Love is and always will be the basis of the pro-life movement

Love is and always will be the basis of the pro-life movement

Each year, the March for Life theme is carefully chosen to reflect the message we deem most needed for the hearts and minds of our community and our country.

Though we look forward to gathering the pro-life community in our nation’s capital on Jan. 19 it is our sincere hope that love will one day prevail, and that this 45 annual March for Life will be the last of its kind.

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Thus, the 2018 March for Life theme is “Love Saves Lives” — a reminder that love is, and always has been, woven into the fiber of the pro-life movement, and that it will ultimately be the power that makes abortion unthinkable.

 

Love is sacrificial in nature. Deep down, we are all drawn to selflessness, which makes love a universally attractive concept.

Choosing the gift of life for another over the needs of our own is perhaps the most profound example of sacrificial love, and it is the very reason we march. It is the reason hundreds of thousands of Americans have peacefully paraded down the streets of our nation’s capital for the past 45 years and, while it will not bring back the millions of lives lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade, the March for Life continues to be a beacon of inspiration, empowering others to save countless lives not yet born.

Though we only march once a year, love save lives every single day. This year’s speakers serve as just a few examples.

Pam Tebow, for instance, made the brave decision to choose life for her son at the possible cost of losing her own. Due to a high-risk pregnancy, doctors urged her to abort her baby, yet Pam selflessly decided to have her future Heisman Trophy winning son, Tim.

Kelly Rosati, a speaker at our conference and March for Life Board Member, is a beautiful example of love saving lives through adoption — a noble choice for biological and adoptive parents alike. Kelly and her husband have adopted four children, giving them a stable and loving home so that they too may grow up to be examples of the wholesome power of love.

Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerForcing faith-based agencies out of the system is a disservice to women Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Governors criticize Trump move on pre-existing conditions GOP lawmaker looks to address racial disparities in maternal mortality rates MORE (R-Wash.) faced rejection from countless doctors when seeking treatment for her daughter who had developed a condition in utero that was considered to be 100 percent fatal. However, her belief in the sanctity life drove her to become the ninth lawmaker ever to have a baby in Congress — a baby that is now a happy and healthy 3-year-old thanks to her mother’s courage and love.

Last, but certainly not least, the over one hundred thousand participants at this year’s March for Life all have their own opportunity to consider how they can save lives through love.  

It may be volunteering at Pregnancy Resource Centers, helping women navigate unexpected pregnancies to become confident, well-supported mothers or raising children with special needs and disabilities, honoring the inherent dignity of their child’s life with insurmountable compassion.

Some may be heroic, others may be smaller, but none are insignificant.

No matter their story, they are the consensus. They are the 8 in 10 Americans who believe abortion on-demand is reprehensible. They stand with the majority of our country in opposing the use of taxpayer dollars to fund our nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

They are the resounding, unified voice of the pro-life movement who march for a culture that enlists the power of love to create a world that empowers others to choose life.

Jeanne Mancini is the president of the March for Life, which is a pro-life organization.