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America’s Light

by | Mar 21, 2018

Editor’s note. NRLC President Carol Tobias column appears on page three of the current digital edition of National Right to Life News. I trust you are reading the 41-page issue and are sharing stories with family and friends.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

We in the United States have been battling abortion and an increasing disregard for human life for 50+ years. And yet, hard as it may seem, when we have lost 60 million unborn children, I sometimes think other countries are heading in a direction that is even more radically anti-life.

For example, at National Right to Life News Today, you regularly read stories coming out of the United Kingdom about babies being refused medical treatment by government-run health care systems, even when the parents are able to make arrangements for other care. The hospitals and court system there pretend to know that a little one would be “better off dead” and they want to make sure that happens. Alfie Evans is only the latest example.

Wesley J. Smith writes that the number of patients in the Netherlands killed by doctors practicing euthanasia exceeded 6,000 in 2017. That is an average of 15 killings per day. Adjusting for population differences, that would be similar to killing 315 patients every day in the U.S. Wesley also notes that Dutch psychiatrists killed 3,000 of their mentally ill patients last year and that the government has recently passed a law (“presumed consent”) that says everyone is an organ donor unless they explicitly cite their opposition and opt out. Activists are already suggesting tying together assisted suicide and organ “donation.”

In Canada, an Ontario court ruled that doctors must assist in the killing of their “legally qualified” patients who have requested “aid in dying” or refer the patients to someone who will do the deed.

Also, in the Canadian prison system, one prisoner recently received “aid in dying” and another three have been approved. To which I sarcastically think, “If this continues, the Canadian budget will soon be flush with money, having emptied their nursing homes and prisons by killing the residents.”

And the right of conscience to refuse participation is under siege. The objective is to expedite the killing—and to corral unwilling medical personnel.

Alas, the right to peacefully counsel outside an abortion clinic is imperiled as well. In Ontario, a person may now be punished with extreme fines and prison time if they “attempt to advise or persuade” someone to refrain from having an abortion, or to “attempt to inform a person concerning issues related to abortion services,” or to “attempt to perform an act of disapproval” of abortion if the attempt is made near an abortion facility.

And yet, even as I reflect on all the antilife things happening around the world, I have to admit that the U.S. has its own litany of similar stories.

Parents have to fight for treatment of a child born with a genetic anomaly. The deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Post was lauded as “courageous” for writing that if either of her unborn children had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, she would have aborted them.

California, Hawaii, and Illinois require pregnancy resource centers to tell clients where they can go to get an abortion. Hopefully, that violation of the First Amendment will be upended as the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 20, challenging California’s so called “Reproductive FACT Act.”

Oregon now has a law allowing health care personnel to withhold food and water from patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s, thus causing a cruel death by starvation and dehydration.

And, of course, we are one of only seven countries in the world that allow unborn babies to be killed late in pregnancy.

This great country of ours certainly has its share of problems and anti-life attitudes. But I truly believe that, as the “American experiment” of a democratic republic has been a beacon of light and a symbol of hope for the world, we can and will lead the world back to sanity when it comes to protecting and respecting human life.

I know we have the grassroots to someday prevail. As I travel the country, I meet so many dedicated, loving people who would never consider giving up in this battle. As diverse and talented as the pro-life community is, it is no surprise that new ideas and projects are being formulated to reach new people in different ways.

And that especially includes young people who by the thousands are taking up the banner for life, fighting to protect the littlest among us.

As John Winthrop, founder and first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was crossing the ocean with other pilgrims on their way to America, he wrote, “For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.”

Pro-lifers in other countries are just as dedicated to protecting innocent human life as Americans are. But America can and must continue to be that “City upon a hill.” We were founded for that purpose.

I believe we are going through America’s darkest days, having overseen the death of 60 million unborn children. But we have a Constitution and an electoral process that gives us the right, and the responsibility, to speak up for those without a voice.

Let’s do everything we can to make that light again shine brightly for all to see.

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