March for Life: Pregnancy not a disease —Planned Parenthood un-American…
(CUSA) – I went to Washington D.C. with tens of thousands of people to march for life, braving the winter storm to show the world that life has value.
I was delighted to march alongside so many for a cause so just. The pro-life/abortion debate will define my generation.
We pro-life supporters must engage and be active; we must step into the fray to change the mindset on life. This change must occur at a culture level before it can occur at a legislative level.
Our goal is for abortion to be unthinkable in a civilized society.
Abortion is legal and accepted as a legitimate birth control option for many. This is a disturbing reality. We are the greatest country in the world, yet we sit by idly while one million babies are aborted each year.
Our country was founded on a set of values; values not given by man, but by our Creator; values that should be reflected in our own lives.
The United States of America is the greatest idea this world has ever seen; an idea that has been tested and tried and continues to set the standard for the entire globe.
We hold these truths to be self–evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I love these words. I love the hearts of the Founders; Founders who believed in a Creator; Founders who believed that everyone had value and worth.
Do these truths and unalienable rights pertain to the unborn? Are they strong enough to penetrate the womb? Do they reach the side streets of America? Would Planned
Parenthood dare to hang the Declaration of Independence in their lobby? These are questions that must be answered if we want to see a change in our society.
I hold a great deal of respect for this document and our founding, but we have drifted off course. We tout the freedom and liberty of this country, yet refuse that freedom and liberty to one million people every single year. One million little boys and girls.
Is this where we want to be? A country and society that sees very little value in life?
We must seek to change the narrative. Pregnancy is not a punishment or a disease that can be eradicated. Pregnancy is a blessing that produces a life; a life that deserves a chance to make a difference and an impact on society.
While marching on January 22nd, I heard a chant that went something like this, “Hey Obama! Your mama chose life!” This chant may be crass, but this chant has some truth. President Obama’s mother did choose life and gave him the opportunity to chart his own course and ultimately become president of the greatest country in the world.
Life has value. This should be understood. This must be the case if we are to see a change in policy and thought.
When the thinkable becomes unthinkable in a civilized society the legislative process tends to mirror that. This happened with slavery, women’s suffrage, and civil rights.
This can happen with life as well if we stand together in one voice calling for change.
Andrew Wood serves as the Executive Director of Hope Resource Center, a non-profit reproductive health clinic in Knoxville, TN.