On Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending the Georgia Right to Life 2014 Reach Banquet. It was a great time of fellowship and commiseration with friends and fellow anti-abortion advocates. The wonderful people from Georgia Right to Life updated us on the incredible (and extremely important) work that they are doing, and we were all encouraged by the many gains we’ve made and the battles we’ve won in recent days.
I cannot express how grateful I am for the work that Georgia Right to Life does. It is always refreshing to meet with fellow soldiers in this battle, and the Reach Banquet was an opportunity for all of us to recharge our batteries and prepare to reenter the fight. See, fighting for our values, whether it’s fighting for life, fighting for liberty, or fighting for our freedom to pursue happiness can be a draining endeavor. Anyone involved in trying to bring real change knows how tiring it can be – so it is very important to take time out to get together with friends and remind each other why we do what we do.
The Reach Banquet turned into one of those moments for me.
On top of good food and great companionship we also got to thank some of our staunchest allies among our Georgia leaders. Several of our state’s elected officials were there to join in the fellowship, including Rep. Darlene Taylor (R-Thomasville) who sponsored one of the most important bills to pass through the Georgia legislature this year – SB 98. SB 98 guarantees that not a single penny of Georgia taxpayer dollars will ever go to funding abortions! With the advent of Obamacare and the realization that socialized medicine MUST LEAD TO publicly funded abortions – our state leaders are making sure that Georgians who oppose abortion won’t be forced to fund it.
We also had some bittersweet moments during the evening as we thanked and bid farewell to one of the most important members of Congress of the last decade. Dr. Paul Broun recently lost his bid to represent us in the US Senate, and as such was unable to hold his House seat. Dr. Broun is a personal hero of mine – he has battled hard in the halls of Washington, D.C. fighting for liberty and for life. It was hard to say goodbye – but we were grateful for the chance to thank him for his superb service. Our thanks was evidenced by the standing ovation that Dr. Broun received.
Then came the keynote address from the tremendous and brave Abby Johnson. Abby Johnson used to be a rising star in Planned Parenthood, named their “Employee of the Year” in 2009. But on September 26, 2009 she watched an abortion take place on an ultrasound machine and realized immediately that she had just helped to murder a person. Her story is powerful and important.
She entreated us to continue our fight –in fact, she begged us to do even more to save the lives of the innocent.
The GRTL Reach Banquet was a time for us to remember why we fight. Real lives are at stake and we’ve already lost so much. Over the last 40 years we’ve over 56 million little lives have been snuffed out by abortion in America and its all been done under the protection of our unjust government. Fellow pro-life advocates, don’t grow weary, don’t burn out. This is the most important battle we engage in and we cannot give up, we cannot relent, we cannot compromise. These innocent voices are begging us for help, and our failure isn’t a “political” loss; it’s a human one. At the end of the day, is there anything that we could do that would be more important than fighting for the lives are most vulnerable?
No, there is not.
Stand up and fight – lives are at stake.
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