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Saving Lives

by | May 1, 2014

 

By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

IamavoicereI was listening to K-LOVE radio recently and heard a clip from Christian recording artist David Crowder as he related an experience he had with a K-LOVE listener.

A woman told him that she was driving in her car, having determined that she was going to commit suicide when she reached home. One of Crowder’s songs, entitled “I Am,” played on the radio.

The refrain is “I am, holding on to You. I am, holding on to You. In the middle of the storm, I am holding on, I am.”

After hearing the song, she turned the car around and drove to her church. There, she prayed and decided that no matter what troubles she was facing, she would get through them with God’s help.

I could hear the excitement and wonder in Crowder’s voice as he talked about how encouraging it was to know that something he had done saved this woman’s life.

Hearing about his experience made me think of all the wonderful pro-lifers who work to save lives of people they will never meet– unborn children, the disabled, and the elderly.

Volunteers at pregnancy resource centers are most likely to see the direct results of their labors–a baby they saved after a mother came to them for help. It is less common to hear someone say that his/her life was saved because of legislation that was passed, a pro-life candidate that was elected, a speech that was given, or material that was handed out at a fair booth. Yet laws and educational activities do save laws!

The Hyde amendment alone, prohibiting federal funding for abortion through Medicaid, is credited with saving more than one million unborn children. But there are other more indirect ways legislation promotes a culture of life and increases the chances that in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, women will choose life.

For instance women decide against abortion after getting information about abortion, its complications, and its alternatives–the result of legislation enacted through the vigorous efforts of right-to-lifers. Minds and hearts are changed when the pro-life message is given, either in a speech, literature, or a bumper sticker.

Some persons who are medically vulnerable or dependent are undoubtedly alive because a friend or family member, after hearing about how patients frequently die from starvation and dehydration, fought for their lives.

Whether or not we hear directly about how our efforts saved a life, or many lives, we keep on keeping on, because we are making a difference.

Categories: Pro-Lifers