Politicians have perfected the art of ignoring questions they don’t want to answer.

Whether it’s allowing them to be drowned out by the sound of a whirling helicopter, or sticking like glue to talking points regardless of what a reporter asks, we’ve come to expect either spin or silence when certain subjects are broached.

But any politician or party who thinks they can evade or skate around the subject of abortion is going to be sorely disappointed.

The legalization and championing of the taking of innocent preborn life is a defining issue of our day, a monumental moral marker that’s impossible to ignore.

Nor should it be ignored.

Maybe many have been numbed by the numbers. When you hear or read that over 60 million innocent children have been aborted since 1973, it’s a number so large that it’s difficult to fathom.

But what if you were told that more children have been aborted than currently live in 27 states combined? It’s true. Here are the 27 states:

Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Montana, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, West Virginia, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Mississippi, Kansas, Arkansas, Nevada, Iowa, Utah, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kentucky, Louisiana – and Alabama.

Eliminate every person in all those states who are alive today and you’ll get close to the number of children killed by abortion since Roe was decided by seven Supreme Court justices in 1973.

How can you ignore such a holocaust? You cannot.

The irony is that abortion zealots loudly and proudly promote the legalization of abortion, believing it to be a winning issue. They’re neither hiding behind compromise nor trying to change the subject.

It’s true that since Roe was reversed in 2022, voters in seven states have sided with abortion activists. Ballot initiatives in California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Ohio and Vermont have all gone the abortionists’ way.

Looking ahead to this coming November, the issue will be put to the test in various other states, including Florida, Maryland and New York. Efforts remain underway to get the matter before voters in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada and South Dakota.

Conventional wisdom suggests laws protecting preborn life are unpopular with a majority of the electorate, and especially suburban women – a key voting bloc.

Whether fiction or fact, the obvious and critical task facing us as pro-life Americans is to take up the cause of the innocent, tell their story, and cast a vision for the wonder and beauty of life.

First, we must unapologetically proclaim our love of the preborn and clearly state our objection to all efforts to normalize abortion. Call it what it is: barbaric. It’s inhumane. It’s wrong.

Second, we must educate those within our sphere of influence. Many who claim to support abortion have never been given good reason to change their mind. They’re going along to get along and not thinking much about it.

People of a certain age will remember the name Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Co-founder of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), the Manhattan-based obstetrician-gynecologist directed the largest abortion clinic in the western world.

“I know every facet of abortion,” he wrote in his memoir. “I helped nurture the creature in its infancy by feeding it great draughts of blood and money; I guided it through its adolescence as it grew fecklessly out of control.”

As technology began to evolve, so did Nathanson. He began questioning the morality of what he was doing.

“For the first time, we could really see the human fetus, measure it, observe it, watch it, and indeed bond with it and love it,” he wrote. “I began to do that.”

Dr. Nathanson resigned his role and spent the latter part of his life repenting and advocating for the preborn.

The world’s leading abortionist couldn’t ignore it – and neither can politicians nor radicals today.

Long odds should not stop us. Political challenges should not slow us. Pragmatists and compromisers should not derail or discourage us.

Pro-lifers don’t need to lament political feasibilities – instead, we must lead the charge to change hearts and minds in order to help others see the possibilities of a world where every child is warmly welcomed.


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