As I write this on a Sunday afternoon, my best friend, my grandson, is sleeping just feet away. My daughter dropped him off this morning so he could play outside with Pop Pop. We ran until we could run no more, we cut a tree down together, and then we shared a lunch of pizza and apples. Five years ago I never would have imagined that my first grandson, yet to be born, would end up being the best friend I have ever had. He is my inspiration to work for the pro-life movement, and every minute I get to spend with him and his little brother reminds me of how miraculous every human life is.
Over 3,000 of his peers will die tomorrow in America’s abortion mills. They are the friends he will never meet and the innocent victims of a society that chooses the path of least resistance over the sanctity of every human life. Since he was born nearly 4 years ago, about 4 million unborn children have been denied their Right to life in America. When we exercise our free will to end a human life before it can even be born, we accept the consequences of our actions. My belief is that we can’t begin to comprehend the consequences of allowing tens of millions of our innocent children to be killed by Planned Parenthood and America’s abortion industry over the last 40 years. I also believe that anyone aware of the thousands of abortions performed every day and not working to end the killing, is offering their endorsement of the practice.
I’m sure that my best friend will become the best friend of countless others over what I hope is a long and happy life. I hope to still be around when his children are welcomed to the world and I hope to instill the values in him that I try to live my life by. Everyone needs a best friend, and every child that dies today in an abortion clinic was destined to be someone’s best friend. Neither of my grandsons are guaranteed to be happy or successful, but they will both have the chance to make the most of the gift of life they were given. That’s all any of us can hope for; an opportunity to do good works during the time we’ve been given.
I’m haunted by visions of the seemingly endless stream of dead babies churned out every day by the abortion industry, and I’m committed to leaving my grandsons a world that no longer allows its unborn children to be killed. I refuse to do nothing as Planned Parenthood and its cronies peddle their industry of death, while they make billions from the pain and suffering of innocent children.
Your best friend should be someone you can always count on, no matter what. My best friend will always be able to count on me to do everything in my power to protect him and every other child. That’s what friends do.
When I tell someone that my 3 year old grandson is my best friend they usually smile and think to themselves that I’m just saying what a grandfather should say. But I mean it. I have no better friend in the world and no one that I would rather spend time with than my oldest grandson. I know that when he gets older it won’t be cool to spend time with Pop Pop anymore, so I treasure the time I have with him now. The fact that my oldest grandson is my best friend doesn’t mean that I love his little brother any less; it just means there is a special bond between me and the first child of my child.
As I’ve written before, there is no greater feeling than knowing that my grandsons know they are safe when they are with me. Every child has the Right to feel safe and every child has the Right to be born and to live their life to the fullest. My fight to insure that every child is allowed to be born is not a fight against abortion; it’s a fight for life. Mother Teresa was once asked to join an anti-war demonstration during the Vietnam War. She declined and politely told the protesters to come back when they were ready to demonstrate for peace. I absolutely believe that in order to instigate change you must focus on what you are for, not what you are against.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred …. unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.” I’ll take it a step further. Literally everything in the world, in the universe, begins with a thought. If galaxies and stars began with a thought, a world where every unborn child is welcomed as a priceless gift can also begin with a thought.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where far too many think only of themselves and focus on the short term. Many see abortion as a quick fix for an unintended pregnancy. They fail to believe or choose to ignore the fact that by having an abortion they are killing a living human being. Negative role models like Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards speak with pride about their own abortions and aggressively lobby for easier access to abortion. She sees the world’s unborn children not as priceless human beings, but as opportunities to make a few hundred bucks for every one she can kill.
My best friend was born with the right to live in a world where every child is guaranteed its Right to life. His friends and future colleagues should have an expectation of being safe and protected from the moment of conception. As adults who were allowed to be born, we have an obligation to insure that the most vulnerable among us are afforded the same accommodation. When my best friend hears the word abortion for the first time I want him to hear that it was a barbaric practice that was ended shortly after his little brother was born.