Pro-Life Leaders Celebrate Motherhood and Reach Out to Those Suffering After Abortion
National pro-life leaders are celebrating mothers and motherhood as they also reach out to women experiencing the pain of the loss of motherhood through abortion.
The March for Life is celebrating Mother’s Day by inviting its supporters to share special qualities of their moms.
The organizers of the world’s largest pro-life demonstration – held in Washington, D.C., each year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision – shares tributes to mothers throughout the nation.
Pro-life leaders Family Research Council, Alveda King, and Students for Life of America tweet their Mother’s Day messages:
March for Life also acknowledges that, while many families will be celebrating Mother’s Day with gifts and expressions of gratitude for the women who brought them into the world, those who are experiencing loss and pain following an abortion may need hope and healing.
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, also serves as pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard – the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion. Pavone tells Breitbart News he is in touch daily with women who mourn their lost motherhood following abortion.
“Mother’s Day is for so many of them a time of particular pain, but also a time of particular healing,” he explains. “There are many sentimental trappings of Mother’s Day – and these, of course are nothing bad – the cards and flowers, the hearts and love-filled greetings. But the woman who started Mother’s Day came to feel that sentimentality had obscured its original meaning.”
Pavone also provides pastoral leadership for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to mobilize those who testify to the pain they have experienced through abortion. He relates the story of Anna Jarvis, the founder of the original Mother’s Day holiday, to those who are helping others heal after abortion:
After the Civil War, Anna Jarvis, an activist from West Virginia, wanted to honor her late mother for her good work in her lifetime. Anna’s mother had started mothers clubs to help lower infant mortality. Anna carried on her mother’s work. With the outbreak of the Civil War, she created mothers’ clubs that tended to wounded soldiers on both sides. These concrete and organized actions of mothers involved hard work and sustained commitment geared toward saving lives, and often marked by the pain of losing those lives.
In a sense, then, the current holocaust of abortion in which we are living, and the pain of so many mothers who have lost their own children, can be an occasion to recover deeper and more original meanings of Mother’s Day. Mothers can come together – as so many do through Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More – to strengthen one another to face the pain abortion brings, to walk the journey of healing, and to commit themselves to save as many lives as possible from this scourge of our day. And in that sense Mother’s Day becomes a holiday for all of us to renew our commitment to defend mothers and their children from something that is taking far more lives than war or disease has ever taken.
On Mother’s Day, pro-life leaders also remember women and girls who have continued an unplanned pregnancy and offered their babies for adoption.
Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie of the Catholic Association reflects at Angelus of her own experience of the “miraculous grace of adoption”:
[T]hose of us who have had the privilege of adopting feel it as a divine benediction. Sometimes we are praised for our generosity, but we know that the gift is all for the parents. Although adoption requires a trusting leap into the unknown and a conscious acceptance of any number of difficulties, the return in joy is dizzying. Often, though my daughter has been with me for nine years, I look at her and I am freshly struck with the utter unlikelihood of her person being mine to guard.
Oklahoma House Declares Abortion ‘Murder’
(CNSNews.com) — The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution on May 8 declaring abortion to be murder and directing “every public official” in the state to use their authority “to stop the murder of innocent children by abortion.”
The resolution does not have the force of law but it does reflect the policy view of the Oklahoma House, which has 101 members — 74 Republicans, 26 Democrats, and 1 vacancy. The resolution, HR 1004, passed by voice vote, and was introduced by Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks.
The resolution, in part, states that “all human life is protected by God’s law and the highest laws of the land,” and that the Declaration of Independence explains that “all human beings” are “endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to life.”
Further, “the Constitution of the United States mandates that no state shall deprive any human being of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness without due process of law, nor deny any human being within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
A human baby killed by saline injection abortion. (Photo: Priests for Life)
The resolution also states that the U.S. Supreme Court “overstepped its authority by federalizing the issue of abortion on demand,” an issue that should have been left to each state.
Finally, it affirms the following: “That every public official in Oklahoma, including but not limited to sheriffs, district attorneys, judges and justices, the Attorney General, and the Governor, is directed to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.
“That Oklahoma judges and specifically justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court are directed not to interfere with this Legislature’s right to clarify Oklahoma criminal law regarding abortion per Section 36 of Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution.”
Rep. Strohm, as reported in the Tulsa World, said the 10th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution mean “no one — not a doctor, not a father or a mother — has rights that allow them to murder an unborn child.”
The Supreme Court “had no authority to do what they did” in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, said Strohm.