We in the prolife movement are fighting for something that affects every American. Our goal is simple and beautiful: full legal protection for every innocent life from conception till natural death. Like the anti-slavery and civil rights movements before us, we face entrenched selfish interests which have to cloak the evil they foster behind a cloud of double-talk—because even they know that the truth is on our side. And if abortion laws change, the culture will have to change. If we start respecting unborn children, that will also demand respect for women. And not everyone wants that—witness the loutish “prochoice” college boys who adopted the slogan “Hos Before Embyros.” That really does say it all.
Maybe part of our failure stems from this: The truth that the unborn child deserves protection is so obvious and so important that we’ve been reluctant to get down in the trenches and fight like a special interest for our cause. We were confident that God would turn people’s hearts and set things right. But that isn’t how things work. We know from a trustworthy source that it isn’t enough to be “innocent as doves.” We must also be “wise as serpents.” Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper,” learned from his father that the world is full of wolves and sheep, and that what it needs are sheepdogs. If we want to be the sheepdogs who guard a million unborn American lambs, what we need is to grow some teeth.
If any of the above sounds unreasonable to you and you’re a pro-life activist, you need to find a less important cause to be tepid and timid about. If you actually work for a pro-life organization and you aren’t willing to take unborn life as seriously as the gun lobby takes ammunition, you had better find another job, where the stakes aren’t life and death, in the millions.
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