Published January 23, 2018
"Something About A Baby..."
There is just something about a baby...
As you've heard, Shelia and I are enjoying our role as first-time grandparents. Shelia is babysitting two days a week and, yes, I usually manage to sneak away early from the office so that I can go home and have a little time with our four-month-old granddaughter. We are rediscovering for the first time in more than thirty years the incomparable joys of interacting with such new life.
I believe God has "wired us" to love children with a self-sacrificial love. That makes sense, because that's the way He loves us. And, after all, He created us in His image. And He is the very embodiment of love (1 John 4:8).
All of that came to mind as I was reading reports about last Friday's 45th annual March for Life in Washington, DC, demonstrating for the right to life and against the rampant practice of abortion. It came on the 45th anniversary ("anniversary" is much too pleasant a term) of the Supreme Court's infamous Roe v. Wade decision essentially legalizing abortion in the USA. Since that time, an estimated 58 million preborn babies have been killed in this nation. That is equivalent to an astonishing 18 percent of the USA's entire current population!
This year's march for life theme was "Love Saves Lives." And that's the key.
This year, for the first time, both the Vice President, Mike Pense, and the President, Donald Trump, addressed the marchers via satellite link from the White House, just a few blocks away, where a few hundred guests heard them in person in the Rose Garden. If you didn't see or hear what they said in the daily media (and coverage was minimal and, as usual, negatively selective) you need to read some of their comments here.
First, comments from Vice President Pence:
"More than 240 years ago, our founders wrote words that have echoed through the ages. They declared these truths to be self-evident that we are each of us endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"Forty-five years ago the Supreme Court of the United States turned its back on the unalienable right to life, but in that moment our3 movement began. A movement that continues to win hearts and minds, a movement defined by generosity, compassion, and love; and a movement that one year ago tomorrow inaugurated the most pro-life president in American history: President Donald Trump."
"From preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortion overseas, to empowering states to respect life in Title X, to nominating judges who will uphold our God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States this president has been a tireless defender of life and conscience in America, and today, President Trump will do even more to defend the most vulnerable in our society."
"My friends, life is winning in America because love saves lives. And know that as you march for life, that your compassion, your persistence, your activism and your prayers are saving lives and this pro-life generation should never doubt we are with you. This president stands with you and He who said, 'Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you'1 is with you as well."
President Trump followed Vice President Pence and became the first sitting president to address March for Life participants via a live satellite link:
"The March for Life is a movement born out of love. You love your families. You love your neighbors. You love our nation. And you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God."
"We know that life is the greatest miracle of all. We see it in the eyes of every new mother who cradles that wonderful, innocent and glorious newborn child in her loving arms. I want to thank every person here today and all across our country who works with such big hearts and tireless devotion to make sure that parents have the care and support they need to choose life. Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reached their full God-given potential. Because of you. You're living witnesses of this year's March for Life theme: Love Saves Lives."
"Americans are more and more pro-life, you see that all the time. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans support abortion on demand at any time. Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence and that is the right to life."
"Today I'm announcing that we have just issued a new proposal to protect conscience rights and religious freedoms of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals .... I have also just reversed the previous administration's policy that restricted states' efforts to direct Medicaid funding way from abortion facilities that violate the law."2
What a change this is from recent years, and thank God for it!
Whatever else you might think or feel about President Trump, be sure to praise God daily specifically for his bold pro-life stand and the "politically incorrect" actions he's already valiently taken to support it. All of this is so much in contrast to that of our previous President and certainly of the one who ran against President Trump in the last election, both of whom were rabid supporters of unlimited abortion on demand.
Whenever the issue and opportunity arises, we must support life. As God, in His great love, saves us, our love can save lives, too.
- Paul Heil
1. Jeremiah 1:5
2. As quoted on onenewsnow.com. See also https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/president-trump-addresses-45th-march-life/
3. Use of "our" indicates that the Vice President, at least, feels he is personally a part of the pro-life cause.
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