It seems to me America was once mostly comprised of those against abortion and others who supported it under select circumstances.
In 1993, the pro-choice President of the United States declared, “Our vision should be of an America where abortion is safe and legal but rare.”
At the 1996 Democratic National Convention, he offered the same:
“We respect the individual conscience of every American on the painful issue of abortion but believe as a matter of law that this decision should be left to a woman, her conscience, her doctor and her God.”
Bill Clinton added, “But abortion should not only be safe and legal; it should be rare.”
In 2008, his senator wife made clear, “[Abortion should be] safe, legal and rare. And by rare, I mean rare.”
Those days appear long gone on one side of the political aisle; see more modern views here.
Even Mrs. Clinton’s come around: By 2016, she’d trimmed her position to “safe and legal.”
And as the shift continues, a pro-lifer among the culture’s notables is a rare thing indeed.
Yet, on Friday, former NFL star quarterback Tim Tebow took to the podium.
With a story about his mom.
At the March for Life.
The Daily Wire reports:
Tebow — the youngest of five children — said that back in 1986, God put in his father’s heart and mind the idea of having a fifth child who would become a preacher. Although his mom was initially skeptical…said Tebow, [she] eventually agreed…and the family prayed for another child.
When his mom conceived, doctors believed she’d developed a tumor.
“[T]hey realized…she was pregnant, and she did have a baby in her womb. But all the doctors said, ‘You need to have an abortion,'” Tim relayed.
According to the athlete, her heart held onto faith — even though she would die if she were wrong.
In a grateful son’s own words:
“There were so many setbacks and heartaches. But the whole time, she continued to trust God.”
Against all odds, a healthy little boy arrived — completing their family.
Some things can’t be explained:
“In over 35 years of doing it, [the doctor] looked at her and said, ‘Of all my years, this is the greatest miracle that I have ever seen because I have no idea how he survived: The placenta is not attached, and there’s so many different issues, and I don’t know how he had the nourishment and the food to be able to survive. This is a miracle baby. Here is your baby, Mrs. Tebow.'”
It was the 2nd most important introduction of his life.
“And that day, I got to meet my mom, and I’m so grateful that my mom gave me a chance at life. Because many times, she could have made the choice to do something different. But because of her pro-life story, I now get to share my story.”
As noted by the Wire, the March for Life draws more than 100,000 Americans each year.
It’s been held annually since 1974.
This year, in light of the pandemic, the event went online.
From a statement by organizers in early January:
“We are profoundly grateful for the countless women, men, and families who sacrifice to come out in such great numbers each year as a witness for life — and we look forward to being together in person next year. As for this year’s march, we look forward to being with you virtually.”
I said it was Tim’s 2nd most important introduction.
If you wonder about his 1st, he’s already told that story.
And just as with his account of meeting his mother, I have a feeling that — no matter which way the world may go — he’s going to keep telling it.
It’s the story of a miraculous birth, too:
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