As the media exploded with speculation and accusation in the wake of the murders in Colorado Springs last Friday, I couldn’t help but be struck by a sad irony.
Pro-lifers stand for life. Abortion advocates by definition stand for death. They dress up the process in words like “choice” and “healthcare,” but the entire aim of abortion is to kill a child. Whatever the reason given for the “choice,” the unavoidable intended outcome of abortion is death.
Pro-abortion activists and media pundits sought to blame the actions of a mentally unstable man on “hateful rhetoric” of the pro-life movement. But I’m not backing down calling abortion what it is, and neither should you.
I despise violence. In 40-plus years of watching what abortion has done to babies, women, men and this nation, I know violence breeds violence and destruction. In one voice, leaders of the pro-life movement condemned the violence in Colorado Springs and offered prayers for the victims and their families. Still, the blame was laid at their feet. After the mass shooting in San Bernardino yesterday, the power of prayer was mocked. “God Isn’t Fixing This,” the headlines blared.
Our message against abortion has been wrapped in love. “Love them both” is a phrase widely used by pro-life groups literally around the world. It embraces not only unborn babies but their mothers as well. We reach out to post-abortive women burdened by regret and guilt. Our embrace is wider than ever as we’ve recognized what abortion does to fathers, grandparents and siblings. Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers gather every year in cities across the country to march in peaceful protest and pray. Where truth needs telling, we tell it.
And truth is the sticking point for those who love abortion.
The truth is, abortion’s violent and gruesome. Advocates of abortion want us to slink away in silence because they know the truth of abortion’s lethal brutality turns public opinion against them.
This week my good friend Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, made an impassioned statement that pro-life leaders will not retreat in capitulation when told to curtail our bold stand for LIFE. Father Frank said, “Planned Parenthood—and the abortion industry generally—are dismembering and decapitating little children on a daily basis, and for a profit. We describe abortion that way because that is how medical textbooks describe it.”
Father Frank is right! He goes on to quote ugly and graphic words used to describe abortion by the US Supreme Court and a late-term abortionist himself.
Those who champion abortion but never see it, like politicians and “journalists,” intentionally cover their eyes and ears. They don’t want to know what happens. They don’t want to acknowledge the state-sanctioned violence they applaud. They don’t want to consider what the celebrated culture of death has done to this country.
So they blame the messenger.
They said “hateful rhetoric” by the pro-life movement caused Robert Dear to shoot three people in Colorado Springs. Google that phrase. It’s everywhere now. We know for sure that one of the dead, Officer Garrett Swasey, was not only pro-life but also a pastor. When the shooting started, he didn’t refuse to help because the place was Planned Parenthood. He deliberately put himself in harm’s way to save people in the abortion business. That’s not hate. That’s love.
In another era of national anguish, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted this: “A time comes when silence is betrayal,” and he added, “We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. . . . For we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.”
The light of truth via spoken and written words, the legislative process, peaceful protest—and the power of prayer—are mighty weapons, and we pro-lifers will not apologize for using them. In fact, we would betray the sanctity of life if we did.
Yours for life, truth and courage,
President, Life Issues Institute
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