OPINION | THE NEW YORK TIMES
By: Andrea Picciotti-Bayer
To the Editor:
Re “The Dobbs Decision Revealed How Weak the Pro-Life Movement Really Is,” by Matthew Walther (Opinion guest essay, Nov. 5):
Mr. Walther ignores the heroic advocacy on behalf of the unborn outside the legal arena. The pro-life movement includes staff and volunteers at pro-life pregnancy resource centers who selflessly accompany women in need during and after pregnancy.
It includes adoption agencies to help find loving homes for children. It includes sidewalk counselors who pray for and speak with women who mistakenly think abortion is their only option.
The pro-life movement has always engaged in “questions of biology and metaphysics” that the author says the “future of the cause will require.”
Second, the author insults the work of the originalist legal movement and its constitutional philosophy. It is the means by which our Constitution is preserved. Originalism’s application in Dobbs will save countless unborn lives.
The writer is director of the Conscience Project and a fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.