In Dallas, Texas, a young woman delivered a valedictorian speech to her graduating high school class. Switching her original speech to instead comment on the recent Heartbeat Bill passed in Texas, she said:
In light of recent events, it feels wrong to talk about anything but what is currently affecting me and millions of other women in this state. Starting in September, there will be a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Six weeks—that’s all women get.
What is most heartbreaking about this speech is how strongly convinced she, and many other young girls are, of the vicious lie that it is impossible to achieve her dreams and aspirations without the ability to end the life of her unborn child.
The March for Life is dedicated to sharing the truth that motherhood and achieving one’s dreams can go hand in hand!
Last week, a pro-life advocate posted a beautiful response on Facebook sharing her pain from a past abortion and hope for all mothers, facing similar unexpected or difficult pregnancies.
In her post, she shared, “As an immature teenage girl, I believed the lie that ending the life of my child would restore my dreams, my goals and my aspirations… The last thing I would ever want for my beautiful girls is to believe that lie.”
We know the truth is that life empowers and that abortion destroys by taking the life of one and wounding the life of another.
Last year, a brave March for Life attendee sent us these photos of her son on graduation day with these encouraging words: “My son was born days after I completed my first semester at Columbia Law School. I rejected the need to choose between motherhood and my dreams of becoming a lawyer. I would have never graduated with honors or gotten my dream job without him pushing me to be better every single day.”
So many women believe the lie that if you are faced with an unexpected pregnancy, and choose to bring the baby to term, you cannot achieve lifelong dreams and aspirations.
Yet, stories like this graduate show the truth that regardless of your circumstances, it is still possible to fulfill your dreams, accomplish your goals, and have your baby.
Our goal at the March for Life has always been to help bring about a world where the beauty and dignity of every human life is valued and protected. Women do not have to choose between motherhood and their careers and dreams.
Let’s continue to fight to build a culture of life!