Ahead of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) joined Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, to discuss life, and the impact abortion has on women. Women, they argued, should feel empowered through their careers, communities, and families—not through the abortion lobby. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from their op-ed, which was recently published in TIME.
“This year, as in years past, marchers will peacefully assemble by the tens of thousands on the National Mall to honor the more than 57 million lives lost to abortion; we will demand change. At its core, this movement is not political or even religious. It is a demand for justice, and it is an act of compassion—one that we fully embrace.”
“We reject the lie that anti-abortion Americans are part of a ‘war on women’ because we have seen true sexism up close and personal as we fought for our place in our respective careers. We know that abortion is not a means of female empowerment; it is a heartbreaking choice that ends one life and can damage another—and that is the true war on women.”
“We also oppose abortion because we are willing to look at the facts that the abortion lobby continues to ignore. For example, we know that premature babies have now been saved as early as 22 weeks into fetal development, that the U.S. remains one of only seven nations to allow elective, late-term abortions, and that abortions worldwide disproportionately discriminate against baby girls.”
“The anti-abortion movement is well-founded in logic and common sense, but perhaps its greatest supporting force is love. …[We] share a fundamental belief that life is precious and that someone must speak up for the most innocent among us, too many of whom are lost daily to the tragedy of abortion.”
“On this somber anniversary, our prayer is that lawmakers would look at this age-old issue with new eyes and with softened hearts, and that the American people would feel a renewed hope that our great country will see a day when every person is welcomed in life and protected in law.”
Read the full op-ed here.