As posted in National Right to Life News Today on April 16, 2014: Perhaps you may have noticed that I haven’t been writing as much in recent months. There is a reason for this that I would like to share with you. As much as I am very busy as wife, mother (who is currently […]
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My challenge to each pro-lifer is the same one I make to myself: to consider how I have helped to further strengthen each leg of the three legged stool of truth, legislation, and love.
We may not all be gifted to write legislation, but we can certainly contact legislators. We can share information with others about various bills thereby also supporting the second leg of the stool, truth.
We can provide others with scientifically-based information so that they understand the marvels of fetal development. You and I can help dispel the ugly myths that surround abortion and “unwanted children” (which is how I started my day today as I went through my emails).
The simplest, yet seemingly sometimes the hardest thing that we can do, is love. But speaking in love to someone who disagrees with us on the issue of abortion makes it possible to share the truth with them. Showing love to a girl or woman who is so distraught she contemplating abortion may save her and her baby. Giving love to someone who is post-abortive helps her understand there IS forgiveness.
While we may not be able to do something that relates to each leg of the three-legged stool of truth, legislation and love each day, we can most certainly do something that might seem insignificant.
I truly hope that you take advantage of your day because every effort on behalf of the little ones and their mothers–no matter how small–echoes with eternal significance.
As originally posted in LifeNews on June 28, 2013. “I’m not perfect, but I’m worth it.” To read these words through the lens of a pro-life message is powerful. Despite what the world around us may try to communicate about the standard of perfection set for us in today’s day and age, as human beings, […]
As published in National Right to Life News Today on May 30, 2013: If you had to stand before a child who was condemned to die simply because of who they were, what would you say if you heard…. “I’m sorry you were a girl, I really wanted a boy.” “The women are only allowed […]
Knowing this, we could then estimate that minimally there are 75 children who survive abortions in the U.S. each year. Forty years of legalized abortion with a minimal number of 75 children surviving would equate with approximately 3,000 survivors in the U.S. alone. Minimally.
My experience with survivors, however, tells me that the number is much greater than this, and even more so, that the stories of our lives and what we’ve experienced, is something that can’t be measured. Over the past 5 ½ years I have heard from or met other abortion survivors continuously. I have now been in contact with over 127 other survivors, with the majority coming from here in the U.S.
As I watched all of this occur, I couldn’t help but think about how our world today views lives both inside and outside of the womb that are “different” or disabled. We know that as many as 90% of children with Down syndrome are aborted. We know that children with even suspected medical issues are targeted for abortion, whether it’s a simple cleft palate or a complex heart problem. Anyone who may not fit the mold of society’s “normal” are, by and large, aborted.
Not only is this a tragic loss of human life, but I believe that this is a tragic loss to our world. By ending these lives, we surround ourselves, more often than not, by only those lives that are largely similar to our own. When we are surrounded by such sameness, it becomes more and more difficult for many to be appreciative and simply, even tolerable, of those who are different than them.
After 40 years, the language and therefore the discussion has shifted. Yes, there are many who are still uneducated or under-educated about human development and the dynamics surrounding abortion. But while there are many who want to deny the truth about abortion–because the truth is hard to bear–overall, there appears to be a new conversation that has developed about abortion.
The paradox is at the same time the conversation/dialogue/discussion moved past the old euphemisms in the direction of life, the inner logic of death has also moved on to claim new victims.
As published in National Right to Life News Today on March 6, 2013: No truer words, I believe, have ever been spoken by the child of a pro-life activist than those of my daughter Olivia recently: “I wish other people knew that it was wrong to kill babies so that you wouldn’t have to be […]
As printed in National Right to Life News Today on March 7, 2013: True confession: I’ve thrown up in airports, even in an airport parking lot, once, after leaving my family (as my daughter Olivia says) “yet again” for another speaking engagement or advocacy opportunity. It’s not a pretty thing, to throw up in a […]
As published in National Right to Life’s News Today on February 20, 2013 Editor’s note. Melissa, the survivor of a “failed” saline abortion in 1977, speaks all over the world including at the last two National Right to Life Conventions. She has graciously agreed to write on occasion for National Right to Life News Today. […]