Monday, January 30, 2017

Why I March – An Adoption Story

Clarke Forsythe, Acting President & Senior Counsel
Americans United for Life

As thousands come to Washington, D.C. to brave the January weather, pro-life men, women and children will join together to share our love for mothers and their unborn children, and to pledge to work for a world in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. While our goals are similar, our motivations to stand for life are our own story.

Our newest AUL staff attorney Deanna Wallace, in a USA Today article, shared her story, why SHE marches for Life, writing about her experience as one of three children in foster care.

All of this sounds pretty horrible -- a lot of suffering, a lot of neglect, and little love. Would it be better for these three little children to never have been born? After all, then they would never suffer from neglect, never be hungry, never be hurt, never have to cry themselves to sleep. Many abortion advocates will talk about how it would be better to abort than to bring unwanted children into this world, and would argue that the fate of these three children proves their point…

But this is only half of their story.

They are adopted, all of them at the same time, by two amazing parents. Their parents love and adore them … Baby #3 went to law school and is now an attorney with the nation’s leading pro-life legal team at Americans United for Life. She gets to spend every day helping state legislators and policy groups pass laws that protect other unwanted children, giving them the chance to overcome the circumstances of their birth, just like she did. Baby #3 is me.

This is my family. This is my story. This is why I march.

Wallace joins AUL’s team fighting to protect mothers and their unborn children from abortion industry abuses at the state level and where we are energized by what may be possible at the federal level in light of the new administration.

This week I have a piece at Human Life Review looking at the high stakes arena of the Supreme Court where we hope to see Roe v. Wade reconsidered, given its horrific impact on women and the unborn as well as its poor legal reasoning.

I noted, “If everything were to fall into place quickly, and Justice Scalia and a pro-abortion justice were replaced by “pro-life” justices, it’s plausible to conceive of a Roe test case arriving at the Supreme Court within four years. It would be against overwhelming odds, however, because nothing has fallen into place quickly for the cause for life since the 1973 Roe decision.”

But with news of a pending announcement of a Supreme Court pick from President Trump, we have a lot to look forward to at the high court. And AUL will be front and center making the case for Life.

Whatever you’re reason for supporting mothers and their unborn children, we appreciate your commitment to helping us fight for life in legislatures and courtrooms. And together, we can enjoy new victories for those most vulnerable.

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