Letter From the Editors

Bioethics in Law & Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spring   2021   vol. 4   issue  2

Joe Kral, M.A.

President

Editor-in-Chief

joekral4life@gmail.com

Ana Brennan, J.D.

Vice-President

Senior Editor

anabrennan4life@gmail.com

Since January, the pro-life movement has been presented with a whole new political landscape. In just the first 100 days, the new Administration has proven itself to be on track to being one of the most pro-abortion in history. When one thinks of all the problems facing the United States right now, the Biden Administration has made funding, promoting, and expanding abortion a top priority.  Sometimes it is difficult to imagine how the pro-life movement will make it through the next four years.

On the federal level, the past four months have been devastating for the unborn. But if we only look at the federal level, we miss an important piece of the puzzle. Over the past 50 years, the pro-life movement has been faced with varying degrees of hostility by the powers that be. Yet, we are still here. We will be here as long as the culture of death threatens the sanctity of life.

The pro-life movement is remarkably resilient. Even if we do not have the White House, pro-lifers have continued to succeed on the state level. Hundreds of pro-life bills have been introduced this year. Of course, not all passed, but many did. The level of pro-life legislative activity on the state level is astounding. To understand the magnitude of this activity, I highly recommend reading the State Briefs in this issue of the Journal. It is evident from the states that it is possible to pursue pro-life policies and that there is strong support for these policies.

The purpose of pro-life policies, of course, is to save lives. In this issue, Michael New analyzes the positive impact pro-life laws have had on the teen pregnancy and abortion rate. The policies we pursue are not just abstract concepts about the value of human life. What we do has tangible, real-world implications on the lives of the defenseless. 

 

As we move forward, it is important to remember that no matter the political landscape, we will not be deterred in our goal of restoring legal protection to the unborn and protecting the right-to-life of all vulnerable people that society has deemed unworthy. 

Joe Kral, M.A.

Editor-in-Chief

President, Society of St. Sebastian

Ana Brennan, J.D.

Senior Editor

Vice President, Society of St. Sebastian