Time to Prove our Pro-Life Ethic; Transform Minnesota’s Response
Today the US Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe vs. Wade, a decision that Transform Minnesota and many pro-life Americans welcome in our passionate commitment to promote human dignity and protect the sanctity of life.
But making abortion illegal through court decisions or legislative action was never our ultimate goal; reducing abortion by resolving the desperate circumstances that women face is where our focus must truly be. A court decision will never end abortion in America.
A court decision will never end abortion in America.
Caring for women and promoting their dignity, and providing the support and assistance to mothers and families to help them raise their young children is what we must do to reduce abortions in America.
For 49 years our affiliate Ministry, New Life Family Services – and hundreds of other pregnancy centers like them across America – have cared for pregnant women, helped them access financial resources and pre-natal care, counseled them through difficult days of pregnancy, and provided diapers, clothes, car seats and parenting help after their babies were born. Through healing and counseling programs, they also care for those who have experienced an abortion. This is where pro-life values meet real life, and it is the work we must expand to prove that these are our true values.
This is where pro-life values meet real life, and it is the work we must expand to prove that these are our true values.
Reducing abortion in America also means our society must address the many gaps that often leave women and their families without the support or resources to raise a child. Too many times we have met women overwhelmed by the reality of not having the support to pay for child care, housing, baby formula or medical care once their baby is born. Abortion is never their choice, but it feels like their only option. If we are truly pro-life we must support pro-child and pro-family policies that lower the financial burdens on families, assist in meeting basic needs like housing and medical care, and allow flexibility for parental leave.
In some ways today’s court decision changes very little about abortion in America. But now is the time for us to prove our pro-woman, pro-family and pro-life values.