400,000. That is the number of U.S. Covid deaths reported by the U.S. thus far. The incoming administration has vowed to do everything possible to ensure efficient vaccine distribution and financial assistance to those impacted. But here’s another number: 862,320. That is the number of U.S. abortions performed in 2017 as reported by the Guttmacher Institute. These are the most recent statistics available. And no one from the incoming administration has offered any assistance to these vulnerable children. As a country – and in fact as a planet – we are all looking inward, more interested in our own self-preservation and really not interested in the struggle for life our children endure, year in and year out. We have experienced this pandemic for only about a year now and it has smothered our airwaves, while abortion has ravaged generations of children for decades in utter silence. We are encouraged to stay safe, applaud our heroes, wear our mask, wash our hands, distance ourselves, follow the various local regulations, all in an effort supposedly to “care for each other.” Again, it’s all about us. In the meantime, the regulations in place to somewhat curtail the abortion factories are being threatened and challenged. So, the result is herculean efforts to save lives from a pandemic but little or no effort to preserve newly created lives, and in fact the doors are wide open to stop these inconvenient heartbeats as swiftly as possible. Heartbeats that hold so much potential and promise. The old adage, “Hurray for me, the hell with you” comes to mind, although I am sure there are many who would say that is a little harsh, but is it? We are losing lives by the hundreds of thousands every year and there is no daily update on CNN. There is no Dr. Fauci instructing us how to save these babies. Our governors never mention this sorrowful loss of life across their states. All we have is dismissive silence or more rhetoric about the supposed value of all lives…except you know who…children who cannot yet speak or more importantly …..vote. Are they not heroes, sacrificing their lives?
“The call to protect life – and not merely life but another’s identity; it is perhaps not too much to say another’s soul – was obvious in its sacredness.” These are words written by Dr. Paul Kalanithi in his book “When Breath Becomes Air”. It is a story of his passion as a neurosurgeon while dealing with an unexpected cancer diagnosis. His words were written from a doctor’s perspective to save lives. But they so aptly apply to the issue at hand, protecting lives, identities and souls…of our preborn children.
In an effort to recognize these unborn souls, there will be a Philadelphia March of Life on January 23, 2021. The event begins with a 9:00 AM mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and will be followed by a peaceful march through center city Philadelphia, past the Philadelphia Women’s Center where 6,500 abortions are performed each year, and then a concluding rally at the Independence Mall Visitors’ Center. Covid protocols will be in place. Details can be found at the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
So, as we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected virus, so too should we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected betrayal of moral and ethical integrity by their brothers and sisters around the world, especially all those in leadership positions who claim to value life but really don’t.