Over the next several days, America’s most diverse protest will take place in Washington, D.C. Atheists and priests will walk side by side with toddlers, parents, teens, Hispanics, blacks, whites, women, and men.
And while on the surface they all may have different reasons for attending the 43rd annual March for Life, deep down they are braving the expected cold to show their love for the millions of women and unborn children victimized by abortion.
Truth be told, love is the reason the pro-life movement exists. I learned the importance of expressing this love more than 15 years ago, when an abortion supporter challenged whether I “would be willing to give the shirt off your back right now to support me and my unplanned pregnancy.”
I told her, “I’d not give only my shirt, but my right arm, because that child in there is a child of God, and I care about you enough to not let you go through with that.”
Love will guide Marchers to care for all of the mothers egregiously harmed by abortion. Former Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ experience of suffering “deep, dark despair” after her 1997 abortion is common, as are other forms of mental illness, as shown by studies in 2006 and 2008.
Likewise, a Chinese study that looked at almost 7,000 women found procuring an abortion and getting pregnant again with the following 12 months was linked to a 97 percent greater chance of depression. A 2013 Italian meta-study found depression, substance abuse, and posttraumatic stress disorder happened far more often to women who had an abortion compared with women who bore their children or miscarried.
Mothers deserve better than mental illness. They also deserve better than breast cancer, whose links to abortion have been found in studies in India, the U.S., and elsewhere. They deserve better than seeing their next children born prematurely, which a 2015 meta-study of nearly two million women who had D&C procedures — often via abortions — found was linked to abortion.
And a study in Israel pointed to labor complications and other difficulties after women had
Women have even died at the hands of abortionists.
Love is why, every day, unsung heroes pray for women to choose life, and counsel women to make the best choice for them and their child. More than 2,500 pro-life pregnancy care centers and medical clinics which service women who are struggling with at-risk pregnancies — providing ultrasounds, compassionate care, and support.
Likewise, love is shown in the 425 pro-life maternity homes across America, and the 250 non-profit adoption agencies, showing the care for women and their children both pre-birth and post-birth.
Government policies must also be loving. When families and communities cannot provide, it falls upon local, state, and federal agencies to help women and children.
Policies like mandatory paid maternity and paternity leave, which prioritizes the care of employees and their families over the bottom line, are both loving and have bipartisan support.
It’s love that causes pro-life advocates to continuously promote the science of life. Modern technology readily shows that each unborn child is as unique at the moment of conception as he or she is outside the womb.
As described to Congress by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, these individual creations of God are stabbed and dismembered in middle-and-late-term abortions — an unloving act if there was ever one.
Love is not just an emotion or a philosophy. It must be shown in decisive action for real people, which is why the pro-life movement prays even for abortionists, and offers them an escape from an unloving, uncaring profession.
John-Henry Westen is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of LifeSiteNews, and founder of the Rome Life Forum. He is on the Executive Committee for the Canadian March for Life, and will speak at several March for Life events this week in Washington, D.C.