Babies and Mommies: Why We March

By John-Henry Westen | January 19, 2016 | 11:00am EST
Unborn baby (AP Photo)

On January 22, America's biggest annual rally will take place on the National Mall. At least 100,000 people of all races, ages, backgrounds, and beliefs will brave the cold to save preborn children and their mothers from the atrocity of abortion.

Their reason for doing this is simple: Women and babies deserve better than the predatory abortion industry, which has caused the deaths of nearly 60 million American children in the 42 years since Roe v. Wade.

When the Supreme Court made its ruling in 1973, the humanity of an unborn child was unknown to many Americans. Catholics and others fought the good fight, but often those principled positions were ignored in exchange for the rhetoric of "my body, my choice."

Now, science proves what was once derided as merely religious rhetoric. A zygote formed at the combination of sperm and ovum – the first stage of a human embryo – has the four characteristics that separate living things from inanimate ones – per the American Heritage Dictionary of Science, "growth, reproduction, metabolism, and response to stimuli.”

Indeed, at the combination of sperm and ovum there is life, even if the embryonic child has yet to look like a "normal" human being. It is similar to a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly or a tadpole that turns into a frog. They metabolize – hence the need for a mother to eat more food during pregnancy – and they have the potential to reproduce the next generation.

And any mother knows they respond to music, stress, and other stimuli in their surroundings!

According to the Mayo Clinic, the "brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs begin to form" in unborn children just five weeks into pregnancy.

Each unborn child is unique. On the other hand, what happens to children during an abortion is disturbingly similar -- the natural home for unborn babies, the uterus, is made inhospitable by many chemical abortions. In middle-and-late-term abortions, babies are stabbed and dismembered, as described to Congress by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino.

And the concern for mothers by the abortion industry is often not much better than that given to the child. Former Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who wrote in her book that she suffered "deep, dark despair" after her 1997 abortion, is not alone in this form of suffering.

Studies in 2006 and 2008 found abortions were linked to various signs of mental illness, such as increased levels of counseling, depression, and increased marijuana use.

A Chinese study that looked at almost 7,000 women found that having an abortion within the prior twelve months was linked to a 97 percent greater chance of depression in the following pregnancy, and a 2013 Italian meta-study found depression, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder were far more common for women who had an abortion compared with women who bore their children or miscarried.

It's not just psychological disorders that plague women who have abortions. Breast cancer links have been found in studies India, the U.S., and elsewhere, and a 2015 meta-study of nearly two million women who had D&C procedures – often via abortions – found greater odds of a premature birth. And a study in Israel pointed to labor complications and other difficulties after women had abortions.

Despite what is now proven about the humanity of preborn children by the best of modern science and acknowledged in ancient times as we see in the Bible (Jeremiah 1:5), U.S. politicians not only allow abortion, but actively force taxpayers to pay for it. In 2014 alone, taxpayers sent $554 million to Planned Parenthood, which committed nearly 324,000 reported abortions, not counting those done via the intrauterine device and other abortifacients.

It is disturbingly ironic that one in sixteen girls who should have been born in 2014 were killed by an industry that says it promotes "women's health."

Abortion is America's – and the world's – greatest form of discrimination. And like those who have made America great by opposing racial, sexual and religious discrimination, this weekend hundreds of thousands of people will come to Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco to show that pro-life is truly pro-science, pro-liberty, and pro-women.

John-Henry Westen is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of

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