Sunday, May 04, 2014

In several conversations over the last few weeks, friends or acquaintances have remarked on exactly how much trouble our country is in right now and how hopeless they feel.  More than a few have said, “What can I do? I’m just one person.”  I remember when I first threw my hat into the pro-life ring.  It was more or less with the thought that the tide has turned, the ship has sailed and nothing I can do or say will make a difference.  Of course, there really isn’t any other stance you can take once you open your eyes and heart to the truth.  I never dreamed that enough other individuals would decide that they too had no choice but to take a stand for life.  Enough to sway the hearts and minds of the American people back in favor of pro-life. Now to read that we in America are being looked to as a positive example in winning this fight is beyond belief.  And to read that Spain is now on the verge of enacting nearly an entire ban on the procedure - it’s pinch me time for sure.
I know that the U.S. still has a long way to go and that the European world likely has even farther to travel but what an example for every man, woman and child who has ever felt overwhelmed by the odds of turning the tide.  One person can make a difference.  We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who have been at the front of this battle.
“They are looking to see what has worked in the United States,” Rose said about her counterparts in Europe.
Terrence McKeegan, an American attorney who has consulted with pro-life organizations around the world, said, “Until recently, the way that Europeans looked at everything was from a very academic, philosophical perspective.”
“It’s not enough to just have good ideas and have the right ideas, but you have to have a very practical plan, a very strategic plan,” McKeegan added.
Though in Europe it is still the decision of individual countries to determine the legality of abortion and up to what point in a pregnancy abortions may be performed, more nations have been passing abortion restrictions at the insistence of pro-life activists. Spain, for example, had eased abortion laws four years ago but is now on the verge of enacting nearly an entire ban on the procedure.
Pro-life activists, however, have not only been fighting abortion at the national level but also through the courts and commissions of the European Union, which is likely to have an impact on all 28 member nations.

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