by Linda Powell, Georgia Right to Life
I’ve been called an extremist. I’ve been called a “right-wing Christian wacko”. I have been cursed to hell by a priest. I’ve been accused of wanting to see our church congregation “split in two.” I have been talked about behind my back by people that I thought were my friends; called names that I can’t mention in polite company.
I’m an extremist because I believe in the “Sanctity of Life”. I believe that human life needs to be protected from conception to natural death. I’m a “right-wing Christian wacko” because I believe that we have a Creator and, like the Declaration of Independence states, we are endowed by that Creator with certain inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I was cursed by the priest because I didn’t think that as Catholics, we could, in good conscience, vote for John Kerry as President because he believed in abortion-on-demand. (The priest was going to vote for him.) I was going to split our congregation in two because I was going to let all my devout, pro-life Catholic friends and parishioners know that they shouldn’t help the teens collect money for a research foundation that funds human embryonic stem cell research. Women in the Women’s Club called me names because I told them the truth of what our Church teaches about in-vitro fertilization and the “left-over” human life that is in cold storage. They didn’t like it when I described Partial Birth Abortion to them either.
So now, you will get to decide for yourself as each week I will bring you my thoughts on the political, legislative, scientific, educational and religious aspects the life issues.
The news regarding pro-life so far this political season has been mixed. One presidential candidate supports abortion-on-demand and taxpayer funded human embryonic stem cell research, and co-sponsored a bill that would effectively codify Roe v Wade into law. He also voted against, not once, but four times, in the Illinois senate, a bill that would protect a baby that survived a botched abortion. He must think that infanticide is okay because he would not have voted for the Partial Birth Abortion (PBA) Ban. He doesn’t think that parents need to be told when their teenage daughter is taken across state lines to obtain an abortion. And he thinks that taxpayer money should pay for all abortions through the Medicaid program.
The other candidate voted to oppose Roe v Wade, voted for the Hyde Amendment, voted consistently against federal funding of abortion, voted for parental notification, voted for the PBA ban, and voted to protect babies who survive abortions so that they would be given the same medical care as babies who are spontaneously born prematurely. However, he also supports our taxes going to support human embryonic stem cell research and he is in favor of abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. But, on the other hand, he also nominated a pro-life conservative as his running mate.
So what is the pro-life vote?
I heard a TV priest talk about periods of consolation and desolation this week. Sometimes during pro-life work there are periods of desolation. During times like these, I read Jeremiah. Now there was a guy who understood desolation. I can feel his pain; when it seems that God is far away and has turned His back and we are being carried along into the captivity of the godless Babylon. If you have read Jeremiah, you know that there are pages and pages of “judgments.” It’s enough to put one’s spirit in the pits along with Jeremiah himself. But, then, there is the promise, that if Jacob and Israel turn away from their wickedness, all will be well and safe and secure and prosperous. Jeremiah also prophesies the coming of the Lord to Jerusalem from the restored house of David.
Today, we are in the first full week of 40 Days for Life. We are praying and fasting for these forty days for an end to abortion. We are standing and keeping vigil outside Planned Parenthoods and other abortion mills all across the country so that we can save the moms and babies that are going into them. We believe in God’s promise to Jeremiah, that if we but turn away from our wickedness, He will restore our safety and prosperity.
Am I the only one who thinks that 35 years of killing almost 50 million womb babies might be the reason that we are not safe from terrorism, that we are not secure in our borders, and our prosperity is in serious jeopardy?
For me it is simple. It comes down to this. Do we believe that we have a Creator? And do we believe that we are endowed by that Creator to the inalienable right to life? Those are the questions. Consolation enters in when we answer “yes” unequivocally to both. Consolation enters in when we realize that we have an awesome God who will punish the wicked and reward those who turn back to Him. Consolation enters in when we demand that our political leaders stand up for the Sanctity of Life. Consolation enters in when we keep on speaking up through the name-calling and the curses.
Welcome to my world where Life Matters.