Lila Rose: Thank you so much, Robert. It’s really an honor to be with all of you here and just to know and to hear about- I just stopped briefly by Marie Stopes. I got to see it, Robert dropped me by, just to stand there for a few moments, but to know that you’ve been holding vigil there and other places non-stop. It inspires me coming from the United States. We have 40 Days for Life there, but it’s rare that you find a non-stop vigil. As they were saying in Ireland, that’s where I last came from, good on you. Right? Is that how you say it?
I am so pleased to be here to talk with you a little bit, share my story a little bit, why I’m involved in this cause. You may relate to some of the reasons. We are all here because of our understanding of the preciousness of the child in the womb and of the dignity of the human person. To share my story a little bit and to talk to you a little bit about our work we are doing in the United States, some of the successes that we are having thanks be to God, and our struggle to move forward. I think a lot of the things we are doing in the U.S can be done, is being done all over the world, and the U.K of course is a close sister to the United States, is another place to continue, of course, the pro-life movement.
I’m 25 and I first started work when I was 15. I started Live Action. I became so passionate and involved in the cause because I, first of all come from a Christian family, so I’m one of eight kids. I was very grateful to be raised in a big family because I’m the third oldest and having a child in the house, my parents of course had five of them underneath me. It was always seen naturally, kind of inherently, that life was a gift. I really didn’t know what abortion was. I had my first encounter with abortion when I was about nine years old. Some of you may relate to the story I’m about to share with you.
This was something I’d heard about, but I never really understood what abortion was. I had heard about it growing up at the dinner table mentioned. I knew it was something negative but I didn’t really understand what it was. It was one rare rainy day. I’m from California. This is weather we have every day, not to brag, but the beautiful day you have. It’s always 70 or 80 degrees in California. I moved two years ago to Washington D.C to open Live Actions office and headquarters there and I’ve been miserable ever since because we’ve just had the most bitter winter.
It was a rare day, a rare rainy day and I was looking for a book to read. My dad was a bit of a nerd, he had books all over the house. He’d order them online like a woman orders shoes. My mom would always be boxing them up and putting them in the attic and he would order more and more. One day I found this book on the bottom shelf called “A Handbook on Abortion.” I pulled it out thinking, oh this is interesting. There was a very serious looking woman on the cover and I remember thinking, wow this must be a very old book. It looks like it’s from the 1980s or something. This is maybe some history or something. I pull it open and it falls to the center where there are these images. In shock and horror I closed the book and I push it away. I don’t want to keep looking at what I’m looking at. Then gathering up a little bit of nine year old courage, I bring the book back and I open it up, and I look again.
What I’m looking at is the image of a child, maybe 10 weeks old, with newly forming arms and legs, and a newly forming little face, first trimester, that had been a victim of abortion. As I looked at this image, my heart was cut. I was nine. I was stunned. I thought, is this real? Is this really happening? I went and found my mom in the kitchen and I showed it to her and I said, is this real? Is this really happening? And she said, yes and that’s abortion.
After seeing that image, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to understand why is it happening, how often is it happening. I discovered after beginning to read this book, talking to my mom, and going online, there are over 3000 of these happening every day in our country, in the United States. Coming to learn about these things, I was heartbroken. I was filled with a grief about it. I thought is there something I can do? Is there a way that I can get involved? What can I do?
As I got older I also began to learn, as we inevitably do, about all the other problems in the world. Clearly we have crisis in the Middle East. We have foreign wars. In the United States, we have homelessness issues in certain areas. There is AIDS in Africa. We have all these problems that we face. You turn on the television and immediately they are talking about problems. There is someone that was murdered, there is a Pistorius murder trial going on in South Africa. There is another earthquake, there’s another crisis. There is always a problem and the political parties are always bickering about problems.
I kept coming back to this image of the child. I thought about the problems of the world. I came across the writings of the blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Many of you may be familiar with her. She is this humble little nun of course that won the worlds hearts doing her work with the lepers and the lonely and the dying in Calcutta, India. Whenever she had the opportunity she had very strong words to say about abortion. One of the things she said before a public gathering, and she would speak before presidents, she would speak before Prime Ministers, she said that the greatest destroyer of peace in the world is the cry of the innocent unborn child. She goes on to say in a nation where a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for you and for I to kill one another. This is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. She is saying the greatest destroyer of peace in the world is the cry of the innocent, unborn child.
So as a young teenager, I thought if this is the greatest destroyer of peace I have to do something about it. I wanted my life to be meaningful. I think we all do. Everybody is searching for meaning in their lives. That is why our faith is everything, my faith is everything because it transforms the way you see the world and recognize God in your neighbor, recognize God in the human person. All of a sudden how you live has to change. As I was young and discovering what did I want to do with my life, I began to pray this prayer. I would say God use me. Use me to do something about abortion or save some lives in some way. It’s very dangerous as Robert and many of the others may know, to go to God and say, hey use me. Anybody can relate to this. Try it sometime; it will rock your world. God wants to use us. God longs for us to be a part of his salvific plan for humanity, for the entire world. God hungers for us to be part of his work, to save his children, to work to save souls, because he loves us and he loves his children.
As I began to pray and started Live Action as a teenager, I started it to do education and then I went to UCLA. Is anyone familiar with the University of California Los Angeles? Well I wanted to go to the most pro-life school I could find in America. That’s a joke, you have to laugh at these. It’s not pro-life, UCLA. There are 40,000 people. It’s in the heart of Los Angeles and they are very, shall I say, left leaning, pro-abortion and I quickly learned when I got there that I wasn’t the only voice trying to speak out about abortion. But there was Planned Parenthood, which is the equivalent of Marie Stopes in the U.S. They have their International Planned Parenthood Federation. They are partnered with Marie Stopes internationally to push abortion on other countries like African nations, Latin America and they were working to get their agenda to the students at my school. There were 40,000 students at this school.
The agenda of groups like this, as many of you may be familiar with, is to promote abortion as somehow empowerment for women. Right? They say abortion is a woman’s right. They talk about words of justice and reproductive freedom and choice, all of these great sounding words. We believe in freedom. We believe in choice. We believe in justice. These are ideals that we hold, but freedom, and justice, and choice does not mean we should kill or that we have the right to kill another person. It doesn’t mean that the woman’s best position is to make these choices to kill another person, or to bring that child to be killed. It only leads to heartache and to more injustice as it opens a door to more abuses.
I began to study some of this information and began to read about the stories of women who had abortions or who felt pressured into having abortions and I began to detect a lot of abuses that a company, that ultimate abuse of abortion. I came across some studies, for example, in 2002 there was study done of over 800 Planned Parenthood clinics in the U.S. They found that over 90% of them had a don’t ask, don’t tell policy about sexual abuse, the abuse of a child and the abuse of a young girl going in for an abortion, or going in for some sort of services into an abortion clinic. I thought these are minor girls as young as 13, even 12 and they required the Planned Parenthood, the abortion clinic is required to report this, but they are not reporting it like they are supposed to. Instead they accept the cash money from the abuser and send the girl back out to continue the sexual abuse.
I began to study this. I began to study how they had twisted the language of empowerment, this far left-leaning pro-abortion agenda and they had applied it to somehow abortion, to say that that was good for women. I thought, a woman doesn’t walk into an abortion clinic, as many of you know, feeling powerful. When they are going into Marie Stopes, they are not walking in there because they are saying I’m so happy I’m having an abortion today. Right? They are walking in there feeling powerless. They feel like maybe their boyfriend is pressuring them, their boss won’t promote them. In the United States we have a terrible situation in our universities, the professors, if the student gets pregnant, so they encourage promiscuity at the schools. They have bowls of contraception on every floor of the house centers. They encourage experimentation, but then when pregnancy occurs it’s like oh my gosh, get out of here, you are not allowed to even be a student anymore. You are going to disrupt the class and so they don’t, in any way, empower women. How is that empowerment? Instead, the woman is treated as a problem and the child, of course, is treated as a problem that should be discarded.
As I reviewed this system, I thought we have to expose this. First of all, this country United States, I thought this is a country of human rights. Our Declaration of Independence is founded on the concept that we are endowed by our creator with inalienable rights. The first of which is Life. I thought how dare this organization, this agenda, take my country and turn it upside down and strip the most vulnerable in my nation from the most fundamental right. How dare we allow this to happen, especially in a nation that recognizes there’s a God. I think that in all the core creeds and constitutions that recognize human rights, we recognize that human rights are not created by governments. Governments can move human rights around. They can be tyrannical. They can strip a person of their rights.
There is a higher law than man-made law. Man-made laws are meant to actually look at that higher law. The secularist would say there is no God. He’s not to be had in the public discussion. You need to have a God. You need to have a higher law, a higher power that looks out on human kind and says you are valuable. There is a dignity in you that is higher and better than what the government may say or may not say. When you put the power completely up to man and man becomes their god and they do all the law creation, then you see tyranny. Then you see human rights abuses. We have to say what’s this higher law? The higher law is that we have human rights that are viable, that should not be violated. The first right is the right to life.
In thinking of all these things I thought let’s try to find a way to expose this because I didn’t want to sit around my university, going to my classes, just allowing this to continue. I wanted to do something. At the time Live Action was not a national organization. We were focused in California doing youth education programs up and down the state. I wanted to do these exposes. I began to do this journalism to expose these abuses.
My first undercover investigation, I’ll share with you quickly. I’m going to show you one of our videos in a moment. I pose as an underage girl. We’ve done dozens of investigations. Since then, I have retired from investigative work because they have my photo up on the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic walls. So a few years ago, I bleached my hair Platinum Blonde, not a pretty sight, to continue to go undercover and then they put up the blonde photo next to the brunette photo. I thought ok, I can go red next or maybe it’s time to hire some people or train some other folks. We use an array of different field workers, investigative journalists and we work with them, men and women, different ages to expose not just the abortion clinic, but the abortion lobby in the United States.
From what I understand here in the U.K, the abortions are paid for by the government so they are interlinked. There are even more opportunities for corruption, for abuse, for back-deals to take place especially if there is a powerful lobby in the abortion industry. In the United States they are very powerful politically. They’re promoting and exporting abortion overseas and they are doing Planned Parenthood alone, almost one third of all abortions in the country. The last reported year was 327,000 abortions.
My first investigation, I was going to pose as an abuse victim. It was a sunny day in Los Angeles. I went to a Planned Parenthood clinic that was above a coffee shop in Santa Monica. Has anyone been to Los Angeles, Santa Monica area? We’ve got one. It’s a lovely little tourist area, yes? It’s like shop, restaurants- ok we have another one. You go there and the ocean is right there and above the coffee shop is the abortion clinic open for business, perfect traffic area for teenage girls or college students. I’m walking in and I have a voice recorder in my blouse. I have a camcorder in my purse. I have flip-flops on. I’m trying to look like I’m 15, at the time I was 18, so it wasn’t very difficult.
I get up the elevator and step off and I’m very nervous because I had prayed outside abortion clinics. As many of you do, I’d prayed since I was a teenager doing prayer vigils outside, but I’d never been inside one. My heart is beating rapidly. You can hear on the tape my heart beating. It’s like the sound track or the back-beat to the whole thing. I get off the elevator and I’m looking into this room. There are all these women sitting there. I remember stopping and just looking. I remember looking and seeing one of the women looks very sad like she is going to cry, none of them look happy. There is a tv blaring. I remember thinking when I looked at these women, for some of them, I wasn’t just looking at one life, but I was looking at two lives. In the clinic on that day, the cycle of death or the appointment of death would be begotten. One of those lives wouldn’t make it out alive.
On the wall of the clinic it said Esperanza, which of course means hope in Spanish. I thought this must be the most hopeless place in Los Angeles, again the false marketing. They put words like Justice, Freedom, Choice, Hope, Esperanza on the wall of an abortion clinic. Completely twisting, taking our words, stealing our territory, twisting the rhetoric, false words to lie, to deceive people and then ultimately to lead to the killing of the most vulnerable.
I walk into the clinic. I walk up to the check-in counter and say, “Hi. Can I talk to somebody?” The woman says, “What’s going on?” I said, “I’m 15. I’m pregnant.” She kind of got the cue. You don’t want the people in the waiting room to hear because I’m under age. She is supposed to report this. She takes me behind the check-in counter. She said, “Ok, what’s really going on?” I said, “Well, you know, he’s 22. I’m pregnant. He is a lot older. What should I do?” Immediately she said, she kind of laughed, she said, “Just figure out a birthdate that works.” She told me to lie on the paperwork so that I was older than I really was so that I could get a secret abortion, nobody would know. She wouldn’t report it and he could pay for it. That was my first encounter with a Planned Parenthood government funded, abortion clinic.
After that first encounter that same day, I drove with a friend to another abortion clinic. It was a big surgical facility in downtown L.A. At this clinic I had the conversation with the manager. She sat me down, took me on a special case in her office. What I’m about to share with you, the line of counseling that she used, and I know there is great work being done with young mothers who are single or taking them in, and providing them care to help them have their children and that’s counseling, good counsel to bring those women affirmation, encouragement, support. But the opposite of that is taking place of course in the abortion industry, in Marie Stopes, in Planned Parenthood. This is what the Planned Parenthood boss told me.
I was sitting in the room. I’m saying I’m 15. She says, “That’s ok, no problem, whatever.” I said, “Well what should I do? I’m pregnant.” She said, “You know what honey, when I was 17, I got pregnant.” I said, “Really? Well what did you do?” She said, “Well, you know, it was really difficult. I was still in school. You know what, I had my baby.” I remember thinking oh my gosh, she’s undercover too. [Laughter] She’s pro-life at the clinic. She’s telling people have the baby, have the baby and here I am undercover. Who’s going to tell the other person first. I’m trying not to get too excited.
“Oh yeah? You had your baby?? She said, “Yes, but if I could do it again I would do it very differently. If I could do it again, I would not continue that pregnancy. My son is 16 now, but kids cost a lot. The economy is not doing too well. He is still living at home.” If she could do it again, she’s telling me, she’d go back in time and abort her now 16 year old son.
I will never know if she actually had a son or if that was sales pitch she used to tell me that abortion was so great she wished she could go back in time and have one. I do know that after investigating dozens of other clinics across the country and in the wake of those first investigations, we documented other manipulative, directive counseling similar to that one. Sales pitches to convince vulnerable women, underage girls to have secret abortions. Cover up of sexual abuse we documented that in over a dozen clinics. We even sent in actors, posing as sex traffickers of girls as young as 14 and 15 years old, to sit down with Planned Parenthood workers and say, “Hey we’ve got these girls. They are doing sex work. They are 14, 15. Can we make a deal with you Planned Parenthood as a clinic for STD tests, birth control, and abortion?”
In all the clinics they agreed to a sick code of confidentiality. They said they wouldn’t report it. They wouldn’t tell anyone and they, even in some of the them, agreed to discounts for the sex slaves and write down their students on the forms in order to get their services paid for so that the pimp could save money and make more money off of them, the most sick things.
Another investigation documented the racism happening at Planned Parenthood. We had an actor posing, basically as a member of the KKK, calling up and saying there are too many blacks in America. I want to give money to the donation for the abortions of black children, horrific racism coming out of this man.
Planned Parenthood was founded, as some of you may know, by Margaret Sanger. She was a self-proclaimed eugenicist, racist, who wanted to control and limit certain populations, minority groups. She didn’t think that those of certain social-economic classes, people with disabilities, people of a certain race, were clean enough for the Reich creed. She wanted to limit them with birth control, sterilization, and then later on abortion when it became legal, which she heavily lobbied for. She was pen pals with some of the same eugenicist that were working for the final solution in Nazi Germany. This is the legacy of Planned Parenthood. They are still giving out Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger awards every year in the U.S. They gave one to Hilary Clinton who accepted. They just gave one to Nancy Pelosi who just accepted as well, who as you know is a leading politician in the states.
This is another aspect and when our actor called with the crazy request, the Planned Parenthood said, “Absolutely. What’s your credit card number? We will set up a special fund. We understand.” Laughing, saying, “We are excited about this.” The abortion rate in the United States for the black community is three to five times higher than for whites. A black baby is almost as likely to be aborted in the U.S as he or she is to be born. In New York City, more children who are black are aborted than are born. That is how severe it is because abortion clinics are often populated in minority neighborhoods and near universities where there are young vulnerable women. This is the business plan, the agenda of the abortion industry in the U.S.
We began to expose all of these things and I want to share with you –I’m going to share with you this video in a moment but some quick results. When we put up the first investigations they went viral. I was in my college dorm room, I was 18 at the time, again after these first exposes. YouTube at the time was brand new, seven or eight years ago. I was clicking refresh, refresh on my computer to see how many views the video was getting because I wanted people to see it. I thought if people just saw the sexual abuse cover-up at Planned Parenthood, they would see that Planned Parenthood is not pro-women. That abortion is not pro-women and the first day there was 100 views on the video, 50 from me clicking refresh [Laughter] and 50 from my mom up in Northern California clicking refresh. Day two there were 1000 and day five there was like 25,000. I was wowed. We had arrived. This is awesome. Look at this. We are going to make all these people change their mind, thanking God, and then I got an email from Planned Parenthood.
It says, “Dear Miss Rose, you have violated the privacy of Planned Parenthood employees. We are going to sue you for $5,000 for each offense and pursue criminal penalties against you. Sincerely, Planned Parenthood.” I remember thinking in my dorm, I don’t even have $200 in my bank account. [Laughter] I have a student loan, government loan so come and get me. I was thinking I don’t even have a lawyer. What does it mean to even be sued? Do I have to go to court? Am I going to go to jail? What do I do?
I got on my knees and I just said God your will be done, whatever you want, I trust in you. Within 24 hours, I had pro bono legal support and those videos were aired on the O’Reilly Factor, which is primetime tv. I got my first interview for millions of people to see. The truth that Planned Parenthood was trying to silence by threatening a college student actually backfired on them. They dropped the threat of the lawsuit in the wake of the media firestorm and since then it has propelled our stories into national spotlight.
So now we get coverage, not just from Fox, but CNN, ABC, from Reuters, you name it, New York Times, Washington Posts who are covering these stories year after year and getting the truth out there. It’s amazing to see that when you trust in God, even when times may seem difficult or there’s an obstacle, God can use it for good. Romans 8:28, God works all things for the good of those who love him. It’s true in pro-life work. It’s so true. If there’s an obstacle, even if we cannot see the immediate fruit, when we persevere God is working that for our good and he works it for the good of our apostolate, the good of our mission. It’s amazing the power of God when we put our trust in him. All he asks is our trust and he can do anything with that trust. He can do amazing things. He can work miracles.
The video I’m going to share with you is our latest campaign from our inhumane investigation, but in the last three years in the U.S., we have seen historic legislation. We have seen 71 million dollars defunded from Planned Parenthood at the state and local level. That was never done before. In the wake of our sex trafficking expose, we saw the House of Representatives defunded Planned Parenthood all the money that they had. It didn’t pass the Senate or the president didn’t sign it, it’s President Obama, he didn’t want to sign that. It still made massive shockwaves and in the wake of the video I’m about to show you, the 20 week ban was passed in the House of Representatives and then passed in some states.
We are seeing unprecedented federal legislation in the wake of these media campaigns because it is inspiring politicians to stand up and to say we have to do something about the abortion industry. These are crimes that are being committed and laws that are being broken. It is also amazing seeing the new media Facebook, YouTube, you can become a journalist immediately with a blog. When you do that and you get the word out and you reach one more person, that person can turn around and be changed and reach another. Never underestimate the power of your witness, whether you are standing on the sidewalk to pray, whether you are writing something, you are tweeting something, you are speaking something, because it does touch people. They might remember what you said five years in the past, that’s up to God, but it’s amazing when you are willing to speak out and stand up, how God will use that in ways you would never have thought.
This video is from our latest campaign and it shows the late term abortion industry in the United States. You allow abortions here up to 24 weeks from what I understand. In the U.S., it’s through all nine months, depending on the state. It’s horrific what we- all abortion is the same. It’s wrong. It’s an injustice. It’s a violence against a child. It hurts a woman. But in the late term abortion industry you even see infanticide, where children who survived abortion attempts are sometimes left to die in abortion clinics. It has come to that point. This video shows a little peak into that.
Lila Rose: Are any of you familiar with the Kermit Gosnell trial? He’s now the first abortionist in the United States to be convicted for murder, but not for the children he killed in utero, the children he had killed just after they survived the abortion attempt in a little clinic in west Philadelphia. The media was saying Gosnell’s an outlier. He’s one of a kind and Planned Parenthood and all these groups are saying we’re not with him. He’s gross. We are not with Kermit Gosnell. Meanwhile during the time that this is going on, our investigators were first time moms in their third trimester, pregnant, going undercover in the abortion industry, three of them, right before the Kermit Gosnell trial, to prove Kermit Gosnell was not alone and there were other abortionist like him doing the same thing.
In the wake of this investigation, the House of Representatives passed the first 20 week ban in U.S. history. Texas passed and succeeded into making it into law, a ban for 20 weeks and that shut down several abortion clinics in the state of Texas and their sort of repercussions happening all over the country. It’s been exciting to see that there are real legislative efforts that can be made.
A few thoughts to share with you just to kind of close out here on the way that we have been trying to force the movement forward. Martin Luther King Jr. many of you know, the inspirer for millions across the world. He was put in jail for his beliefs, for his civil disobedience. He was, in the famous letter from a Birmingham jail and of course he ended up being killed for his beliefs. He was shot because of his fight for civil rights. When he was in a jail in Birmingham, because he had done the sit-ins and the protests, people were writing him letters. The clergy was actually saying to him, both from the Catholic and the Evangelical world, were saying to Martin Luther King Jr. why are you doing this stuff? You are inciting violence they said. You are causing controversy. You are stirring things up. Why can’t you be more peaceable? Of course he was being nonviolent, but he was raising this tension that existed in the country. He was bringing it to the surface. He was exposing it with his courageous activism.
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote them back from the Birmingham jail, this famous letter. In the letter he says, “The world is in dire need of creative extremists,” because he was being called an extremist. He said, “The world is in dire need of creative extremists.” I think we are afraid sometimes to stand up there for our convictions or to stand up there against the culture, against the society, what is the norm or seems to be the norm. I’ve discovered a few things I want to leave with you that have encouraged and inspired me.
First of all, a lot more people actually relate to or agree with us than we may realize. In the United States, and I know here in the U.K, but in the United States, the polling sometimes has been more people are for abortion than against abortion, but now over the years with all the work that’s being done, the polling is shifting. More people are identifying as pro-life than even pro-choice. People in the U.S. still think that more people are actually pro-choice than pro-life. We still have this mentality that the tide is against us. I would say even here. I was looking at some of your poll numbers before and it looks like you have lower numbers of people who want abortion to be legal or want abortion to be limited, but I think that when we reach out to people with compelling stories about the dangers of the abortion industry, about abortion as hurtful to women and telling the story of the victim, that child, in bringing that into the public discussion resonates with people.
Deep in everyone’s heart is the law of human rights, is the understanding that people are precious, and is a resistance to the idea of abortions somewhere. Even if they have been told by a society again and again, it’s fine. It’s a women’s right. I have even gone on a limb and I’ve said that even if I was sitting in a room with Cecil Richards, who’s the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood in the United States, if I was sitting in a room with her and I said if you could live in a world without abortion would you choose that world? If it was possible? If it was possible for women not to have to go through all of that, wouldn’t you want that world? I would say the vast majority of people in the United States and I would say pretty much most people would say yeah, if it was possible, but it’s not. It’s not.
Well let’s address why it’s not so you think, but if it was possible I wouldn’t want it. The next question is why? What is wrong with it? What is it that makes you uncomfortable about it? Because something inside us tells us this is something against – destruction of a human life. We have to draw that out of people with our prayers, with our courageous activism, speaking the truth with our mercy and compassion, draw that out of people and people will change.
At UCLA, my left-leading liberal school, it was amazing. I saw people become pro-life in front of my eyes when I just talked to them from the human rights perspective. I talked to them about the devastation that abortion can have on a woman. Sometimes it took years and it still is taking time with friends, but some people said, “I never thought about it that way. I never heard about it that way.”
I know the daily telegraph has been doing investigations of sex-elective abortion and we actually did one like that in the United States exposing the same thing, sex-elective abortion, being done at Planned Parenthood. People were upset. I was reading the comments in the article and I bet many of them are pro-choice and they are saying oh it’s disgusting. Sex-elective abortion is wrong, whatever. It shouldn’t be had here so there is a pro-life sentiment even in people that claim that they are supporting abortion.
Remember that and don’t be afraid. We should never be afraid or fearful about what we believe. It’s something that resonates the most truly, the most truthfully, with each heart. That’s what we are made for. We are made for accepting and embracing our dignity and the dignity of others. If we can help people restore themselves to that, be restored to that, we’re doing an act of mercy for them and we are leading them into a path that will give them, in the end, greater freedom.
Teach them greater love. St. Augustine says that people travel the world to marvel at the height of mountains, at the circular course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean. They look at the stars, but people pass by themselves without wondering. St. Augustine, of course, is saying how wonderful is the human person made in the image and likeness of God, how beautiful. That in the end is what we are fighting for. Right? Even if all the work that we do, standing for hours outside the abortion clinic- I’ve dedicated my life to this cause- so I say God whatever you want me to do I’ll do it. I’m here for you. I’m available. Even if all of our work, all of our labor goes to help save only one life, isn’t it worth it? Isn’t it worth it?
I hear you’ve saved over two dozen here or almost two dozen. We are in holy week now, Passion Sunday. What does our Lord say? Our Lord says whatever you do to the least of these you do it unto me. He says whatever you do not do to the least of these you do not do it unto me. He tells us what it means to love him. He tells us that he’s taking a radical solidarity with the littlest one, with the poorest one, with the weakest one. The poorest one, the weakest one here I would say in England, here in the United States is the child with no way to protect him or herself, with no human rights protections, no way to even cry out. Often their mothers are in positions where they feel alone. They feel desperate. What we do to them, we are doing it to God. That’s how radical it is.
It’s also an amazing way to live our faith, an amazing way to grow in love for our Lord because he is saying I am here. I am here in the child that is unborn. I am here in the woman who needs help. I am here in the person suffering. I am here and if you want to love me and learn to love me, love me in this person.
What a gift to us, that God is not some abstract God that’s hard to find. He’s here in the Eucharist here in this church and he is here in the person next to us, in ourselves. He’s here in the child. He’s here in the weakest one. What a gift we have to be a part of this movement, to love God in the weakest one and to work to help save even one life. It is all worth it.
Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure. Thank you.