Fighting for Life In a Post-Roe America
Children are such precious gifts. As Mother Theresa said, “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers." Multitudes agree with us: January 20, 2023 marks the 50th March for Life in Washington, D.C.
It is the first March for Life since Roe v. Wade was overturned. And here’s a special detail to mark that occasion: Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life, worked tirelessly for decades to overturn Roe v. Wade. Did you know that Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, 2022, which would have been Nellie’s birthday? Yes, God was detailed in that timing.
Even though we celebrate the fact that Roe v. Wade is gone, the fight for life rages intensely on. Since loopholes exist in the US, approximately 700,000 abortions (murders of unborn babies!) are projected to occur in 2023. This deeply grieves our hearts. Those lives are in addition to the over 64 million unborn Americans who were murdered since Roe v. Wade. We wish to take time to remember those precious, innocent lives of the children.
This month we are featuring an article by Jeanne Mansini, who is the president of the March for Life. You will learn more details on the current battles and victories in the fight for life so that further victories occur.
Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, the battlefront moved to feature a much greater focus on the state level. Some states are attempting to advance extreme pro-death policies with the goal of infanticide. (Horrifically, infanticide means murdering the baby after birth!) In addition, the Biden Administration at the federal level is still attempting to fund abortions. So the fight for life is far from over, yet we continue in this fight while being so grateful for the distinct victory of overturning Roe v. Wade.
In summary, it’s noteworthy that people tend to call an unborn baby a “fetus” if that child is not desired. It seems to be a way to dehumanize the child. But when the child is wanted then the term “baby” is used. But a baby is a human whether he or she is born or unborn. And every baby is wanted. Even if the biological parents don’t “want” the baby we know there are many loving parents yearning for a child through adoption.
We must keep advocating for life and the valuing of children as blessings –not burdens. It is time for abortion to be unthinkable. And we must focus on the fact that there is always hope and healing in Christ even in the aftermath of abortion. Hearts that sincerely turn to Jesus can receive forgiveness, hope, and life.
Edmund Burke is credited for saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It is our prayer and sincere desire to let babies live and to see further victories in the fight for all life. We all must step up and do something with prayer and loving action. Amen?
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About the Author
Jeanne has made frequent media appearances including interviews on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, and others. Jeanne’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, the Washington Post and numerous others publications.
Jeanne holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in the theology of marriage and family from the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Jeanne resides in northern Virginia with her husband, David.
Why We Must Keep Marching Annually in Washington, DC
With the wonderful blessing of Roe v. Wade being overturned, a goal we have marched for since 1974, some say there is no longer a need for the pro-life movement to gather for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The work to build a culture of life in the United States of America is far from finished, but they say we can now focus our work on advancing our cause in the states. Yes, there is an urgent need to make our voices heard in our state capitals, but we must advocate for the unborn at the federal level, as well. And this calls for our continued, unified presence in our nation’s capital.
Those who have been paying attention know that the battle at the federal level has only intensified since the historic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision. Already, pro-abortion politicians in the House and Senate have voted in favor of the most radical expansion of abortion in American history, a bill deceptively named the Women’s Health Protection Act. If passed, this extreme bill would nullify existing pro-life state laws, prevent the passage of future state laws that protect the unborn, and force taxpayers to pay for abortions nationwide — up until birth. Going beyond Roe, it would eliminate parental-consent laws and state partial-birth abortion bans. We can’t afford to abandon the fight at the federal level now.
Neither can we leave hard-fought victories like the Hyde Amendment vulnerable to attack. Hyde is in the crosshairs of pro-abortion politicians and has been for a long time. This long-standing policy, which limits government funding for abortion on annual appropriation bills, protects taxpayers and saves lives. In fact, it has been estimated to have saved more than 2.4 million lives since its adoption in 1976 and is arguably the most impactful pro-life policy in our nation’s history. It should not be taken for granted.
Pro-abortion legislators in Congress are even unashamed about going after our pro-life pregnancy-resource centers, which stand on the front lines of our movement, saving lives every day. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others are using the power of their office to target these life-affirming institutions that do so much good for women seeking alternatives to abortion.
Warren hasn’t been shy about her intention to “shut them down.” These organizations provide millions of dollars in free resources each year, including financial and material resources, medical services, counseling, and much more to women who need our support and encouragement to choose life. Pregnancy-resource centers have saved more than 800,000 lives since 2016 and are favored by the vast majority of Americans. Despite the many violent attacks leveled at crisis-pregnancy centers since the Dobbs decision was leaked, everything they do is driven by love for the women who walk through their doors and a deep desire to see them realize their dreams without sacrificing their children. We can’t let politicians in Washington regulate these critical institutions out of existence.
This is by no means meant to distract us from our efforts in the states. But we must realize that the fall of Roe means the battle for life must be fought on two fronts now: state and federal. We are rapidly expanding our state march program to meet this need. And the enthusiasm at the state level is high now that the people once again have a say in laws protecting the unborn of their state. This month, in fact, we saw more than 5,500 pro-life
Pennsylvanians gather in Harrisburg to attend the first state march since the Dobbs decision came down. We at the March for Life plan to be in all 50 states soon because we, more than anyone I dare say, understand the power of unified, joyful masses of pro-life marchers who, year in and year out, send a loud and clear message to legislators: Protect life!
While we celebrate the right of the people in their respective states to have a voice through their elected leaders on the issue of life for the first time in nearly 50 years, we cannot forget that it is still imperative to march in Washington, D.C., with the same dedication.
Perhaps our loftiest goal is continuing to change hearts and minds on this issue. It has been said that culture is upstream of politics, and our ultimate goal is to restore a culture of life in America.
Clearly, our work is far from over, and the war hasn’t yet been won. But that is to be expected with a cause so noble as ours. Let us never tire of seeking respect and protection for every human being and working for that day when abortion is unthinkable.