A very large storm is brewing in D.C. and it has nothing to do with the weather. For the first time, a coalition of seven organizations is joining forces to bring a hoped-for 800,000 women to march on the Mall in D.C. in support of abortion rights. There is a great sense of urgency to this march in response to recent pro-life victories such as the ban on partial-birth abortion and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Advocates include all the usual groups such as the National Organization for Women, The American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood.
There is, however, one more group that is neither a women’s group nor a civil-rights group lending its muscle to the event. It’s the National Education Association. That’s right, the very institution charged with the care and education of our children is co-sponsoring this month’s march for abortion by providing a hospitality center and bus rides for participants.
Does this make any sense? First of all, abortion is not an educational issue. Second, they’re backing an event bent on destroying the lives of would-be students. Clearly the NEA support is both illogical and ironic.
That aside, this march on the Mall is the first major rally in 12 years by abortion-right activists. It is also the first time a coalition has put its organizational muscle behind such an event.
So what is the reason for the Herculean effort? The answer is panic and fear. Abortion advocates actually think history may be at a turning point for a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.
Even as I write, there are three trials under way in U.S. district courts in California, Nebraska and New York involving a challenge to the national ban on partial-birth abortion. This is the ban approved by Congress last fall and signed into law by President Bush.
The defense of the ban on partial-birth abortion rests on an unprecedented three-point argument that partial-birth abortion is never medically necessary; the procedure itself is unsafe; and according to medical experts, the partially born child experiences pain as its head and limbs are torn from its body during the life-ending procedure.
The obvious goal of those defending the ban is to bring an end to the horrible torture and death of unborn children through partial-birth abortion by convincing the court that the ban is constitutional. Both sides expect the pro-life position to finally win.
Still, the message this rally will send to legislators and women everywhere will bolster abortionist views, if only temporarily.
So where is the pro-life response?
Well, most of it will be at homes across America where moms, like me, will be taking care of our kids, running to the grocery store for milk or Target for potty-training amenities, all while our husbands head for the Home Depot to get lawn-care products. If we’re lucky and the weather is nice, we might all get outside for a short trip to the beach or the park.
So how will the other side to the abortionist views be heard over the voices of 800,000 women gathered at the Mall?
They will be heard in all the same places I just described. Because spending time with our children is what convinces them of their value to us. And what better way to pass our values on to them?
Turns out an added benefit of family time is that children’s political views often reflect those of their parents (at least on average). That means the very practice of abortion by liberals is depleting the next generation of abortion advocates. How’s that for irony?
Even today, teens are much more pro-life than adults. According to a 2003 Gallup Youth Survey, most teens (aged 13 to 17) do not consider abortion to be a morally acceptable choice. Truth is the pro-abort message has always misrepresented the majority opinion in this nation. The life of the unborn child, like every child born, is precious and worth protecting.
Another reason for the growing shift for life is undoubtedly linked to technology. In short, science is also changing the debate. The well-documented, step-by-step development of the child, startling advances of DNA technology and pictures provided by 4D ultrasound lead more and more to just one conclusion – that life begins at conception.
Sure the “squishy” legal status of the unborn child still muddies the water. Yes, the voices of 800,000 women clamoring for the death of unborn children will be loud and unsettling. But when the chaos fades and the last bus leaves, the calm of the night will come and we who stayed home will put our children to bed with a hug and a kiss.
At the same time, there will be many women who attended that march who, without jeering crowds, picket signs and frenzied media support, will lie in the dark and hear a still small voice of truth deep inside their heart. They will cry themselves to sleep from loneliness, heartache or worse – the physical and emotional torment they suffer from their part in the unthinkable.