Civil movement

The real work for the pro-life movement starts now

I really don’t have much of a reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Perhaps it was because the writing was on the wall after the ill-fated draft notice leaked less than two months ago.

I’m pro-life, but here in West Texas, the lack of an abortion center has kind of made the abortion industry a non-factor.

I hope those who are so pro-life don’t drive up the proverbial football. While this is a necessary victory for the unborn child, there is still work to be done, even in West Texas. We pro-lifers should move forward making sure facilities, like the Life Center in Midland, are ready for any new clients that come their way. The need will likely be greater in other areas of Texas, where abortion on demand was a reality.

The pro-abortion side will seek to put just about any story of a woman negatively impacted by the court ruling in front of leaders or sympathetic media. The focus of those in Midland, West Texas and the state should be to ensure the resources are there to help these women and unborn children.

I think it goes without saying that women could still travel to take the life of an unborn child. The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday and the work of Texas state leaders may not stop those in our region from seeking an alternative. Say a prayer for these women, because the decision they will make is not easy.

But we have a duty to act as if the rest of the nation is watching. Just as we need to ensure that women have everything (non-abortion related) they want from family planning, the responsible step is to ensure that pregnancy centers, non-profit organizations and others have the resources to care for the woman and child in the future. We will be happy to use the space in this document for those who wish to inform the public of the resources that your entity could provide.

Another thing about today seems quite remarkable. I am 50 years old. Basically, Roe vs. Wade has been the law of the land my whole life — at least until Friday. It’s hard to think that a major civil rights issue has changed so dramatically. I never thought this would happen in my life.

A second thing I think about is how hit or miss this issue has been. In my mind one can plead for rape, incest and the life of the mother (the rare cases of abortion). But these cases have been singled out by one side as the rule and not the exception. The pro-abortion side had the upper hand and was unwilling to compromise, even though that’s probably where the majority was in our country. It was – like many problems – all or nothing. This is our policy today.