On Jan. 22, thousands of pro-life activists gathered in Washington, D.C., despite the dangerously cold weather, to participate in the annual March for Life. They were joined by approximately 500 Franciscan University of Steubenville students. In the past, media coverage of the March for Life has been scarce, but in an article on Jan.22, The Washington Post called the March for Life “the largest pro-life demonstration worldwide.” The Washington Times also recognized the pro-life movement as significant because of the number of young adults passionately fighting for legal rights for the unborn.
Indeed, it is the youth who make the pro-life movement unique. But another important and quickly growing element of the pro-life movement is an emphasis on being pro-all life.
Most people have heard the arguments from those who oppose the pro-life movement. One of the most notable is that pro-life supporters do not care about children already born or about the women and men who have been hurt by abortion. Statistically, this isn’t true. In an article on LifeNews.com, the Ohio Right to Life organization is commended for their efforts to protect the needy: “In one year alone, Ohio PHCs gave out nearly 900,000 diapers to moms in need. And here’s the real kicker: those numbers are from only 50 PHCs — in other words, a mere quarter of Ohio centers — this is in addition to the baby formula, baby clothes, maternity clothes, children’s books, cribs, car seats and parenting classes that they provide to mothers.”
This year, let’s not forget that the most powerful weapon of the pro-life movement is compassion. Living a life that serves both the unborn and the born is necessary in order to create a culture of life in the United States.
Volunteering your time or donating supplies and money to organizations that care for disenfranchised moms, dads, and children — along with actively working to inform others about the evil of abortion — are all connected. They all work toward the same goal. Loving others first is how to open their ears to the evil of abortion.
Speak out about the real meaning of the words “pro-life”, and its call to become better stewards, more loving neighbors, and better people and the rest will follow. The pro-life movement, properly understood, is a seamless garment protecting the inherent dignity of all human life.