Pro-Life Enthusiasm at High Levels Despite Barack Obama’s Extensive Abortion Advocacy

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 13, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Enthusiasm at High Levels Despite Barack Obama’s Extensive Abortion Advocacy

by Maria Vitale Editor
April 13, 2010 Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.

Reports of the death of the pro-life movement have been greatly exaggerated.

Following the election of President Barack Obama, some observers had openly questioned whether the pro-life movement was still viable. After all, Obama had the direst pro-abortion record of any candidate ever elected to the White House. He had stubbornly opposed such common sense measures as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which simply ensured that the life of a baby would be protected after birth, even if the child had been targeted for abortion.

And Obama has continued his support for legal abortion as President. He appointed a pro-Roe Supreme Court Justice, along with abortion advocates for a number of other high-level posts. His administration promoted an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting. He had the audacity to release a statement supporting Roe on the January 22nd anniversary of the decision which has resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million preborn children and the scarring and maiming of countless mothers.

And he signed into law a so-called health care reform bill which could cause the abortion rate to skyrocket, due to its taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion mandates (The Executive Order Obama signed, ostensibly to “fix” the abortion problems in the bill, is nothing more than a political trick which cannot supersede federal law.).

And yet, despite a vehement and unyielding pro-abortion push in Washington, enthusiasm for the pro-life movement continues to grow. A national public opinion poll showed a majority of Americans identifying themselves as pro-life. Pro-lifers have inundated their Congressional offices with calls, e-mails, and faxes. The grassroots are growing, with local pro-life chapters educating their fellow citizens about the sanctity of innocent human life at fairs, festivals, and other community events.

Rather than being demoralized by out-of-control abortion zealots in the nation’s capital, pro-lifers are energized. They know that the task of rebuilding a culture of life requires a marathon, not a sprint, and they are training for ultimate victory. They know that their cause is right, and no amount of nay-saying by the talking heads on cable news will convince them otherwise.

And they know without a doubt that lives are being saved everyday through the diligent efforts of the pro-life rank-and-file. The many pregnancy resource centers which provide counsel and consolation to pregnant women in difficult circumstances (and which outnumber abortion facilities, by the way) are a monument to the caring and compassion of the pro-life movement.

Despite what the President and Congress may do, the pro-life movement is, in fact, winning—in the hearts of ordinary Americans, in the lives of women supported in their motherhood, and in the families who owe their very existence to the prayers, sacrifices, and persistence of the members of the pro-life movement.

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