Mother Teresa is known in both religious and secular realms as a woman dedicated to serving others, particularly the most helpless and vulnerable. Throughout her lifetime, Mother Teresa consistently spoke in defense of life, and reminded the United States of the necessity of protecting unborn lives. A recent article in the Crux asked readers to follow Mother Teresa’s example.
Mother Teresa spent her days serving the poverty-stricken in Calcutta. When she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, Mother Teresa explained to the world that there are societies that are more poor than Calcutta because they do not recognize the value of human life.
“To me the nations who have legalized abortion, they are the poorest nations,” she said. “They are afraid of the little one, they are afraid of the unborn child, and the child must die because they don’t want to feed one more child, to educate one more child.”
She added: “And so today, let us here make a strong resolution, we are going to save every little child, every unborn child, give them a chance to be born. …[L]et us all pray that we have the courage to stand by the unborn child, and give the child an opportunity to love and to be loved, and I think with God’s grace we will be able to bring peace in the world.”
Again at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa advocated for the unborn, this time in the company of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.
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“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself,” she said. “And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
LifeNews recently interviewed Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life. In 1994, Father Pavone was invited by Mother Teresa to speak in Calcutta on the subject of abortion. He described her zeal in protect the unborn.
“She was so plain, simple, and direct about the response needed to abortion,” Fr. Pavone explained. “The inspiration she gave to me and so many others [was to] tell it like it is, plainly and directly, and to act in a direct manner to save these babies.”
This presidential election it is imperative that pro-life voters heed the words of Mother Teresa. Since its legalization in 1973, abortion has taken more than 50 million lives in the United States. Pro-lifers must vote to end what Mother Teresa described as “the greatest destroyer of peace.”