I currently am reading Fall and Rise, the Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff. Within the first few pages I came upon these words “ Yet with time, the unthinkable often becomes acceptable.” Mr. Zuckoff’s point in relation to the 9/11 attacks, was that immediately after the disaster New Yorkers could not conceive of any type of public celebratory event. But when the New York Giants won the Superbowl in 2008 – seven years later – a ticker-tape parade took place, thereby signaling that things were getting back to “normal”. The horrendous events of that day now were becoming history.
As soon as I read those words, abortion came to mind. Abortion was unthinkable and the word itself was not even spoken aloud generations ago. However as time marched on, the word abortion entered our daily lexicon and ultimately became celebrated as a reproductive right. Taking a child’s life is now acceptable or normal – at least to much of mainstream society. Roe v Wade is read about in history books – all cleaned up as a legal argument without a mention of the millions of heartbeats that have been stopped decade after decade in the name of personal choice and rights.
But perhaps during this Fall 2019 40 Days for Life campaign, we can turn the phrase around to envision that for which we strive. Perhaps with continued prayer over time the right to an abortion will become unthinkable. Perhaps a universal light bulb will go off with the realization that abortion is child abuse in its most gruesome form. Perhaps those who continue their misguided fight for abortion rights will realize how morally bankrupt a society is that allows and celebrates any type of harm to innocent children. The struggle against abortion can seem endless at times but we need to remember that the unthinkable – a world without abortion – can become acceptable with our participation, prayer and God’s help.
To get involved in making a world without abortion acceptable, visit the 40 Days for Life website and sign up for a local vigil campaign near you.