Friday, January 23, 2009

5 Reasons for the Pro-Life Movement to have Hope

1. Marches for Life: Tens of thousands of abortion opponents rallied Thursday on the National Mall, with thousands more in St. Paul and each of other state capitals to mark the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade amid concerns posed by a new president who is devoutly pro-choice. We are not alone.

2. We have intellectual heavyweights like Princeton's Robert P. George.

3. A local Catholic high school has withdrawn a planned honor for a pro-"choice" politician. Prayer and a ground game can still work; confirmation came this morning of the change in the school's plan. That there should have to be a change is still disappointing, but at least the issue appears to have been averted.

4.We've been here before, as Michael J. New points out:
The pro-life movement is despondent. During the recent election cycle, pro-lifers incurred a series of disappointing political defeats, culminating in the election of a president who steadfastly supports keeping abortion legal. Furthermore, some pundits suggest that the Republican party's pro-life stance hurt its candidates, and thus the party should take a more moderate position.

Worse, the new president has pledged to support the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would give the legislative and executive branches' seal of approval to the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and roll back many of the pro-life movement's hard-fought gains. Because of the recent electoral losses in the U.S. Senate, the pro-life movement is desperately scrambling to find 41 senators to mount a successful filibuster.

Is this the dystopian scenario we face today? Nope. What I have just described is the political landscape in 1993, the last time the pro-life movement found itself in the political wilderness. There were plenty of reasons for pessimism at the time, but the movement refused to give up and went on to make some very impressive gains during the 1990s—gains that remain today, and should give pro-lifers plenty of hope for the future.
5. [F]or God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

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  1. All excellent points. While the threat remains and I am concerned, I have been buoyed. Thanks.
    Just curious, is item 3 related to your item 1 list of "problems" from your Dec. 2 post?



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