Hope in the midst of FOCAAbortion, Domestic Policy — By Rachel Motte on January 22, 2009 at 12:37 am
It’s well known that President Obama is staunchly pro-abortion, despite his claim that questions about the issue are ‘above his pay grade.’ His pledge that “the first thing I’d do as president is to sign the Freedom of Choice Act” is also well known. And it’s known that this legislation would basically render all existing abortion restriction laws null and void. What is perhaps less well-known is the fact that we in the pro-life movement are at a vitally important juncture: if we despair now, as many are tempted to do, we may do just as much damage as the new legislation proposes to do. On the other hand, if we hold fast faithfully and cheerfully, we can still win this.
It goes without saying that this is a devastating blow. Millions of irreplaceable human souls will be thrown away, millions of mothers will learn too late the consequences of what they have done, and the pro-life activists who have fought in the courts and in the legislatures for so long will be faced anew with the temptation to despair. We have already lost some good people in the wake of this news, and we’ll probably lose more – which is why it so imperative that we not give up.
There are still many, many things you and I can do to help the women and children who find themselves in seemingly impossible situations. There is still hope, and it is vitally important that we not give in to the sin of despair.
Thursday marks the 36th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. What a wonderful opportunity for pro-lifers to encourage one another and to be an effective witness to those in Washington, especially this week! If you can’t attend this event, do be encouraged by the fact that so many people are working together to try to bless the women and children who have been affected by abortion.
You can participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign without even leaving your home. You can also contact your local Crisis Pregnancy Center for more information about specific things you can do to make a difference.
If you have undergone an IVF procedure and have embryos remaining that you cannot bring to term, or if you are infertile and would like to have a chance to give birth, you should be aware of the existence of embryo adoption. I’ve met children who had been frozen as embryos for years before they were born, and they were lovely people, absolutely indistinguishable from other children. Why not give more of these frozen little ones a chance at life out here?
You can also sign the “Fight FOCA” petition online – after all, this legislation has not passed yet! Contact your senators and representatives and let them know what you think. This seems like a small thing, but it isn’t.
There are many more things you can do to help the women and children who need our help – too many to list here. This is far from over – remember that!