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Heart by Heart, State by State
For the pro-life movement, the hour at hand demands humility.
The right tried to spike the football after Dobbs the same way the left tried to spike the football after Obergefell. And Americans responded accordingly in each scenario.
For the pro-life movement, the hour at hand demands humility. Our struggle is, thanks be to God, no longer a legal struggle, but we were arrogant and foolish to think the country, with emotions and confusion on the issue so raw, was ready for a legislative struggle.
We must set aside our righteous indignation that demands the right laws right now, and make our case to the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans. As Thomas Sowell once wrote, “The prudent reformer, according to [Adam] Smith, will respect 'the confirmed habits and prejudices of the people,' and when he cannot establish what is right, 'he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong.' His goal is not to create the ideal but to 'establish the best that the people can bear."
Of course, the ideal is to protect every unborn child in America, and we naturally recoil at having to consider any tradeoffs on such a serious issue. But are the unborn more or less protected in Ohio today, in Kentucky or Oklahoma? They are less. Our desire to protect all human life accomplishes little in the face of political reality. Protections will come as we stick to a state-level strategy and seek the wins that are possible now while making a case for the pro-life position to our fellow Americans.
Our motto moving forward should be heart by heart, mind by mind, state by state.
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