January 22nd, marked the 45th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in the United States which legalized abortion in all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. Yes, very late third trimester abortions do happen and are legal in our very own state of Colorado. Not only that, but you and I are paying for them.
More than 60 million babies have been destroyed since that day. Millions upon millions of mothers and fathers have been lied to, and our nation has suffered as we’ve devalued the lives of anyone considered less than perfect.
But somber as that is, and as much as we mourn the lost, we do have cause for celebration.
After reaching a high point in 1990 of over 1.6 million abortions performed, we’ve begun to see an annual decline. We are now back down to levels not seen since the late 1970s. The tide has turned.
I fully believe that 2018 will be a year of victories. We’ve already seen unprecedented support for the pro-life movement. For the first time ever, our nation’s President gave a live address at the March for Life. You may recall the group of young mothers and children who formed the crowd behind President Trump during his speech. They were comprised of actual pregnancy center clients who chose life and were in Washington as part of the “Babies go to Congress” event hosted by Heartbeat International. They were given the exciting opportunity to witness his historic address from a position of honor.
Millions more celebrated SOHL (Sanctity of Human Life) Sunday this weekend in their churches. The week before and after January 22nd, pastors and clergy spoke out in support of life from pulpits across the nation. Pregnancy centers were honored, side walk counselors were celebrated, and a message of hope and healing to post-abortive women were shared.
We are winning but we still have much to do.
“My Body, My Choice” was chanted over and over during the March for Women in Pueblo. Pink kitty hats and supporters of the abortion mill, Planned Parenthood (PP), were scattered throughout the crowd of roughly 1,000 people. The most common sentiment at our march was unsurprisingly mimicked across the nation at similar gatherings. As the guests at the podium spoke of their support for ‘reproductive rights’ and talked about the ‘life saving work’ being done at PP, my heart ached for those men, women, and children as they whooped and hollered in agreement. They are victims as well. They’ve been deceived.
I encourage you to learn all you can about abortion, laws, and alternatives. Seek out ways to support your local pregnancy resource centers. Learn the language of compassion and hope. Join us on this side of history and fight for the Right to Life.
“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” (St. Augustine of Hippo)