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Lawrence Grayson, visiting scholar, philosophy, published commentary in Our Sunday Visitor and National Catholic Register on advancing the culture of life. . See below.

A window to advance the culture of life

From: OSV
Date: Jan. 23. 2017
Author: Lawrence Grayson

The unpredicted results of the 2016 election have created the most significant opportunity for restoring the protection of life at all stages since abortion was legalized in 1973. The vice president and newly nominated cabinet members heading key departments are steadfastly pro-life, and both Houses of Congress have pro-life voting records. President Trump signaled his pro-life commitment on Jan. 23 when he reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which bans the use of federal funds from promoting or performing abortions in other countries. It also was reported that he would soon issue an executive order to defund Planned Parenthood. The president also was expected to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of gestation; make the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer-Medicaid dollars from funding abortions but requires annual approval, permanent law; and appoint Constitutional-originalists with pro-life beliefs to the Supreme Court.

This political alignment is unlikely to occur again in our lifetimes. If significant changes are not made — and done quickly — to eliminate oppressive executive orders and regulations, and to enshrine in law the protection human life from conception until natural death, the pro-life movement will have no one to blame but itself.

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Winning for Life Requires Action

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Jan. 24, 2017
Author: Lawrence Grayson


On Nov. 8, 2016, pro-life voters helped defeat an anti-life, anti-religious-freedom candidate for president. Triumphant President Donald Trump has named a cabinet that may be the most favorable toward life, traditional marriage and religious liberty in the history of this nation, and he has promised to nominate Supreme Court justices who are pro-life and believe in constitutional originalism rather than judicial activism.


On Sept. 18, 1862, after the previous day’s fierce fighting, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee withdrew his battered army from Antietam and retreated to Virginia. The superior Union forces under the command of Gen. George B. McClellan had an opportunity to re-engage and destroy the Confederate army and possibly end the war. McClellan, however, did not pursue, and Lee was able to reconstitute his forces and fight for another two and a half years.


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