January 24, 2006
The annual march for life in Washington yesterday marked the thirty-third anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In its consistency of message and commitment, these dedicated pro-lifers keep the message that abortion kills babies before a public that seems to be concerned about the more than 40 million who have died legally since 1973.
I have long thought that abortion is not the cause of our decadence, but a reflection of it. One reads a lot of quotes from women who prefer abortion to adoption because they would worry if they gave their baby away. The moral rationalizing is appalling, but that reflects the moral state of our modern culture. It’s about feelings over objective truth and serving one’s self over doing what is best for others.
The reduction in the number of abortions is due to the pregnancy centers and the commitment of pro-lifers like we say yesterday in Washington. Truth has its own appeal, as does compassion, and the pro-life movement continues to exhibit both. We can’t – and must not – give up or grow weary. It will be a long battle, but it will be won someday I pray.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.