In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, our country is reeling once again from an atrocious injustice against human life. Terrorism unveils evil to us and it is so ugly. We mourn the loss of those irreplaceable human beings whose lives were cut short on June 12, 2016, and we wonder what ideology could possibly motivate a man to commit such violence against us. Tragedy has a way of reminding us of the tremendous value of life.
The pro-life movement bears a peaceful message in our troubled world. Year after year, we promote the truth that human lives matter. Each human life is profoundly significant! Human value comes from our identity (who we are) and not from our utility (what we can do). We support non-violence and coexistence. We recognize human dignity in both the child developing in the womb, as well as the mother carrying that child. We assist this family unit, mother and child to co-exist, especially in stressful, unfortunate, and even dire circumstances. Furthermore, we recognize the basic human right to life of all — whether disabled or “imperfect” (which means us all) or elderly or terminally ill.
Our great nation is a pluralistic society made up of individuals who adopt different beliefs and strategies, and yet we remain one nation under God, dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While pro-lifers vehemently disagree with pro-death ideology and behaviors, we completely reject violence in the name of our message. We uphold everyone’s right to life, and recognize the inherent human dignity of our philosophical and political opponents.
Whether it be abortionists or abortion advocates, like Bernard Nathanson, who was responsible for tens of thousands of abortions, or abortion clinic workers, such as Abby Johnson, or the woman at the center of the Roe v. Wade case, Norma McCorvey, the pro-life movement readily welcomes all those who turn away from destructive behavior. We continue to seek out those in need of help or healing. Just look to the compassionate souls in 40 Days for Life, and in post-abortion ministry, like Project Rachel.
Life is a precious journey, from the very beginning at conception to the very end at natural death. We all deserve the chance to develop, to learn, to love, and to fulfill our ultimate purpose. May we continue, dear friends, to pray, join together, and speak the truth in love to protect life for all!