October 17, 2016

Life Matters

By Carol Tobias, President NRLC

NRLC President Carol Tobias
NRLC President Carol Tobias
Bizarre. Heart-rending. Sad. Mind-boggling. Select your own adjective. To put it mildly, this election season has been one of the most unusual our country has ever seen. With just a couple weeks to go before the election, it is still inevitable that our next president will be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. We must remember that we’re in this battle because LIFE MATTERS.

More than 59 million innocent babies are dead because of legal abortion. That’s 59,000,000 lives, lives of boys and girls who are no more because the Supreme Court decided their lives have no value.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is responsible for the deaths of more than 6.7 million of those preborn babies. Why is that important? Because PPFA wants Hillary Clinton to be our next president. She wants to make sure PPFA continues to receive taxpayer funds. In addition, she wants to change the existing law so PPFA can be reimbursed by the taxpayers for killing the children of women on Medicaid.

We hear, of course, that other issues are important and we can’t be “single-issue.” Issues like poverty and child abuse. In 1978, NARAL (now NARAL-Pro-Choice America) said freely available abortion will “greatly reduce the number of unwanted children, and thereby curb the tragic rise of child abuse in our country.” That hasn’t happened. Approximately 700,000 kids are abused each year (and that doesn’t even include the one million abortions each year). Not surprisingly, reducing the value of unborn children has also reduced the value of born children.

Poverty? The numbers are falling but we still have millions of people below the official poverty line. Abortion hasn’t suddenly made people rich — unless they’re in the abortion industry.

Respect for women, or abuse of women? Many claim that women can’t be “free” until they can control their own bodies– a woman should have the “right” to kill her unborn child, a child with a body separate from her own. And yet, read any issue of National Right to Life News and you will see evidence that more and more women every year are beaten and assaulted because she won’t kill her child by abortion.

What about the untold number of women who are suffering because they regret killing their child? Depression, suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol abuse, and self-condemnation are rampant. Abortion didn’t help make their lives better.

I often think of the couple I met who got an abortion many years ago. That turned out to be their only child and they now regret having no grandchildren to enjoy. Abortion is not a cure-all for any problem. It is an end-all of the unborn child’s life.

A lot of charges of racism have been bandied about during this election. What about the racism that exists among abortion purveyors? 79% of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion centers are within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. In New York City alone, 60% of viable black pregnancies are aborted. That should certainly be part of the discussion about racism.

There are many issues, no doubt. But as Mother Teresa stated, “”We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.”

Sadly, the media matters, too

For years the media has shown bias in its reporting on pro-life issues, as well as pro-life candidates. When we hear that NBC News had the “Trump tape” for a couple of months but decided to wait until one month before the election and just prior to a debate to release it, that’s kind of a “there they go again” moment.

Pro-lifers have a natural, justified skepticism of anything they hear or read in the “mainstream” media. Why do the accusations matter when made against a Republican candidate but it wasn’t an issue when the candidate was Bill Clinton?

Media Research Center found that, over a four-day period, the major news outlets spent 198 minutes on Donald Trump’s now-famous tape but only 13 minutes on the WikiLeaks release of Clinton campaign emails.

How many people have learned that Donna Brazile, then a CNN contributor and now head of the DNC, had the exact wording of a town hall question and passed it on to the Clinton campaign prior to a debate with Bernie Sanders? How many have heard that Clinton campaign officials showed anti-Catholic bigotry or that John Podesta, chairman of Clinton’s campaign, helped to create a “Catholic” group to foment disagreement in the Catholic Church on moral issues?

The media bias continues. Last November, Hillary Clinton tweeted that “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” Yet, there was very little coverage and certainly no outcry of indignation when Joy Behar, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” called the women claiming assault by Bill Clinton “tramps.” I guess only women who fit the mold of a pro-abortion liberal have a right to be offended and defended.

Again, LIFE matters

Are all social ills caused by abortion? No. Will all social ills be cured when unborn children are again protected? No. But when a society decides to value and protect the lives of innocent, defenseless children, we will be taking a gigantic step forward in understanding that all human life is precious.

Never forget that without the right to Life, we have no other rights. There are many issues in a campaign, but when we vote, one “issue” must take precedence.

LIFE matters!