This past weekend, the 49th annual March for Life took place in Washington, D.C. bringing thousands to rally for the unborn. This is the one protest march where all attendees are gathered not for their own sakes, but for the rights of others, the voiceless unborn. As the most selfless march takes place, the mainstream media are mostly silent, focusing their gongs on anything else. Few but prolife outlets will mention the march as being the largest attended peaceful protest in the country. With musical performances, worship, speakers, and many youth groups bearing signs, this gathering speaks volumes for support of pregnant women and their babies.
The movement has only grown over the years despite the growing number of abortions performed daily throughout the world being over 125,000. Who knows what those lives could have accomplished? Cures for diseases, sustainable energy, peaceful leaders… we’ll never know. Thousands of lives snuffed out every hour in the name of convenience. Roughly less than 12% of women are under 20 years old, and only 3% reported ending their pregnancies due to health concerns with the baby. With the claim the nearly 1 in 4 women will have an abortion by age 45, we need to change the stigma.
Marches and protests are helpful, but that can’t be our only weapon. Resources are a great help and need to be publicized. Groups like Live Action, Human Defense, and Care Net are out there among many others and they’re making a big difference in women’s lives and saving children. Most resources will connect with other resources, so working together, those places will assure pregnant women of any age or position receive all the possible support they could need.
For women who have already gone through an abortion, healing is available through groups like Project Rachel. As Catholics, we need to be open, loving, and forgiving to all, no matter the situation. No one is out of reach of God’s love, nor should any one person judge another for a decision made in haste or under pressure or fear. By approaching this topic with love and kindness, we can promote healing and change hearts one at a time.
While all these avenues are incredibly important and should be supported and shared, perhaps the most important factor for the future is education. We must educate young men and women alike to the truth of abortion and offer answers to all those fears that drive a person to kill an unborn child. We must not be afraid to speak the truth! Parents should be open to teaching their children and educators, especially in religious education, should not be afraid to challenge the mainstream. We’re Catholic afterall and prolife preaching should be second nature! (Jeremiah 1:5)