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We Move Forward

by | Nov 16, 2022

By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

Editor’s note. This appears on page three of the November issues of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to send the issue along to pro-life family and friends.

Well… there is no point beating around the bush.  The November elections didn’t go as well as we had hoped.  Some states had fantastic victories but the level of strength we hoped for in Congress didn’t materialize.  And the statewide ballot measures did not end well for unborn children.

There is still an important race to win.  Because neither pro-life Herschel Walker nor pro-abortion Senator Raphael Warnock secured 50% of the vote, there is run-off in December in Georgia.  If you can financially help NRLC’s activities in that race, I would ask that you do so.

An article in The New York Times analyzing election efforts by the Democrat party reported, “In total, Democrats spent nearly half a billion dollars on ads mentioning abortion, more than twice what they spent on the second-closest issue, crime, according to AdImpact, an ad-tracking firm.” 

If you saw any of the pro-abortion ads, you also saw unprecedented attacks using fabrications and misrepresentations against pro-life candidates as they hid deception and spin.

It’s always helpful to sit back, take a deep breath, and figure out what happened and what else we need to do, whether differently or just more effectively.  But are we going to give up?  Of course not!  We’ve had setbacks before, but we have always kept going.  We need to do so again because the lives of our littlest brothers and sisters depend on us.

The pro-life movement always has been, and always will be, resilient. It took almost 50 years to correct Roe v. Wade, a grievous error on the part of misguided Supreme Court members. We had many setbacks during that time, but we didn’t quit. We knew that our mission of protecting the most innocent and vulnerable among us was the right thing to do

Let’s look to the coming year as a year of growth and opportunity.

It’s clear that too many people don’t understand or recognize the humanity of the unborn child.  Too many still think of the developing child as a “blob of tissue,” a mass of cells that somehow miraculously becomes a baby shortly before birth.

NRLC has a social media campaign called #40Weeks40Facts.  Let’s work even harder to inform our society about the amazing gift of life. The information in those postings needs to be widely promoted. 

Along with beautiful pictures, the #40Weeks40Facts campaign includes these amazing facts:

Week 3: The baby’s heart begins its first halting beats as early as 18 days after conception. Fun fact: Between fertilization & birth, the heart beats about 54 million times! Watch this short video about more fetal development in the womb Baby’s First Months.

Week 5: The embryo’s liver starts to produce blood cells! The stomach and other organs are developing & permanent kidneys appear. Fun fact: the skin, only one cell thick, is transparent—we can SEE developing organs! The tiny one is the size of a peppercorn.

Week 7: The preborn baby’s legs are developing as knee joints appear and the baby can kick.  She will also jump if startled and has started sucking her thumb.

Week 8:  This tiny one is largely developed. The formation of the hypothalamus starts—it controls heart rate, body temp, blood pressure & more! The upper & lower eyelids begin to fuse together, making the appearance of closed eyes.

And I call your attention to an amazing article, written by Randall K. O’Bannon, PhD, NRLC’s Director of Education & Research, entitled, “The Glory of Our Humanity Begins With a Single Cell.”

Almost everyone in society considers themselves to be a caring, compassionate person.  Let’s help them to recognize that their compassion needs to extend to the most precious and innocent humans among us.

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