We March Today, but We Fight for Babies Every Day

Today is the 49th March for Life—a day for pro-lifers to come together and peacefully march to show our solidarity with and give voice to preborn babies.

Since Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion in 1973, our country has seen an incredible division that has gotten worse with each passing day.

Women scream for the “right” to abortion. Organizations like Planned Parenthood prey on minority and vulnerable women who feel alone and scared because of a surprise pregnancy. Abortion clowns make light of a baby’s death. Even our country’s leader—who claims to be Catholic—seems to bend over backward to ensure that women have access to abortion.

When we take a moment to sit and truly think about the atrocity of killing a preborn baby, we can’t help but feel disgusted, saddened, and even perplexed. Disgusted and saddened because a baby dies. In some abortions, he is ripped apart and then must be reassembled so the doctor can make sure that all his body parts are out of his mother. The child has become a macabre jigsaw puzzle.

And perplexed because, for those of us who fight every day to protect both moms and babies, we just can’t fathom how people can cheer for this heinous crime against humanity.

We understand that women are scared, that they lack resources, that they lack support, and that they may even lack a place to live. These are all real concerns. That is why there is so much help out there—help you don’t even have to look hard to find! Pregnancy resource centers are all over. A simple Google search will bring up many local organizations that will help a mom in a crisis pregnancy.

Those who are pro-abortion like to spread the lie that pro-lifers only care about the baby until he’s born and that we abandon the mother afterward. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Most pregnancy resource centers give mothers free diapers, food, clothing, toys, and even a place to stay or money to help with rent. In addition, they offer parenting classes, job training, and other ways to help a mom become independent and take care of herself and her baby.

Why do they do this? It’s simple. Love.

The very definition of love means wanting what’s best for the other person. Pro-lifers want what is best for both mom and baby.

Can you say the same for those who facilitate abortions? Do they love the women who come into the clinic scared and alone? Do they love the women whose eyes are filled with tears because they are so conflicted about what to do? Do they want only good for these women?

The answer to these questions is a resounding no.

Abortion clinics take money to kill a baby then send the mother on her way, never to think of her again. They simply usher in the next person and kill her baby too.

And for nearly 50 years, this practice has not only been allowed but promoted—in the news, on TV shows, on social media, and even in schools.

Yes, schools. They used to be safe places to send kids so they could expand their minds; learn history, math, English, and science; make friends; and grow to be a productive member of society.

But, today, many schools have become places of indoctrination where kids aren’t taught to think. They’re not taught morality. In certain states, they’re even encouraged to keep secrets from their parents, as students are made aware of the laws that allow a minor to get an abortion without her parent’s consent. Think about how distorted this is: In New York, for example, a minor can get an abortion without her parent’s consent, but she cannot get her ears pierced without their consent.

If we are ever going to win the battle against abortion, we need better education, not education that turns the child and parent against each other. We need education that teaches the sanctity of all people and that works in cooperation with parents. Just look at what parents in Michigan are up against. In a recent tweet about public school, Michigan Democrats wrote: “Not sure where this ‘parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids’ is originating, but parents do have the option to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire.” It further stated that “public education teaches kids what society ‘needs them to know.’”

What does society “need” our kids to know? That abortion is normal and that people can do what they want when they want.

But those things don’t come out of love. They come out of fear and selfishness. And if we don’t wake up, this will be the story in every school district in our nation.

If we ever are to turn our culture from one of death to a culture of life, we must continue to love, and we must educate out of this love.

When we provide an education that is born of love, we create a society that wants to continue to love all of its members—born and preborn. We create a society that values each and every person. We create a society that helps others see that they matter and that what they do matters.

So, as we march today, or as we watch the march on TV, let us think about the one word that made it all happen: love.

That is why we march today, and that is why we fight for babies every day.


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Susan Ciancio

Susan Ciancio is the editor of Celebrate Life Magazine and executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program.