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The Engine that drives the Pro-Life Movement

by | Oct 15, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

We are 22 days out from an election of momentous importance. We here at the NRLC office in Washington, DC are doing everything in our power to educate the American people about the vast differences between pro-life Mitt Romney and pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

But we are keenly aware that grassroots pro-lifers all around this great nation are the most influential educators. You are the foundation upon which this great human rights Movement is built. Yet you do not get nearly the credit you deserve.

And I thought of you over the weekend when as I occasionally do I pulled up a video that I’ve shared with many people. It’s found at and is titled, “The Invisible Woman.”


In the six-minute video taken from a speech at a women’s conference, Nicole Johnson gently reminds us of something that we know but often forget: that the contributions of mothers are so easily overlooked. Moms can become, in Mrs. Johnson’s word, “invisible.”

For our purposes as pro-lifers (and for me, as the writer of this blog), there are two primary applications. I get paid to do something that–were I able to–I’d do for free: work with members of the greatest Movement for social justice of our time using the skills that God gave me. How blessed is that?!

But I am hardly “invisible.” A lot of people receive what I compose Monday through Saturday at National Right to Life News Today and many others run across it searching for information on abortion. That is on top of the 350,000+ readers who receive our newspaper, the National Right to Life News. Pro-lifers write me every day to say overly kind things.

However I never, ever forget that what I do has whatever influence it has strictly and entirely because of you. National Right to Life News Today and National Right to Life News make a difference to the extent that they help equip you, grassroots America, to do the kind of out-of-the-spotlight work that is gradually changing the culture of America.

And that, of course, applies not just to my small piece of the pie, but to all the departments at National Right to Life. Make no mistake, you are the engine that drives this Movement.

Mrs. Johnson’s other application to us as pro-lifers is her use of the imagery of a cathedral. She tells the story of a friend who had returned from a trip abroad and gave her a book about the great Cathedrals of Europe.

Mrs. Johnson said that in the days that followed she would “devour” the book. From it she drew “four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work.” They are,

* No one can say who built the great cathedrals — we have no record of their names.

* These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.

* They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.

*The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

Mrs. Johnson came to appreciate that she was building a strong, loving family–-a “Cathedral”-–that would not be finished in her lifetime. I will never forget what she said: “You can’t see right now what it will become.”

I find an exact parallel in you-–the people who make our Movement–-and what you are building.

Your day in and day out, year in and year out sacrifices are helping to erect a vibrant, ever-growing, and, in the end, unstoppable force for good—a pro-life “Cathedral,” if you will.

No right-to-lifer that I have met expected credit for his or her selflessness. You toil in the vineyards faithfully–-even though it is the nature of what you are building that right now, that you cannot see “what it will become”–-because laboring on behalf of unborn babies and their mothers is the right thing to do.

And whether you are publicly acclaimed–as you should be–or overlooked, what matters is that your life-affirming work is seen by the One who matters.

Let me end with the last paragraph of an excerpt from a small book Mrs. Johnson wrote, “The Invisible Woman.” Since our Movement is comprised largely of women, substituting “right-to-lifers” for “mothers” seems only right.

“As right-to-lifers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible right-to-lifers.”

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