Forty-five years have passed since the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in the infamous Roe V. Wade case. According to the National Right to Life Committee, or NRLC, more than 60 million babies have been aborted since this dark day in U.S. history.
But, pro-life advocates feel hope is on the horizon. According to CBN News, pro-life activists “say a federal judiciary full of pro-life Trump appointees presents the biggest threat to abortion in decades.”
Besides a pro-life judiciary, Republican-led states are also enlisting in the fight to save the unborn by introducing new legislature to restrict abortion.
Barry Sheets is a legislative consultant for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. In an interview with the Washington Times, Sheets said contesting Roe V. Wade “factors into every piece of legislation we’re working on.” In March of 2017, Ohio introduced a bill that would completely ban abortion in the Buckeye State. Regarding the proposed legislation, Sheets remarked, “I think it definitely will be a challenge to Roe. The bill says for the purposes of Ohio law, abortion shall not be legal in any way, shape or form. I think that naturally sets up a challenge for Roe. The way we look at it, we have to give the court something to look at.”
Thankfully, lawmakers aren’t the only ones leading the effort to end the brutal practice of abortion. A survey compiled by the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement revealed 53 percent of millennials feel abortion should be against the law in all or most situations.
Mallory Quigley, Communications Director for the Susan B. Anthony List, talked with CBN News about younger people’s reasons for opposing abortion.
“We’ve grown up with ultra-sound technology, we’ve seen our mothers and aunts and sisters print out their ultra-sounds and put it on their fridge,” she said. “And what’s happening is the unborn child is welcomed and considered a member of the family long before they’re born.”
The leader of Students for Life, Kristan Hawkins, says younger people are both passionate and politically motivated. The pro-life organization consists of greater than a thousand groups at educational institutions all over the country.
“We are there every day on the campuses,” Hawkins said. “Right where the culture is formed. Right where those future voters are being created and we’re changing their minds about abortion.”
Speaking at a lunch hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List in March of 2018, United States Vice President Mike Pence revealed he had witnessed more progress in the fight to end abortion in U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in office than in his entire lifetime.
In a bold prediction, Pence said, “I know in my heart of hearts this will be the generation that restores life in America…If all of us do all we can, we can once again in our time restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law.”
During Trump’s first year in the White House, the president reversed a ban on states’ ability to defund Planned Parenthood. Trump also re-established a block on foreign health agencies benefiting from U.S. government money if they cover or promote abortion. A ban on abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year. Unfortunately, the bill died in the U.S. Senate in January of this year. Pence noted this defeat.
“Let me admonish you as we go forward in this cause in 2018 to understand while we have made great progress, we have much work left to do,” Pence added.
On March 29, 2018, Trump proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In his proclamation, the President said, “we must always remember that all children are blessings from our Creator. They are endowed from conception with value, purpose, and human dignity.”
The most recent proclamation comes on the heels of a declaration made by the President in January of this year. Proclaiming January 22, 2018 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day, Trump asked for renewed attention to “the love and protection each person, born and unborn.”
~ 1776 Christian