The pro-life movement will never fade away, because it is as natural as breathing. Everyone knows what it is that a mother carries in her womb, and the perfectly natural act is to bring that person to birth. Do any species other than human beings abort their unborn offspring? No society can deny nature indefinitely; Mother Nature, and “Nature’s God” in the words of Thomas Jefferson, will eventually assert themselves. You can hold your breath for a minute or two, but eventually you have to breathe. The pro-life impulse in this country is natural; it is the abortion mentality that is forced and unnatural.
I am always struck by the joy and charity of these pro-life marches, filled with young people and their indefatigable optimism. They are like World Youth Days, where two million teens can spend a week in a big city without any crime or disorder. Promoting and living what is proper to our nature brings joy to all, even those gloomy newscasters. The counter-demonstrators, by contrast, are violent, vulgar, obscene, and brutal. We walk in witness to the humanity of the unborn child, but the counter-demonstrators hurl homosexual obscenities at us. Do you get the connection? We talk life, and they talk sex. The counter-demonstrators unwittingly prove the natural link between sex and procreation, the severance of which has led to the killing of 1.2 million lives a year in our country.
Yes, we are in a world of hurt in our country, but the answer is not disrespect or violence. Some pro-life folks have gone that route, and many pro-abortion folks have gone that route. The answer is the joyful charity, the patient but firm insistence on what is natural to our species that I see every year in these marches for life. To those who have had abortions, or who have worked in the abortion industry, or promoted the culture of death in politics or education, we say: It’s never too late to rethink what we have been taught, and what we have done. It’s never too late to return to that which is natural and good.