NOV 2012 – Roll Up Your Sleeves…

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES, WE HAVE WORK TO DO…

“We have work to do.”

That was the first line of an email from a respected Pro-Life organization, received early Wednesday morning. It rubbed me the wrong way because I didn’t need a reminder of something that I was aware of since late that previous day.

The following line stated that the “most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history was re-elected.” Again, already knew that.

Backing up a bit, I spent much of election night pondering how the outcome might effect the future of our country and my children, but also those who spend so much of our time trying to convince a seemingly uninterested public that abortion an abhorrent, inhumane practice that uses brutal methods to accomplish a specific end—the death of a viable yet unwanted human fetus; that women do not have the right to kill their preborn child nor does a physician under any circumstance; and that laws protecting this supposed ‘right’ are contrary the dignity of the human person and are in direct opposition to our Constitutionally protected ‘Right To Life.’

We already spend ourselves stating the obvious to what often seems like increasing indifference, and I pondered the state of things into the wee hours. We certainly have work to do.

I began reexamining my own theories about the miss-perceptions, distractions and ruses concocted by abortion zealots and the possibility that even if the public did fully understand the reality of abortion, that perhaps we have arrived at a place where it no longer matters. Sometimes the ‘finger in the hole of a crumbling dam’ feeling can get the best of us, and especially in times of epic dismay.

I’m sure that NARAL, NOW, Planned Parenthood and Miss Fluke are absolutely giddy with joy. I guess you roll with the punches and I’m certainly not ready to throw in the towel because future lives are counting on us to do the job our government won’t—protect preborn children.

Yet things weren’t always so bleak and there was a time when the human fetus (and people with disabilities) saw real hope and change. Hearing Mr. Bush’s name over and over again reminded me of the significant gains the Right To Life movement made under his administration. We had work to do then and much of it bore fruit in the form of valuable and important legislation such as:

  • The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act…
  • …And the appointment of two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court (Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito) who voted to uphold the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act when it was legally challenged (imagine the weasel attorney, or attorneys, litigating to have this horrendous procedure reinstated)
  • The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Laci and Conner’s Law)
  • The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act
  • The Mexico City Policy (which denied Federal funding – a.k.a. taxpayer money – of abortions in Mexico)
  • Denied Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research that destroyed human embryos
  • Issued a regulation recognizing an unborn child as a “child” eligible for health services under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
  • Backed a U.S. ban on human cloning, and included language in the Convention Treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (protects persons with disabilities from being denied food, water and medical care)


Love or hate Mr. Bush, the movement gained much needed ground. But the question is: Can we keep it?

You can learn a lot about a man by his priorities. When Mr. Obama took office he immediately repealed the Mexico City Policy so that federal money can (again) fund abortions south of the border. The reintroduction of el derecho de elegir (the right to choose) didn’t insult the Hispanic community more than Mr. Romney’s immigration remarks, which is hard to understand. His campaign rhetoric is not policy that has resulted the actual destruction of human life.

While promoting ‘comprehensive’ Sex Ed back in 2008, President Obama remarked that (speaking about his two daughters) “I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” Punished with a baby? Mr. President, that’s your grandchild you are alluding to having aborted! But then I guess all aborted children were somebody’s grandchild.

Yet this is the exact mentality that is driving the hostile attitudes toward pregnancy and the preborn child. And the last place we need it originating from is the Oval Office! What message does this send to a younger audience—to womenour country—the world? I think one of our tasks is to pray for Mr. Obama’s change of heart regarding his position on abortion and contraception. That said, we have work to do.

While the ‘disengaged’ won’t notice the increasing abortion undertone in politics, our concerns are far from unfounded with all things considered. Remember that prominent speaking positions at the Democratic National Convention were given to Sandra Fluke, poster girl for free contraceptives and Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood America. There is no denying that a growing segment of the public is embracing the secular ideas and reoccurring themes at the convention and during the campaign, a pro-abortion platform that proved to be a winning strategy.

What might we expect over the next 4 years..? In the immediate; more taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions (but NOT mammograms, for the record) as well as an expansion of funding for abortions in Mexico and abroad. We will see the HHS mandate aggressively pursued (with the Fed being sued by multiple Catholic institutions). We may even see a repeal on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, or at least an attempt. Much will depend on the pulse of the public and if were ready to go further down that road. Or maybe it will be an all out, pedal to the metal push forward

Do I think that we are going to start feeding Christians to lions? Doubtful (the food of choice would be human fetuses based on the intentional violence they are already subjected to). Are we going to descend into madness with an abortion drive-through on every corner? Not likely. We’ve had setbacks before and we keep marching onward. However, it would be a huge mistake if this recent setback were taken lightly due to Mr. Obama’s coziness with the abortion industry. You can also learn a lot by the company a man keeps.

Speaking of marching, I predict that the 2013 March For Life in our nation’s Capital will see record attendance by those who are also keeping score. The ‘Lamestream’ media will predictably downplay the spectacle choosing to instead focus the handful of kooks that always turn out in protest, and then exaggerate the numbers of a marginally attended pro-abortion rally in the months to follow.

Election 2012 meant a great deal to those concerned with protecting preborn human life, and we were justifiably disappointed. But darkness shall not overcome Light and through our combined efforts and persistence, we could very well be the catalyst that brings an end to abortion and the killing of innocent children. It’s more than just wishful thinking—it’s real hope and change for the future.

Enough talk already, we have work to do.

 

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