Young mother playing with her baby at home (Trendsetter Images/Getty Images) The urgent, immediate pro-life challenge.
All hell seemed to break loose as S. B. 8 — the Texas Heartbeat Act — went into effect earlier this month. The news coincided almost perfectly with our celebration of Mother Teresa on the anniversary of her death, September 5. We remember well when she spoke in the presence of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton about abortion being “the greatest destroyer of peace today.”
She went on to ask, “How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion?” “As always,” she answered, “we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.” Reflecting on Mother Theresa’s words explains a lot of what we are seeing in our country today. Abortion dehumanizes a baby, her mother, and a nation.
While we don’t believe that Texas’s law is a perfect model, we welcome the opportunity for it to usher in a revolution of love. Love is our marching order, all of us who consider ourselves pro-lifers. The two of us have been in the pro-life movement for decades and, of course, want our nation’s laws to tell the truth about our most precious resource: human life. We want our laws to protect the vulnerable unborn. At the same time, changing the law is not enough. With abortion currently outlawed in Texas once a baby’s heartbeat has been detected, we must peacefully rally behind the rhetorical truth of the law — that when a baby has a heartbeat, it is most obviously a baby, and not an inconvenience or problem to be eradicated. And we must do so with a superabundance of mercy. We must love women back to life when they may feel as if their lives are ending. So much of our culture has worked against them being mothers, being able to face a pregnancy as a gift of life.
It’s hard to perceive gifts when you don’t how you’ll pay the bills. Many of
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