Letter

Reflections on three years

March-for-Life

March 6 marked the three year anniversary of my time as a contributor for Live Action News. As I look back, I can see that I have truly come a long way.

I have had few constants in my life as my time here with Live Action News, and I would like to reflect on that.

At the March for Life 2015

At the March for Life 2015.

My personal life lessons as a writer could be applied to other positions, but I do want to focus on a pro-life perspective.

Here are just a few things I’ve learned during my time as a contributor, and more importantly, why I keep writing.

At the March for Life 2013 with Fordham University students.

At the March for Life 2013 with Fordham University students.

You never know just how much you may mean to others.

This may seem like both a positive and a negative, but I think it’s the beauty about being involved in the pro-life movement. Someone may read your piece and the stage may be set for his or her conversion to the movement. It may cause them to think; it may make their day. All are worthwhile reasons to write, even if you don’t know how people are impacted.

With Julia Pritchett, a friend, fellow pro-lifer and sidewalk counselor.

With Julia Pritchett, a friend, fellow pro-lifer and sidewalk counselor.

We all have our unique talents and gifts.

I’ve been truly blessed in my writing. I feel it’s what I’ve been called to do. I have immense respect for those out in the field, doing sidewalk counseling, for instance. But I’ve realized there is no need to compare that calling as being superior or inferior to mine, as we all have our part to play.

Rallying for Hobby Lobby before the Supreme Court.

Rallying for Hobby Lobby before the Supreme Court.

Education is important!

I have always been pro-life. It wasn’t until I got to college, however, that I really found out how much abortion damages women. The more I learned, the more I felt affirmed in regarding abortion as a true evil. As advocates for our most basic human right, it is our responsibility to educate society. It is imperative to make sure that what we communicate to people is accurate.

With New York Right to Life in 2013 as a presence against Governor Cuomo's Abortion Expansion Act.

With New York Right to Life in 2013 as a presence against Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Act.

There are opponents out there.

The abortion debate draws out all kinds of people. Our opponents like to paint us as the extremists. To take the viewpoint of advocating for the murder of preborn children, and even performing it up until birth, for any reason, is what’s really extreme though. There are some who even advocate for abortion after birth, or in cases when the child is born alive as a result of a botched abortion. Pro-abortion antagonism comes in all forms – from organizations, politiciansmedia sites, contributors, and individual who comment on articles. But you can’t let them get you down.

With Father Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life, at the National Right to Life Committee Convention in 2012.

With Father Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life, at the National Right to Life Committee Convention in 2012.

Politics and faith can have their place.

I am proudly pro-life without exception, as well as Republican and Catholic. I choose to combine politics and faith with my pro-life identity. I especially think it is most productive and helpful to achieve pro-life successes from a political level. I have also learned that we don’t always need to discuss faith and politics. There are instances where such conversation have their place, and other times when they do not.

At Students for Life of America Conference in 2014 with Kelsey Hazzard, president of Secular Pro-Life.

At Students for Life of America Conference in 2014 with Kelsey Hazzard, president of Secular Pro-Life.

To sum it up: It’s not always easy to be pro-life, but it is worth it! We have truth, love, and life on our side. It’s really a passion and a calling in life to stick with. I am so glad that I chose to answer my calling to write to promote life. I look forward to seeing what the future brings me as I work to communicate the pro-life message to all I can. I thank all of you who have supported me in my time so far with Live Action, and I look forward to showing you what else I am capable of!

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