Last weekend, women from all over the country descended on Washington, D.C., to protest newly inaugurated President Donald Trump. While Trump's alleged attitudes toward women motivated many of the marchers, make no mistake: Abortion rights were front and center.
This weekend, Washington, D.C., will host a very different sort of protest — the March for Life. This annual event, protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, has taken place every year since 1974 and draws hundreds of thousands of people.
Even so, if past is precedent, the March for Life will receive pitiful coverage compared to the Women's March, because the reminder is inconvenient: Millions of Americans believe abortion to be a grievous moral wrong.
Those who wonder at the increasing political divide in the country, the rising levels of hostility and the nonstop degeneration of popular culture might consider Mother Teresa's powerful speech at the National Prayer Breakfast 23 years ago, during President Bill Clinton's administration. She concluded her remarks that morning by saying, "Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another but to use any violence to get what they want."
Abortion advocates have spouted one falsehood after another to justify the practice: "It's just a clump of cells" (it isn't); "It's not really human" (it is). A number of marchers last weekend sported signs saying, "Abortion is a human right." That would be news to the small human beings whose lives are snuffed out — half of whom are female, by the way.
The advent of ultrasound made the humanity of the unborn child visible to all — and even converted Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who performed abortions, to the pro-life side.
Those who want the law to protect life — as well as those who defend life — know we dodged a bullet when Hillary Clinton was defeated. It's no secret there are those who want abortion to be "covered care" within the meaning of the Affordable Care Act.
President Barack Obama laid the groundwork with his Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring employers to pay for employees' contraception — even when doing so violated the employers' deeply held religious beliefs. Dozens of organizations sued.
The Little Sisters of the Poor took their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. But the issues behind these cases are far from decided.
Trump — not previously known for his pro-life stances — apparently intends to keep his promise. Less than a week into his presidency, he signed an executive order that prevents U.S. funds from going to international aid organizations that perform or promote abortions as part of "family planning."
The U.S. House of Representatives also passed legislation this week that would permanently deny federal tax dollars from going to fund abortion.
The pro-life movement hopes Trump's nominee to fill Scalia's seat will be someone who is receptive to religious freedom arguments in opposition to recent state laws passed in California and Illinois requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to refer patients for abortions.
At the end of the day, however, the work to end abortion cannot be confined to the realm of law and public policy. Every woman facing an unplanned or difficult pregnancy needs love and support. Crisis pregnancy centers across the country know how to deliver that support.
Our wonderful Women's Care Centers here in Indiana proudly attest that 97 percent of the women they see who are considering abortion will choose to bring their pregnancies to term when their emotional and physical needs are met.