Mark Robinson: My Mom Could Have Had an Abortion Because She Was Poor, Thank God She Didn’t

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 17, 2023   |   8:06PM   |   Charlotte, North Carolina

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has emerged as a powerful voice for life in his state.

Last year, the Republican leader and his wife shared publicly about the pain and regret they have experienced after aborting one of their own children, and urged others to make better choices.

On Saturday, Robinson shared more of his life story in a speech during the North Carolina Right to Life annual March for Life in Raleigh, according to My FOX 8.

Having grown up in a poor African American home, the ninth of 10 siblings, he said he easily could have been aborted. As a child, he said he witnessed alcoholism and domestic abuse. All of these are reasons that abortion activists frequently give to convince women to abort their unborn babies.

But Robinson said his mother chose life, giving him the opportunity to overcome the struggles of his childhood and become a leader of their state.

“Had my mother followed such evil advice, I would not be standing before you right now, having made history in this state as the first black lieutenant governor of North Carolina,” Robinson said, according to the report. “Children would not be able to flip open the history books and see that a poor child, number nine out of 10 children from a small town in North Carolina, could grow up to be the lieutenant governor of this state, quite possibly the governor of this state.”

He said he feels grieved that North Carolina is being called a “destination state for abortions.” Killing unborn babies in abortions is legal for any reason up to 20 weeks in North Carolina, and Gov. Roy Cooper, a pro-abortion Democrat, has vetoed pro-life legislation.

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“We need to change that,” Robinson responded. “Let’s fight to make North Carolina a destination state for life.”

Not just through legislation, he said he wants to see North Carolinians work together create an environment that welcomes and supports mothers, fathers and babies.

“We can be a leader in the charge to stand up for life and to ensure people don’t go to the abortion clinics — not because there’s a law — but simply because they don’t want to,” the lieutenant governor continued. “Because North Carolina is a place that makes life worth living and life worth giving.”

Robinson also compared abortion to another human rights abuse: slavery, the local news report continues.

“Abortion is not compatible with this nation, the same way slavery was not compatible with this nation,” he said. “How can you have life and liberty if you end life in the womb, and do not give people their freedom after they’re born? This nation is built on those ideals.”

Robinson and his wife, Yolonda, know the problems with abortion all too well. Last year, they opened up publicly about how they had been swayed by pro-abortion arguments when they conceived a child before they were married.

“This [abortion] decision has been with us ever since, and it’s because of this experience and our spiritual journey that we are so adamantly pro-life,” he said.

In a video posted on Facebook at the time, the lieutenant governor said they found forgiveness and healing in Christ, and he encouraged others to do the same.

“We felt the need to talk to you directly because this decision transcends politics,” Robinson said. “Our hope is by telling our story that it may change the lives of others.”

Afterward, abortion activists accused the couple of hypocrisy – even though many other pro-life leaders also joined the fight after aborting their children. The criticism has not dampened Robinson’s pro-life advocacy, and he promised Saturday to continue to “stand for life.”