“In the week since Barack Obama’s presidential election victory, two things have become apparent,” commented Pro-Life Action League National Director Joe Scheidler. “First, come January, the pro-life movement is going to be facing the most hostile political environment we’ve ever known. And second, pro-lifers across the country are turning to grassroots activism as the most effective way to meet that challenge.
Obama is expected to immediately reverse some of President George Bush’s pro-life measures, including the Mexico City Policy that bans the expenditure of federal funds on international abortions. He intends to pour federal funds into human experimentation in the form of embryonic stem cell research. And he has vowed to appoint “pro-choice” judges to the federal courts.
Obama has also promised his allies at Planned Parenthood that he intends to push Congress to pass the Freedom of Choice Act, which would sweep away all existing restrictions on abortion, such as the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Activism is the answer
But as grim as the prospect of the nation’s most pro-abortion administration ever may be, Scheidler is confident that the pro-life movement is equal to the task.
He points out that if Obama follows through on the Freedom of Choice bill, it would be an unprecedented opportunity to educate the people on how unrestricted abortion really is in this country—and how important it is that we defend the few restrictions already on the books, like parental invovlement and the ban on partial birth abortion, measures which the majority of Americans support.
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“The election results are a call to action,” Scheidler said. “Many pro-life Americans are waking up to the realization that they cannot sit and wait for the politicians and judges to restore legal protection to unborn babies. If we want to save babies from abortion, we’ve got to save them ourselves.”
Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League have never been content to await a political solution. “From the beginning, my mission has been to mobilize opposition to abortion on the local level. When a pro-lifer reaches out to an abortion bound mother and gives her the help she needs to choose life, Roe v. Wade has been overturned for that baby.”
What’s always been needed is pro-life evangelism—conversion of our fellow Americans. “It’s our duty as citizens and as Christians,” Scheidler explained, “to changes hearts on abortion, one by one. And that’s just what we’re going to do during the Obama presidency.”