Though a nationally recognized pro-life leader sees progress in the movement, she also sees a major challenge ahead.
Over the last decade, as people have become better educated on the fact that life begins at conception, the pro-life movement has expanded considerably.
"More and more people are becoming pro-life and getting involved in this battle to protect innocent unborn children and the elderly and those with disabilities," says Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee. "It's just been amazing. National Right to Life has seen a huge growth in our chapters [of] people wanting to get involved, wanting to find out what they can do."
So with a good decade behind her, Tobias is looking at the most important pro-life issue moving ahead.
"We have an election this year, and we have to elect a pro-life president; we have to keep pro-life leadership in the United States Senate," she asserts. "We need to make those constant changes in the courts that have been going on now for the last three years."
Tobias adds that passing strong pro-life legislation is all well and good, but when there are judges intent on overturning the laws, then the battle to protect innocent life takes a step backwards. The U.S. House also needs a pro-life majority to protect life. With that success, the end result will be protecting the lives of preborn babies, the elderly, and the handicapped.
In 2019, New York and Illinois expanded abortion, and Virginia came close to doing the same, but other states passed more restrictions on the practice, including Alabama's total abortion ban. Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League tells OneNewsNow it was also exciting to see Planned Parenthood lose their Title X family planning funds.
"This was a new policy instituted by the Trump administration. One of the reasons that they sought that policy was the Defund Planned Parenthood rallies that my organization and others organized all around the country over the past several years, and now, Planned Parenthood has been stripped of $60-80 million … and they're hurting from that," Scheidler comments.
While the presidential election may overwhelm the life issue in 2020, Scheidler says it will not be forgotten in the long-run.
"I think as the dust begins to settle on the primary process and as a candidate emerges, the issue is going to become important," the pro-lifer predicts. "Very many Americans are going to be really troubled when they wake up to how radical these candidates are and in general how radical the Democratic Party has become on this issue."
All Democrat candidates for president stand for abortion through the ninth month. President Trump is pro-life.