Then & Now

Back in 1996, Senator Barbara Boxer insisted during a debate with Senator Rick Santorum on the U.S. Senate floor, that an infant only has rights “when you bring your baby home” from the hospital.

I remember listening in disbelief as she said that a baby wasn’t even a baby during the delivery process.

A public outcry unleashed. People were anguished and asking, “How can we possibly defend infanticide also known as a fourth-trimester abortion?”

Two decades later, that has become the norm. The pro-abortionist lobby used to champion – safe, legal and rare. Not anymore. Their message today is that you have a right to take the life of your unborn baby whenever you deem desirable.

My body, my choice is the new tagline.

This ideology must be challenged. Any society that does not protect the most vulnerable, will lose its moral compass and become a culture of death.

On February 25th, U.S. Senators failed to get the necessary votes to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act.  Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), the bill’s sponsor noted that this legislation would do nothing more than require that doctors give babies who survived a botched abortion the same level of care that would be given to any other baby at the same stage of development.

In a passionate plea, Senator Sasse stated,

“Condemning infanticide should be a unanimous vote. It’s a basic human rights issue. Providing the bare minimum is humane treatment should not be complicated: You’re either with babies, or you’re for infanticide.”

The refusal to condemn infanticide is both tragic and alarming. The powerful abortion industry has spent millions of dollars towards campaigns, resulting in politicians no longer having the courage to defend a baby outside of the womb.

Every leader should be able to affirm that every human being has value. Especially the precious little ones who survive an abortion. Our laws must protect the most vulnerable among us.

Infanticide should be unthinkable!

How should we respond?

First, we need to be heartbroken. Heartfelt sorrow empowers us to action.

Secondly, pray for God-fearing men and women to be elected. Leaders who will have the backbone to affirm public policy that protects and cherishes the most vulnerable among us.

Finally, let your voice be heard. Nebraska Family Alliance is an ally with Focus on the Family through their public policy arm, Family Policy Alliance. Focus on the Family’s President, Jim Daly recognizes this is one of those moments for the pro-life community to respond. We can’t be silent, we must respond in faith, displaying courage, conviction, and commitment to defending those who can’t defend themselves.

See Life Clearly

Jim Daly recently announced the largest pro-life effort in Focus on the Family’s history. It’s called See Life Clearly.

As part of this initiative, you can sign A Declaration for Life – a petition of signatures to be presented to the White House and Congress, demonstrating that pro-life voters are committed to pushing back against the culture of death.

To make your life-affirming voice heard, sign the petition at www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life.

Mr. Daly also invites you to join them in New York City on Saturday, May 4 and fill Times Square with pro-life Americans for an event called Alive from New York. It will feature live music, compelling and inspirational speakers and best of all, live 4-D ultrasounds broadcast on a massive digital marquee in Times Square, powerfully showing the world that a baby inside the womb is fully human and should be given the chance to be born.

Obstacles may abound, but we can change them into opportunities to affirm that every human has been created in the image of God and should be cherished and protected.

Visit focusonthefamily.com/prolife to sign the Declaration of Life and learn how you can attend “Alive from New York” on May 4th.

Karen Bowling

Karen Bowling

Executive Director at Nebraska Family Alliance
When Karen isn't fulfilling her duties as the Executive Director of NFA, leading a women's Bible study, or coordinating a prayer meeting, she's usually with her four grand children that keep her busy, laughing, and young at heart.
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