Today, a small group of pro-life leaders and thousands online gathered to take part in the March for Life. One of the main speakers was Lila Rose, the founder and president of Live Action.
“The March for Life is an ignition point,” Rose said in an interview with The Daily Citizen. “It’s a time for activists to come together, to rally together, to take a stand, and from that be inspired for the rest of the year round. The March for Life is one day, an important day, but also our movement is about every single day resisting the influence of abortion in our communities. Every day, standing up for human dignity and human rights every single day.
“So as important as the March is, we have to make every day important in the defense of preborn children.”
Marching every year and proclaiming the pro-life cause every day is important now more than ever as the nation is facing one of the most pro-abortion administrations in history. Already, pro-life gains made during the presidency of Donald Trump have been overturned via executive order.
“I think it’s a tremendous concern,” Rose said. “Already, President Joe Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy and reversed the Title X rule, which means that $60 million dollars can go back to Planned Parenthood. It’s a really huge threat that the administration poses to children in the womb. There are plans to continue to expand the abortion industry. They’re repealing the Hyde Amendment and codifying Roe v. Wade, which means abortion on demand for all nine months of pregnancy paid for by the federal government.”
“There’s a tremendous amount of work for us to do, and we have to fight in 2022 to take back both the Senate and the House.”
The disappointing outcome of the 2020 election, when it comes to life, doesn’t mean that the pro-life fight stops, as what’s truly important is changing the hearts and minds of people across the country. Live Action, under Rose’s leadership, is continuing to do great work and seeing the pro-life movement grow.
“I’ve been privileged to see the pro-life movement grow and Live Action, right now, is the digital leader for the pro-life movement, with the millions of people we reach every day regarding the truth about abortion and human dignity,” Rose explained. “So, we just continually see people join the movement. It’s very exciting to watch that happen.
“The more that people are educated and become aware of what is actually happening with the abortion industry, what an abortion does to a preborn child, how devastating it is and its negative consequences for women and society, they become pro-life. The movement is growing.”
“Politically this is a step back. But the good news is that there is good cultural work that is being done, and in the end, that is what will ensure that the political successes are not short-term but long-lived,” Rose said.
How these long-term successes are achieved is by getting people involved in the pro-life fight and encouraging them to engage in this critically important issue.
“This movement needs everyone,” Rose said. “People of every background, every age, every belief. The pro-life movement needs you.”
As part of this effort, Rose just wrote a book that will be published on May 4 entitled “Fighting for Life.” According to the publisher, “With raw and intimate stories from both her personal life and public activism, Lila Rose, the founder of Live Action and the face of the millennial pro-life movement, presents a guidebook for becoming a force for good in a broken world.”
Rose explained, “There are so many ways for you to get involved in the pro-life movement. And I urge everyone reading this article to start investigating and exploring options to get started.”
Live Action also has an Ambassadors program that people can sign up for, which provides them with “exclusive training, content, resources, and calls to action in this fight to defend the preborn.” The group also helps connect interested pro-life supporters with local events.
“We’re helping to spark a lot of local activism,” Rose said. “That’s a big focus for us. We’re also embarking on some major public awareness campaigns, including awareness campaign on the abortion pill and the abortion pill reversal options.”
“A lot of women regret the abortion instantly, after taking that first abortion pill.”
The abortion pill process can be reversed if women act quickly enough. The protocol calls for women who ingested the abortion pill mifepristone, to receive a regime of progesterone before they take the second part of the abortion pill process, a drug known as misoprostol. The protocol works, though it must be done within 24-48 hours after taking mifepristone.
The abortion industry continues to fight against this commonsense and safe medical response.
In addition, Live Action will continue to perform its undercover investigations on the abortion industry and continue to produce its educational videos.
“One of the big things we do at Live Action is to expose the evil and show the victim. So, we actually show medical animations of abortion procedures and you can see the development of the baby,” Rose said.
“We will be launching a new campaign soon called The Olivia Project, which follows the life through life-like medical animation of the baby in the womb from the moment of fertilization. So that kind of imagery and exposing what the abortion procedure actually does is mind-changing, it’s game-changing.”
In polling done after releasing one of their videos, Rose reports that 30% of pro-choice women say that the content they’ve seen makes them want to oppose abortion. Even those who already follow Live Action changed their minds after watching some of these educational videos.
“We are seeing hearts and minds change, and that’s exactly where we need to be focusing as a movement.”
The pro-life movement is more important now to Rose than ever before as she welcomed a son just last year.
“It just made me more passionate and convicted that children deserve our love and protection and nothing less,” she shared. “It has also made me more heartbroken. Holding my son, carrying my son, knowing every step of the way during my pregnancy that a child his age, even his little heart beating and later on his little legs kicking, could be legally killed in this country. There is nothing, no law to protect that little boy or girl and so, it made the heart ache and the heart break that much more intense, but also the conviction that much stronger.”
When asked about what she shared with the March on Friday morning, Rose said, “My focus will be rallying people to stand up for life.”
“I think there is a lot of grief and frustration over politics right now, which is understandable. But there’s an opportunity for us to really zero in on the huge opportunities before us. People need to be reached. People need the truth. And we’re the ones that can share it with them, whether it’s online or with our friends or neighbors or in communities. There are so many opportunities within the pro-life movement right now to grow it and build it, so that we can shore up a cultural foundation for the political successes that we all want. I’m very confident and encouraged, and hopefully I’ll be communicating that message for my virtual remarks for the March.”
The virtual March for Life, which aired Friday, January 29, can be seen here.
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