It was gray and cold; the weather seemed appropriate to the event at hand. It was Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 15th, 2017, and we were remembering the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade ruling on that winter day forty-four years ago when that coldest of practices, abortion, became the law of the land. The death toll recently passed 58 million. We mourned their loss on Sunday, but we didn’t linger in the gray mood. In fact, the dominant feeling of the day was hope.
Our group of pro-life warriors represented at least three generations, our youngest participant having barely reached her 23rd birthday and our oldest in her 80s. We shared hot cocoa, home-baked cookies, and our stories of hope.
We spoke of recent advances in the pro-life cause such as Alabama’s State Supreme Court ruling on the wrongful death of a pre-born baby, and the banning of abortions at 20 weeks (and beyond) in several more states. We anticipated a new pro-life Supreme Court Justice, and the possibility of a federal budget that doesn’t include funding for Planned Parenthood.
In closing, we encouraged one another to take on the tough conversations. While enjoying the company of fellow like-minded, life-minded compatriots we acknowledged the necessity of leaving our comfort zones and looking for ways to share the message of life.
We may never know how a few words at the right moment can change a heart. On that note, I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and develop a 30 second elevator pitch on the sanctity of life. As we all know, being well prepared is more than half the battle.