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COMMENTARY: We in the pro-life movement have the momentum and great reason for hope this year.

Life is precious.
Life is precious. (photo: Unsplash)

Catherine Hadro Culture of LifeJanuary 11, 2023

We know overturning Roe was a critical step in what’s still a long journey to build a culture of life. While media commentators will be quick to point to Election Day and the passage of state abortion propositions, I maintain that we in the pro-life movement have the momentum and great reason for hope in 2023.

More Unborn Lives Saved

We have already seen thousands of unborn lives saved since the Dobbs decision, and that number will only increase. The New York Times reported that abortions fell by more than 10,000 in the first two months alone following the Supreme Court decision; that’s about a 6% drop in abortions. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America anticipates that pro-life state laws in effect — or soon to be in effect — will protect as many as 200,000 unborn children annually.

New life is new hope. My prayer is that our culture will come to see how these new lives, these babies in our arms, lead to more flourishing families — not the apocalyptic disaster the abortion lobby painted this past year. We are the body of Christ, each one interwoven and interconnected in a way that’s beyond comprehension. We are better with each other; we are better with each additional life.

Increased Awareness About Abortion-Pill Dangers

The new frontier in the pro-life battle centers on abortion pills. They account for more than half of abortions in the United States, and that figure is likely to only expand, as the Biden administration’s FDA is now permanently allowing abortion pills through the mail (as well as at pharmacies). We’ve seen the abortion lobby execute desperate ploys, such as activists swallowing abortion pills on the steps of the Supreme Court or during a live TV interview. It’s all an attempt to normalize the two-pill protocol that starves and kills the youngest life. Activists try to depict abortion pills as a seamless way to get an abortion without the hassle of surgical tools. It is devastating and dangerous, and yet there are still solid avenues of hope in this very struggle.

In November, pro-life groups, including the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, filed a lawsuit asking the court to overturn U.S. regulators’ approval of the drug mifepristone for abortion pills. Alliance Defending Freedom, the legal firm that filed the suit, claims: “The FDA never studied the safety of the drugs under the labeled conditions of use, ignored the potential impacts of the hormone-blocking regimen on the developing bodies of adolescent girls, disregarded the substantial evidence that chemical abortion drugs cause more complications than surgical abortions, and eliminated necessary safeguards for pregnant girls and women who undergo this dangerous drug regimen.”

This is a significant legal step that will draw more attention to the harm of abortion pills. How is our culture so casual about allowing girls to take powerful pills alone at home, outside the supervision of medical doctors? When we highlight this reality, it becomes increasingly obvious that abortion does not advance women’s health care, it contradicts it. Perhaps, in 2023, more eyes will be open to this and people will take pause at supporting abortion pills, also commonly referred to as medication abortions.


Pro-Life Hopes for 2023: Creative Programs to Help Mothers, Babies and Families Are Key| National Catholic Register

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