October is Respect Life Month, a month to focus on and pray for the advancement of the sacredness of life from conception to natural death. When speaking about the significance of this commemoration, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, reminds us that “God made each of us in his own image and likeness. He desires to be united with us forever in a loving relationship. God loves us, treats us with respect, and asks us to do the same with others. Every person is sacred and must be treated with the dignity they deserve. No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly – everyone should be cherished and protected!”
At Human Coalition, we believe every life is precious, made in the image of God, and deserving of our protection. We also believe abortion is a stain on America, fracturing the foundational ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that bind us together.
So how do we, as a nation, eradicate abortion – the social injustice issue of our time?
It begins in our homes and spreads into our schools, churches, and communities. There’s a saying attributed to Gandhi, to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” When it comes to ending abortion, I can’t think of a better motto.
Each of us must look for ways to defend life. In doing so, we are obeying Scripture, which tells us to speak out for “those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8).
Perhaps it’s talking about your pro-life views at school or among your co-workers. Maybe it’s teaching your children and grandchildren about the intrinsic beauty of life so that the next generation can carry the torch of protecting life. You might go a step further by attending pro-life banquets like the one we’re hosting next month at the UPMC Club at Heinz Field. Bring your friends and family to this annual event to hear about the priceless work we’re doing to end abortion in our region.
Abortion is the social justice issue of our day, and we each have a role to play in advancing a culture of life. Thank you for standing with us as we minister to women at risk to abort, and rescue their children from abortion.