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|Let Them March||04/29/2004|
Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women, marched in Washington D.C. for "women's rights." The usual politicians and celebrities appeared, chanting the same chants and waving the same banners. They called President Bush names. Whoopi Goldberg held up a coat hanger. All in all, it was a routine demonstration; yet below the rhetoric, there was an undercurrent of panic.
The abortion movement is losing ground. In the last few years, they have been forced to take uncomfortable positions on important issues. They have come out in strong support for partial-birth abortion, a horrific procedure reminiscent of Nazi Germany. They oppose the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as Laci and Connor's law, which puts them in a position that is decidedly harmful to women. And the major organizers of the rally, such as the ACLU and NOW, have been defending women whose newborn babies suffered or died because of their mother's drug abuse. In a country where only 17% of the population favors unfettered abortion on demand, according to an October 2003 Gallup poll, these positions are clearly out of step with the general public.
Consider further the mixed message coming out of the American left as related to the war on terror. Despite the hornets' nest of terrorists, dictators and murderous thugs tormenting the population in much of the Middle East, many celebrities continuously call for an end to aggression against "innocent women and children." Several even went through the effort and expense to travel to Afghanistan and Iraq as "human shields." Yet, these very same people refuse to shield the most innocent among our own society -- the unborn. It is the height of hypocrisy to defend the demented, dangerous and deadly elements of one society while marching to kill the most helpless of all the innocents in our own society.
Furthermore, the advances in medical science continue to stack the deck against a free-for-all approach to abortion. When my 40-year-old mother conceived me out of a forced sexual relationship, she did not have the ability to view me via an ultrasound. She could not see my hands, my face, and my body. She could not hear my heartbeat. Because of her situation, she did not need a child, so she sought an abortion. Fortunately for me, her doctor refused to perform it or refer her elsewhere. Thank God that my mother's doctor was not Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin, Gloria Steinem, or John Kerry!
In a world where children are routinely born premature, late-term abortion has become more and more distasteful and unpopular. This is precisely why this most recent rally was reported in many news sources as being about "reproductive rights and contraceptive use." Last time I checked, there was no mass movement against birth control! Yet, the core abortionists know that they are on the losing side, so they attempt to expand their stage.
Hillary Clinton summed it up well when she said from the rally podium, "If all we do is march today, that will not change the direction this country is headed under this administration." Blatant political partisanship aside, she has a point. The radical left can protest all they want, but as the hearts and minds of Americans change, so will the social and political climate.
Perhaps the most poignant quote I saw from the entire spectacle came from a young girl who said, "If it wasn't for choice, I would have a child." One might speculate that she was raped, the child was grossly deformed, or her life was at risk. But her only reasoning was, "I didn't want to bring a child into the world." So, she killed it. (Notice that she actually called "it" what it was -- a child, not a "fetus.")
Americans do not like abortion as birth control. They do not like unnecessary killing. Education and technology now give prospective mothers the power to understand their choices. And more mothers are choosing life.
The pro-life movement must strive to teach women about their own bodies and the bodies in the womb. We must compassionately reach out to comfort those in difficult circumstances. We must speak the truth in love. And instead of cursing those who scream and shout in rallies across the country, we must pray for them and love them... even when they march.