In 1973, fearing a growing culture of death in our country, experts in the fields of science, medicine, medical ethics, constitutional law and religion formed activist groups with the mission of educating the public about abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.
They also became involved in legislative aspects of the issues and called themselves "pro-life," a term they created to encompass all three areas.
This modest beginning of supporters of life has burgeoned into what I believe is probably the largest peaceful protest movement our country has ever seen. Thousands of activist groups speak out not only for the rights of women and children, but also for those who are targeted for medical rationing: the elderly and the handicapped.
Undaunted by the economic and political power of the opposition, dedicated grassroots volunteers keep their focus on the fact that innocent human life is destroyed in the process of legally practicing what is called "choice."
Today, the good news is that despite 41 years of legalized abortion, great strides have been made in positive directions. Most people know, thanks to ultrasound, intrauterine surgery, and education from life-supporting groups, that a human being exists inside a pregnant woman -- not a faceless, formless blob of cells.
Polls indicate the majority of Americans (72 percent) believe abortion past viability should not be permitted.
Even the latest white paper, "State Policies on Later Abortions" from the Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood), states, "41 states prohibit some abortions after a certain point in pregnancy."
Hopefully, some day a new court ruling will be created that will allow our most vulnerable citizens their basic right to life.