Marching for Life

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involvement in the pro-life movement began when I was in high school
and continued until my own maternal duties demanded my full attention.
For more than ten years, I worked in crisis pregnancy centers, prayed
and counseled in front of abortion clinics, marched, petitioned,
picketed, and visited pro-lifers in jail. Though it was small potatoes
by comparison to what others have sacrificed, it was some of the
most difficult, heart-wrenching, and spiritually rewarding work
I have ever done.

none of my dealings with pro-lifers during those years prepared
me for the near complete indifference of so many fellow pro-lifers
and co-religionists to the outrageous injustice of the war in Iraq,
or their elevation to the status of a demigod of a president whose
public harangues are redolent of those of every tyrant or dictator
who has ever promised to bring his own brand of peace, equality,
and justice at the point of a sword; a man who now brazenly claims
that his actions are no longer to be subjected to scrutiny because
he won the election.

years of circulating photographs of aborted babies hardened us to
the photographs of dead or hooded, naked and leashed inmates in
American military prisons? Has listening to the ugly shouts from
mobs of pro-aborts outside of clinics deafened us to the screams
of Iraqi mothers mourning their children and husbands, of children
mourning their parents? Will the hungry, thirsty, and naked who
are imprisoned in George Bush's gulag, or the homeless, sick, and
dead in American-occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, not have their angel-advocates
at the Last Judgment? Is Arab life less sacred? Are the born worthy
of no pity?

do pro-lifers not speak out against the use of chemical weapons,
napalm and napalm-like bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why do pro-lifers
not condemn the use of depleted uranium weapons which will continue
to deform unborn Arab babies long after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
are forgotten by Americans? Shame on pro-lifers for allowing the
pro-choice Left to claim these issues for themselves. What do we
get in exchange for our support, anyway? Alberto Gonzales, who supported
the "right" of underage girls to get abortions without
their parents' consent in Texas. Have you ever heard him criticize
Roe vs. Wade as vocally as he does the Geneva Convention? It's a
twisted sort of calculus that dictates that we swap support of George
Bush's unjust and unjustly fought war for some gutless rhetoric
against abortion.

will never prosper our work so long as we are so parsimonious with
our compassion, and willing to barter in this way with our feelings
of outrage.

25, 2005

Rao [send her mail], who lives
in Manhattan, is a homeschooling mother of three.

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