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What animates Pro-Lifers to fight on?

by | Nov 19, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

On the way into work this morning, I caught a few minutes of a syndicated radio talk show where the host asked the question (in effect) how many people are so burnt out from the last election they don’t want to “think” about politics?

As it happened, I heard these snatches of conversation literally as I drove my car into the tunnel that leads into Washington, DC , so I heard very little. But I could certainly sympathize. Between President Obama’s decision to wager the “permanent campaign” (beginning in some ways before his 2008 election was sowed up) and the media’s very early interest in 2012, it did seem as if there was no break at all.

But pro-lifers see this in a different light. We don’t do “politics” as it is traditionally understood—about self-interest. We have zero self-interest; this is not about us.

Our “constituency” is one that we do not know and which (if we are successful) will likely not know us or the fact that they may be alive because we helped a mother in a crisis pregnancy or patiently enacted laws which permit a teenager roaring down the freeway to the nearest abortion clinic a day to reflect.

Moreover, we have willingly accepted an obligation that does not come with an escape clause marked “tired” or “discouraged.” We want to win, not for ourselves, but for millions of frightened, panicky women whose default response in this culture is to take the “easy” way out. In a word, we don’t get vacations because, if not us, who?

Our Movement took a hit November 6. What has happened since was utterly predictable. Those few Republicans who want to ditch the abortion issue have insisted the time is right. Pro-abortion power players, such as Planned Parenthood (which gives cynicism a bad name), shamelessly suggest to Republicans that if only they because a subset of the Democratic Party on the abortion issue, PPFA might condescend to spend only $10 million next election cycle besmirching their names rather than $12 to $15 million.

But there is something we can learn from the Obama campaign, or, better put, those who do not understand the staying power of our Movement can learn. Long before Barack Obama was playing politics 24/7, the Pro-Life Movement was working non-stop on behalf of mothers and their unborn children. Had you not, there would still be 1.6 million unborn lives lost each year, if not more.

To some,  that might not seem like a big deal in light of the grim truth that 1.2 million lives are still lost annually to abortion. But if you really do believe every life matters; that you are defeated not if you lose a battle but only if you give up; that the most worthy causes often take  the longest time to achieve, then those 400,000 lives saved each and every year are  a constant source of energy and motivation.

Stay focused not on the give and take of elections which are vitally important but necessarily ebb and flow but on what really matters: your faithfulness to the greatest social justice cause of the last half-century.

William Wilberforce fought  a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807. He simultaneously fought to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833. Wilberforce once said,

“Accustom yourself to look first to the dreadful consequences of failure; then fix your eye on the glorious prize which is before you; and when your strength begins to fail, and your spirits are well nigh exhausted, let the animating view rekindle your resolution, and call forth in renewed vigour the fainting energies of your soul.”

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Categories: Pro-Lifers