While President Obama and other pro-abortion zealots celebrate the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it is important to remember the true face of “choice”: the 54 million unborn souls killed by abortion. It is a tragedy that respect for innocent human life has become so degraded in our society that an abortion takes place at an average of one every 26 seconds. But out of this culture of death springs new hope.
I had the pleasure of presenting, with Governor Mike Huckabee, the film The Gift Of Life this weekend at the Students for Life of America national conference. Two thousand pro-life leaders of the next generation sat in rapt attention, moved and motivated by the documentary’s message of the precious gift of life. On Monday, hundreds of thousands marched for life in the freezing DC rain, an overwhelming number of them young students from kindergarten to graduate school. These youth inspire me and give me optimism for the future of the pro-life movement.
These student activists are the post-Roe generation. They are the ones who survived a culture that told their mothers that they were just blobs of tissue, products of conception, or a choice. They know the truth about the effects of Roe’s terrible legacy and are inspired to take action to save the next generation.
Lila Rose, the President of Live Action who is featured in The Gift Of Life, gives voice to this sentiment when she says, “At the end of the day, I count it all as a gift and a blessing to get to do this work for life because there’s not greater cause than to fight for the lives of our unborn brothers and sisters. And I count it as a gift to get to be alive and to get to be an advocate.”
How sad that our country’s youth count themselves as lucky to be alive because they have survived Roe. They can’t help but see the prevalence of abortion and think, “There but for the grace of God go I.” After 54 million dead, they ask “What if?” and “Why?” What if my mother had not chosen me? Why did I survive while so many others did not? These haunting questions spur them to action to defend the lives of others.
Those born after 1973 have survived the womb but have lost siblings, cousins, nieces or nephews to abortion. There are empty seats at dinner tables, classrooms, and office desks because of the scourge of abortion. We will never know if the world would have turned out differently if not for the untimely deaths of the millions of unborn.
Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, is tormented by these thoughts and questions. He asks in The Gift Of Life, “Did I kill a great musician or a future president of the United States? I don’t know. Out of 1,200 abortions, who knows? Who knows what good those children would have done in the world if they were allowed to live?”
It may be too late for the 54 million lives lost over the last 39 years, but a new generation is rising to end this senseless slaughter of the innocent. The post-Roe generation has taken the torch to promote a culture that respects and celebrates the intrinsic value of every human life – and that gives me hope for a future without Roe.