A Heart for the Pre-Born
by Casey Tesauro, West Coast Regional Coordinator
Two weeks ago I spoke at a catholic high school in Arizona. This was a special meeting because it took over a year to arrange. I was so excited when the time finally came to meet with these amazing students. I was welcomed with such love and care. The students truly went above and beyond to welcome me to their school family. I was given an hour with the group where I shared a bit about myself and how Students for Life of America wants to see them grow and develop as pro-life leaders. I encouraged these students; letting them know “they are the pro-life generation,” and spent a good amount of time answering questions and dialoging with the group. After my time was up, I said my goodbyes to many of the students and began packing up. The next few moments were some of the most personally impacting since starting my work with Students for Life of America.
A young lady from the group approached me and asked how she could learn to share about the pro-life movement and the injustice of abortion without crying. “You see, every time I begin talking with someone about abortion, I can’t help but start crying.” She went on to tell me that she wants to share, she wants to stand for life, and she needs abortion to end. This young lady opened up to me, and shared that she has firsthand felt the devastating pain that is caused by an abortion. She shared that not long ago her parents decided to abort the child her mother was carrying. This student looked at me with tears in her eyes “I always wanted a brother, and that child my parents aborted was a boy.” Her parents have since walked through healing and now lead others through post-abortive healing.
What made this moment so intense and so impacting was that this young girl was so gripped by the injustice of abortion that she couldn’t help but be broken. Her heart broke for the mothers without their children, the fathers who were fatherless, and the siblings who would never know the joy of having a brother. I encouraged her, let her know that what her heart feels is an asset to the pro-life movement and her story is valuable.
I couldn’t leave the conversation without hope. I was in awe of someone so raw, so tender, and so moved by the evil of abortion that she must cry. I left that day realizing that we, the pro-life movement, can’t forget why we are fighting to end abortion. We must not forget that children are being killed every day: our brothers, wives, friends, and history makers that will live. The hope in the situation was that this young lady was made to abolition abortion. This student could see a world without abortion, and when she shared her heart with me, I could see it too.
We will abolish abortion, but let’s not forget why we are in this fight. Let your heart break for the children never given a chance, let your heart feel the pain of the motherless children, and let that pain draw you to courageously love and march forward!