In a recent interview, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life commented on the pro-life movement’s successes. Josh Brahm of Life Report prefaced his question to Father Pavone by noting that some pro-lifers are discouraged and questioning if the American movement has accomplished anything since Roe v. Wade.
As the 25 year anniversary of the Canadian Morgentaler decision approaches, and we are reminded of what the decriminalization of abortion has wrought in our country, we should consider Father Pavone’s words.
In response to Josh’s question, “What has been the pro-life movement’s greatest victory or victories?” Father Pavone shares the following:
Well, it’s always in the lives that we save. We know that there have been over 53 million children killed by surgical abortion since Roe v. Wade. But the numbers would be astronomically higher were it not for the work of the pro-life movement because we can count many of the lives that we have saved.
For example, the pregnancy centres are the best at doing this. They know the women they have served, the babies that have come back in their arms… [the mothers] saying “Hey, I would have aborted this child if it weren’t for you.” We know those numbers. Millions upon millions of children that were saved. But also the countless others that we cannot count because we do not know.
So the first, and most important accomplishment, is that. And as I always say, all the effort, all the activity of the entire pro-life movement would be worth it even if just one single human life were saved as a result. Or even more – even if just one single life we tried to save – and even if we hadn’t succeeded.
This is what we mean by the incalculable value of even a single life.
January 22nd and 28th may be the anniversaries of Roe v. Wade and Morgentaler. However every day is the anniversary of a life saved. Every day of the year, millions of children, teens and adults celebrate their birthdays because someone in the pro-life movement shared with their parents that life is precious and offered them care and support.
Let’s not lose heart. We are making a difference. We are saving lives. Let’s celebrate that fact every day.