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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pro Life, Pro Hope

"The most dangerous place for a baby is in the mother's womb."

When I heard Cardinal Seán say this during his homily at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, D.C. before going out to join the crowd for this year's March for Life, I stopped taking notes. Nothing else hit me as hard as those words and it finally clicked why all these people had come to the nation's capital.

To think that the womb, where babies are at their most vulnerable, where they develop and are nourished by their mothers for the first nine months they are on this planet, is the only place where they are not legally protected is not only not right; it's cruel.

As a young woman who has never been particularly maternal, I've always been told that once I eventually become pregnant, that motherly instinct kicks in. But what could be less motherly than to kill your own child?

That is what I thought of as I walked with over 400,000 people holding banners and signs protesting abortion. That's what I thought of when I talked to a high school girl whose mother chose to keep her baby, despite being only 18 years old when she became pregnant.

American playwright and author Eda J. Le Shan once said, "A new baby is like the beginning of all things--wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."

When we commit abortion, we aren't only killing a baby, which is bad enough. We're also killing hope and possibilities.

Kate Andrews
Associate Producer | The CatholicTV® Network

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