their lives since the Roe v. Wade decision became law in 1973. That is over 1 million babies a year that are denied their unalienable right to life. Wasn’t abortion supposed to be rare? In Fargo, 1,141 children were aborted at the Red River Women’s Clinic in 2018. It is sad that this “clinic” is eliminating a classroom of kids a week. This is a fact. Abortion is snuffing out future generations.
Christians believe the Roe v Wade ruling, which forced legal abortion on all 50 states, was and is an immoral and wrongful decision. It is because abortion involves another body – a body with its own DNA and many times, a blood type different from the mother. For this reason, abortion cannot be a choice because it involves a separate and unique person. Abortion doesn’t just end a pregnancy; it ends the life of an unborn child. We were all an unborn child at one time.
Abortion not only betrays women, it scars mothers emotionally and psychologically. But most of all, abortion betrays God as he created us in his own image. God does not waste his time creating "unwanted" people.
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The good news is that our culture is becoming pro-life. The abortion rate in the U.S. has been declining since the 1990s. Of all abortion facilities open in 1991, almost 80% have shut down – which includes 40 abortion providers in 2018. More and more Americans, especially young people, are boldly standing up for life and affirming that all life has value. Pro-lifers know their voice is needed to defend those who do not yet have a voice.
Ending abortion is more a spiritual battle than a Constitutional battle. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “Only if people change will the world change; and in order to change, people need the light that comes from God.” We need to stand for life and ask for God’s mercy and His forgiveness. Hopefully this year’s March for Life will change more hearts and minds to see God’s “light.” Through prayer anything is possible. With God, everything is possible.