The Media Rightly Covers the Tragic Shooting in Orlando, But Why Does It Ignore Abortion?

Opinion   Maria Gallagher   Jun 20, 2016   |   4:39PM    Washington, DC

In the wake of wall-to-wall cable coverage of the Orlando tragedy, I have been thinking a great deal lately about the world in which our children are growing up. In the aftermath of the Florida massacre, I attended a webinar about how to talk to children about tragic events.

The horror is so difficult to grasp, even for an adult—what must our kids be thinking in these painful times?

When I was a teenager, the idea of a shooting occurring inside a club was unthinkable—but then again, so were shootings in movie theaters, malls, and churches. Yet these have been the traumatic realities we have been dealing with in recent years. In far too many instances, we have been a nation in mourning.

It is difficult to respond adequately to such events. Kind thoughts and fervent prayers are certainly welcome, but conscience also calls for concrete action as a complement to prayer. And that is why I so value the pro-life movement and its response to a daily tragedy that never reaches the cable news networks.

The pro-life movement holds that every human life is sacred and a blessing. It calls for respect for those at the dawn of life and those at the twilight of life.

Our Movement sees threats to innocent human life as not just a threat but the greatest threat facing our communities, our nation, and our world. Let me explain why.

I once interviewed an African-American woman who had experienced the powerful grief of losing a child to abortion. Her story was heart-wrenching as she recalled the events that led to the abortion of her son, whom she subsequently named Kelly.

She remarked: how could we expect a teenager on the streets to respect the life of another teen when lives are not respected in their mothers’ wombs? Her statement in the resulting video was so insightful that our state Attorney General at the time remarked that it had made a powerful impression on him.

What action can we do in the face of senseless, lethal violence? Perhaps the greatest and boldest step you can take is to become involved (or more involved) in the pro-life movement. Here is why.

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Tragedies such as abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide target our most vulnerable and helpless populations, and they breed a philosophy which discounts the sacred value of human life. In a real sense they are the ultimate hate crimes.

The casualties of Roe v. Wade are massive—more than 58 million unborn babies and counting. And this massive casualty list doesn’t even take into account the collateral damage inflicted on mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and grandparents.

Sadly, we will not hear the names of these unborn victims read by cable news anchors or pop stars. In most cases, they have no names.

But they are deserving of honor and respect. And they must not be forgotten.

In the face of senseless brutality, the pro-life movement responds with love, compassion, hope, and perseverance.

Which is to be expected. What has been the message of the pro-life movement since its inception? Lives at all stages, of all races, of all ethnicities, matter.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, so separates us from our foes than the conviction that every life matters, not just the planned and the perfect.

And, as we struggle to provide answers to our children in these uncertain times filled with tragedy, the instincts, the compassion, and the empathy of the pro-life movement matter more than ever.

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