You could say our 2020 fundraising banquet -- held this year online due to pandemic restrictions -- featured multiple survivors of abortion. In fact, hundreds.
Everyone who was born after 1973 survived abortion; any one of you with a birthday after that date who joined us on Thursday, September 17th, survived Roe v. Wade's decision making your life expendable.
But Melissa literally survived a late-term saline abortion. Baby Hope, born less than a year ago right here in Massachusetts, survived her doctors' pressuring her mother again and again to abort her merely because of an adverse fetal diagnosis.
Melissa, 43 years ago | Melissa, now, speaking to us.
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From the Desk of the Executive Director.
Some thoughts on the Theme of the 2020 Virtual Banquet
There are as many interpretations for the terms comprising our 2020 Virtual Banquet theme, “Love. Fight. Thrive,” as there are people who hear, see, or experience them.
Here’s how they speak to me:
A dictionary defines “thrive” to mean “progress toward or realization of a goal despite, or because of, circumstances.” For pro-lifers, the goal has always been the same – protecting and defending the lives of the unborn, the elderly, and disabled – the lives of society’s voiceless and weakest members whom the culture of death deems of little value.
For some, “thriving” has meant acquiring great wealth, power, or fame. For pro-lifers, however, these are not essential. For them, thriving consists in being an agent of lasting cultural change that safeguards the lives of strangers, most of whom they will never meet. It is in the simple act of living generously the life that God has given with a heart open to receiving life’s tangible and intangible blessings.
- Pro-lifers, who pray outside abortion mills, thrive when even one baby is spared from abortion to become whoever she was meant to be. Pro-lifers, who advocate for patients’ rights, thrive when a family rejects today’s all too common medical practice of denying an elderly patient food and water to hasten the patient’s death. Pro-lifers who fight against doctor-prescribed suicide thrive when those, who promote suicide as a solution to aging or protracted illness, fail to enact their lethal legislation.
- Pro-lifers also see “thriving” as that trickle-down effect that produces opportunities, support, and community for the marginalized and potential victims of anti-life policies to achieve personal victories over adversity. An infant, who survives an attempted abortion because a pro-life nurse rescued her, thrives when she defeats the senseless evil of abortion and goes on to fulfill the promise of a life well-lived; a post-abortive woman thrives when, with the help and support of a pro-life organization, she conquers lifelong demons of guilt and regret to finally find her peace; and an elder thrives when a pro-life family or other pro-life support system values his life and welcomes him with compassion. Daughters and sons of immigrants thrive when pro-lifers welcome their parents, and promote just immigration policies.
None of these “life-victories” comes easily. They require the persistence and drive inherent to the human spirit and a mind set on a single objective – LIFE. But the rewards are worth the struggles because a life is priceless, and there is no greater good than that we support it to thrive.
We invite our guests to THRIVE with us, sharing victories for LIFE.
What does "thrive" mean to you as a member of the movement?
How do you see others thrive because of your pro-life action?
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Leader of Grupo Pro-Vida in Lawrence, MA, Gus Mendieta is a tireless advocate for the unborn and the disabled in Massachusetts. As an immigrant from Ecuador, he has first-hand experience of being part of a marginalized community. He moved to the Commonwealth with his family as a child. As an adult, he joined the army. He served honorably and went on to marry and have children; but it was his experience of their miscarriage that brought him fully and completely into a loving, fighting commitment to the pro-life movement.
He and his wife were sent to a clinic that performed abortions when their baby died. "I have always been against abortion but I became a pro-life fighter after my wife suffered a miscarriage," says Gus, "The hospital sent us to another clinic (which does abortion) to have the baby removed. It was a traumatic experience ."
The grassroots action of individual citizens at the chapter, town, and city level are what ultimately change hearts and minds, and it is those hearts and minds that change culture and laws. Gus shows us what it means to start at the root. His love and advocacy for the disabled, of whom his son is one, is just another branch of his commitment to protecting human life.
Come hear him tell his story, and rally us for life in Massachusetts as gather ONLINE on September 17, at 7:00PM. Register for the ONLINE event here or by clicking the banner below.
President of the National Right to Life, Carol Tobias will join us this September 17th at 7:00PM online, as one of our special guest speakers at our annual fundraising banquet.
A native of North Dakota, Tobias has served on the NRLC board of directors since 1987. From 1983 to 1991 she was executive director of North Dakota Right to Life and in 1991 was hired as NRLC political director, a position she held until 2005. Mrs. Tobias was elected her current position by the NRLC board of directors at its spring board meeting. The board of directors is comprised of representatives from each of NRLC’s 50 state affiliates and 8 directors elected at-large. NRLC is the nation’s pro-life organization representing the country’s grassroots pro-life citizens and activists.
“The pro-life movement is the greatest social cause of our time,” says Tobias. “I am eager to continue National Right to Life’s educational, legislative and political efforts to advance the right to life of the most vulnerable members of our human family – the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.”
Her tenacity and her selfless commitment to serving the pro-life movement, and the women and children it seeks to protect, is an inspiration. Tobias has lived what it means to love and to fight so that others may thrive, and we can't wait to hear her in September.
Come hear her inspirational message by joining us on September 17, at 7:00PM. Register for the ONLINE event here or by clicking the banner below.
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