PRO-LIFE BASICS: How can you continue to fight for the babies after more than 46 years of legally-protected abortion?

The short answer is that, as long as just one baby’s life is taken, we cannot rest. Abortion is the vilest of crimes in the history of mankind.

The longer answer is that if we tire of this struggle, we have given in to the noonday devil. When Father Paul Scalia wrote about this temptation to slack off and depart the work at hand, he said, “We need to reflect deliberately and often on the truths of our faith, the attributes of God, the events of our Lord’s life, etc. And when, not if, we grow tired, we need to look to Our Lord and push through the difficulty. We need to remain with Him and not fear the one who lays waste at noon.”

The one who lurks in the darkness is, of course, the devil. And his greatest victory would come about because people like us gave up our quest for justice for the babies, the elderly, and the vulnerable. The noonday devil is the temptation to quit, and that is something we cannot surrender to as long as we have one breath to draw on this earth.

When I grow weary, I close my eyes and I see one baby screaming for help as his mother ingests a chemical that will kill him before he even has a chance to implant in her womb. He is so tiny that he cannot be seen without a microscope. Yet every aspect of his DNA is there. And I remind myself that he—just like you and me—is a person who deserves to live. That, my friends, is all it takes to wake me up, once again, to the reality of what we are doing and why we are fighting so hard.

There have been so many times that I have heard this sop: “That blob of cells does not look like a baby; it cannot be a baby.” And I always say to whomever it is, as well as to myself, “You looked that way. Thank God your mother did not choose to kill you.” 

We resolve every day not to rest until every method of killing the babies is ended. Whether that killing occurs in the IVF lab, in the cloning lab, through the actions of the pill or a device, or at the hands of a paid abortionist, it is killing, and we will work to stop it. We have no choice because we will never surrender to the noonday devil.

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Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president of American Life League and served 15 years as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.