The 41st annual March for Life is taking place in Washington DC today.
I’m a reluctant activist. I’m not sure that marches are the best way to win hearts and minds. Yet, for various reasons I have taken my stand in the public square, joining forces with those who oppose abortion.
I attended the 2013 event in DC and made my stand with Heartbeat International on behalf of the pregnancy help movement which is daily offering women love and support in a time of need. That’s me in the pink hoodie.
A year earlier, I marched in Georgia in 2012 as a memorial for my child lost to abortion.
Both events were eye-opening. Other than our banner depicted above, at both of these events, everywhere I looked I saw only signs picturing the children.
I wondered What about the women? Would a young woman making choices about her relationships and her future see this as a friendly crowd in tune with her needs?
There were those expressing postabortion regret, but overall it seemed these events were all about the babies. The March has taken action to amend that this year. The March for Life Education and Defense Fund website states their purpose:
We march for moms and babies. Abortion not only snuffs out a life filled with potential, it harms a mother emotionally, psychologically and physically. We embrace every woman and child with hope for happier tomorrows.
Yes! Activism on behalf of the unborn must equally voice concern for the women. But will abortion proponents correct their lopsided message?
President Obama today issued a statement in support of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade:
Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
Do you see who’s missing in Obama’s utopian statement?
What about the “child health” of the child before birth? Why are they not somehow included in “all our children”?
I’ve been called extreme for my position against abortion. But how extreme is it to deny that pregnancy means the existence of a child? Or to deny any and every unwanted child his or her right to exist? And to deny any and every father a voice in the life or death of his child? Women cannot flourish in a vaccuum where our so-called rights are secured at the expense of children and men. It works against the natural order. And it’s unjust.
I learned this the hard way. Legal abortion makes women both victims and victimizers. And nobody should have that right.
Here I take my stand.