The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear a variety of abortion-related bills, including an extreme abortion bill being pushed by Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
There was such an outpouring of support from the pro-life community at the State House and it was an honor to be among the many men and women as we defended the lives of unborn children. As I sat in the overflow room and waited to listen to the testimony before the committee, I prayed the Rosary and imagined the Blessed Virgin Mary cradling the Infant Jesus.
It was a tremendous honor to have listened to the many men and women of all ages and backgrounds who defended life with their spoken testimony before the RI House Judiciary Committee. Those advocating for abortion also had their opportunity to give testimony. One pro-abortion testimony in particular stuck out to me.
It was an older man who spoke to the committee on behalf of his wife, who was unable to attend the hearing due to a family emergency. He read her written testimony of how she became pregnant when she was in college by her then boyfriend and how she decided to have an abortion out of the country.
He shared how she had then gone on to graduate from college and then graduate school, participated in civic engagement and causes, had a successful career which she was able to retire early from, traveled the world, got married, had a child and now has grandchildren.
He continued to read her written testimony, which said: "Had I not had that abortion, the trajectory would have been radically different, even trying to imagine it is painful."
When I heard this alarming statement, I couldn't help but to say quietly out loud "the trajectory would have been that you would have had a baby. A baby."
In my mind I kept thinking "a baby."
It is a baby that is killed each and every single time an abortion is performed.
Not an education.
Not a career.
Not world travel.
Not secular success.
Basically, this woman, and so many others, believe that an abortion, the killing of an unborn child, should be considered a "right" because they feel that education, careers, travel and other worldly successes are more
important than human life. The baby's right to life and to all of the worldly things they value means nothing.
It is so distressing to think that this woman and so many others truly believe that their life would not be wonderful with a child.
The gift of pregnancy given to women by God Himself is the greatest and most valuable treasure that can't be measured or compared to anything that the world offers.
C.S. Lewis said: "children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work."
Education, careers, travel and the like are important and do deserve recognition. However, they should not be put ahead of another human's fundamental right to life.
If one does not want to care for a baby, why don't they give the baby up for adoption? Why don't they keep the baby and deal with the consequences of having sex before one is ready to care for a child? Why is the baby's right to life not more important than education, career, travel and other secular successes?
Abortion, as Saint Teresa of Calcutta said, is "the greatest threat to peace in the world." "It is a poverty," she said, "to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."
I found that the more I listened to the pro-abortion testimony, the more resolved my belief became that abortion is not only wrong but the absolute greatest evil in the history of mankind. I pray that all who are pro-choice understand that it is never too late to "change sides" and come to the light. I was "pro-choice" for the greater part of my adult life. Knowing that you were wrong is a sign of strength, maturity and wisdom, not weakness. There is forgiveness and redemption available for all of our sins. There is no sin greater than God's love.
I have renewed hope that justice for the unborn will continue to be served. This is thanks to the countless pro-life testimonies and the large attendance from the pro-life community, which greatly outnumbered those who were pro-abortion. Also, it is the following reminder that Sister Lucia of the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions made in 1983/1984:
"A time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his head."
As always, thank you for reading. God bless you and may the Blessed Virgin Mary be with you always!
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