This month marks two significant anniversaries, one which will make national news and one which won't. Thirty-two years ago the U.S. Supreme Court usurped the legislative powers of the People's elected representatives, declaring their acts restricting abortion unconstitutional.
A few years before that, a baby girl, born to an unwed young woman in Ohio the month before, was adopted by an infertile married couple. The relevant laws of the State of Ohio in those days gave priority to protecting the innocent human life in the womb, rather than to the convenience or wishes of the pregnant woman; therefore an "unwanted child" was brought into this world -- an event regarded as a tragedy by many advocates of abortion.
The life of that "unwanted child" illustrates the small-mindedness of the pro-abortion case. The barren couple desperately wanted her. Her adopted brother, aunts and uncles, cousins, classmates, teachers and friends all had their lives enriched by her. Since I married her twenty years ago, my life has been immeasurably enriched by her; and our eight healthy, happy children would not even exist had this "unwanted child" been subjected to Pro-Choice logic.
It would take a book to chronicle the ripples of Gail Naselli's life, and when our own children marry and have children, many volumes will not suffice. If the world is richer with Gail -- and it certainly is -- then the world would be poorer without her. The same is true for every "unwanted child."
The anniversary of Gail's adoption provides a reminder of the incalculable potential and the beauty of a human life, which can be seen both in what Gail has given to others, and in the opportunities her life has offered others to rise to acts of goodness, as Gene and Edith did when they brought an "unwanted" baby into their family. The other anniversary provides a reminder of the ugliness of that selfishness which indulges the convenience of the moment, at the expense of the potential of the future. It denies beauty, hope, and the redemptive power of doing what is right even when it is difficult.
I am so thankful that the People of Ohio had enacted laws to secure the inalienable right to life for that unborn baby who grew up to be my wife and the mother of our children, and I'm looking forward to the day when the tyranny of unelected activist judges is undone, so that the good People of all these United States can once again make wise laws, to protect the lives of the helpless from those who would "protect" them from being "unwanted."