Building the culture of life

Column: Help us build the momentum behind the pro-life movement

Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: or call him at (913) 647-0350.

Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: or call him at (913) 647-0350.

by Ron Kelsey

We are seeing significant pro-life legislative activity at both the national and state levels, which will hopefully result in life-affirming laws getting passed both nationally and within the state of Kansas.

It is very important to note that this activity is the direct result of electing more pro-life politicians in the November 2010 elections, including those assuming important leadership positions. Momentum is now with the pro-life movement. This bears repeating — momentum is with the pro-life movement. The majority of the public now considers itself pro-life, according to recent polls, and this is being reflected in election results. Our culture is changing in a positive way.

How do we keep this positive momentum? Borrowing from Newton’s first law of motion, we know that objects in motion tend to stay in motion with the same speed and direction, unless acted upon by another force. A major negative force that can change this pro-life momentum is the force that supports laws that favor killing of unborn children.

Therefore, let’s pray and act so that the forces that favor legalized abortion continue to diminish and that the forces in support of life continue to grow. You play a critical role in this effort. Vote pro-life. Help elect only politicians who will vote to legally protect every human being, including unborn babies. Help create an environment whereby any politician who favors legalized abortion is considered unfit to serve and finds it impossible to get elected.

Is this possible? Certainly! Is it possible for any politician to be elected today who favors legalized slavery or who opposes a woman’s right to vote? Of course not! In the same way, any politician who supports legalized abortion must not be able to get elected.

Laws play a pivotal role in a society that is founded upon the rule of law. Laws reflect someone’s values and, in a democratic society, all of us have a right to express our values. Catholics and Christians have every right to desire that their values — not the dogma and doctrine — are reflected in law. Law is also a teacher, and immoral laws promote immorality. Legalized abortion is one of the most grievously immoral laws that promotes one of the most grievous offences and contributes significantly to the moral decay within much of our society.

The pro-life movement is very strong and committed to life and will persist until all human beings are protected in law. Please help maintain and grow the momentum the pro-life movement is now experiencing and encourage others to join in this epic battle to end the scourge of abortion in our nation. Please be a bright light in a culture of darkness.

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