Friday, January 18, 2019, marked the 46th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. It is the largest annual gathering of pro-life advocates in the world with crowds regularly in the hundreds of thousands.
The massive crowds braved the cold of a D.C. January to help defend the first unalienable human right in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life.
Defending Life from the White House
Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence made a surprise appearance at the March. He spoke briefly and introduced President Trump who spoke live remotely from the White House.
President Trump reiterated his support for the right to life.
When we look into the eyes of a newborn child we see the beauty of the human soul and the majesty of God’s creation, we know that every life has meaning and every life is worth protecting. I will always protect the first right in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life.
Trump has so far proved to be the most pro-life president since Ronald Reagan. He has stood solidly for life in both speech and action.
One prominent example is Trump’s expansion of an important Reagan administration creation, the Mexico City Policy.
This policy came into being in 1984. It then blocked federal funding for international non-profit NGOs, or Non-Governmental Organizations if they provide abortion services, counseling, referrals, or advocated for legal abortion or expanded abortion services.
Originally the policy covered U.S. funding just for family planning programs overseas. In 2017 President Trump expanded this to include restrictions on funding for all health-related programs.
That act took all federal funding away from Planned Parenthood International wherever it operated outside the United States.
Defending Life with Science
The theme of the March was “Unique.” It stressed the uniqueness of each human being from the point of conception onward.
When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, the justices appealed to a lack of knowledge about the beginnings of life to help explain the decision.
We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer. [410 U.S. 113, 160]
The phrase “at this point in the development of man’s knowledge,” concedes that at some future point, greater knowledge will be able to resolve the question of when life does begin.
Four and a half decades later, science has resolved the question of when human life begins. Each person is a unique human being at the point of conception and develops as a unique person until death whether that occurs inside or outside of the womb.
Science has long told us that once the chromosomes from the male sperm and female egg unite, a new human being comes into being. The advances in sonogram technology give us a high definition 3D rendition of the unborn child in the womb.
Science has taught us what we have all naturally known since humanity has existed. Our very language has betrayed our knowledge.
After all, when a woman is pregnant, we do not ask her when the ‘fetus’ will arrive. We don’t ask if the “blob of tissue” (as Planned Parenthood says) is a boy or girl.
Defending Life with Compassion for Women
One fruit of this era in the Pro-Life movement has been the emergence and advocacy for women who are victims of abortion. Groups such as “Silent No More,” stress the devastation abortion inflicts on the mothers.
It is truly said that there are two victims of every abortion, one dead and one wounded. Georgette Forney was one who wrote about why she chooses to attend the March each year as a part of the “Silent No More” campaign.
I march for the 56 million babies who have died by abortion, including my baby. …I also march for all the women who should be marching with us but cannot do so. Some women won’t ever march with us because they have died from abortion or suicide afterwards. In the US, 31% of women suffer from health complications after their abortions.[i] Additionally, suicide rates among women who have had abortions are six times higher that women who have given birth.[ii] Some women can’t march with us because they are dealing with physical complications, while others struggle from emotional complications. …[iii] Finally, there are many still locked in silence, afraid of judgment, bearing shame and guilt, feeling alone, and unsure if anyone cares. I march because I want these women to know I care, and there is an organized group of us who care. We carry signs that bear the truth “I Regret My Abortion,” and we share testimonies that explain the reality of abortion and the hope and healing we have found.
Defending Life on the Street
The National March for Life is not the only such annual gathering in America. Each state has their own version of the March at state capitols around the country.
The Nebraska version is the state Walk for Life at the state Capitol building in Lincoln. This year it takes place Saturday, January 26th. The thousands in Lincoln stand in solidarity with the other 49 states and those estimated 100,000 that attended the national March.
All of the public demonstrations represent real grassroots efforts across America to implement the pro-life ministry for those who need it. One of those efforts includes the organization Care Net.
Care Net is one of the largest networks of pregnancy care centers in North America. They support centers that supply pregnant women in crisis with counseling, supplies, and pre-natal care free of cost, as an alternative to abortion.
Mission – Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through our life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, churches, organizations, and individuals.
This is an effort on the ground with real families and saving children by giving hope to women. This author has been privileged to serve as a Board member and volunteer at our local Care Net affiliate in past years.
Defending Life with Prayer
Another grassroots pro-life effort is the 40 Days for Life campaign held twice a year around the globe. 40 Days for Life has been enormously successful in saving children and mothers from abortion through changing minds.
Since 2007, over 15,000 documented cases of babies alive because of this campaign are evidence of the power of prayer. Hundreds of abortion centers all over the world have been closed because of staunch believers petitioning the LORD for life.
Prayer is more essential than ever to defend life against the extreme efforts of pro-abortion zealots. Those efforts came to horrible success in State of New York where it is now legal to abort a child at any time and for any reason until the moment of birth.
This grotesque law is an affront to God and an expression of Leftist’s diabolic desires for death. Buck Sexton put it well on his January 24th podcast.
It is not an exaggeration to say that this is satanic, and that this is the greatest moral stain on this country since slavery. I think that is a moral and ethical fact.
Sexton is correct in assessing the demonic nature of the pro-death Left. Which makes it all the more imperative to engage in prayer as a prime weapon against them.
The 40 Days campaigns are bolstered by other prayer actions such as the National Life Chain held each October. This peaceful, silent, prayerful hour-long protest happens in cities large and small around the country.
Sexton went on to note that the present situation in New York City is horrible,
Where one in three babies overall are being aborted and more babies from the African-American community are aborted than born.
It is time for the prayer warriors of the Christian community to join the battle in earnest today. Moreover, let that prayer empower us to act for life and against the pro-death goals of the Left.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal