Following this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) hosted an open house at its Washington Bureau. The event had over 100 attendees and featured a talk by pro-life activist Sister Deirdre Byrne.
“Preparation for Battle”
The title of Sister Byrne’s presentation was “Preparation for Battle.” As a retired colonel who served 29 years in the United States Army medical corps as a surgeon, she was qualified to speak about the topic. She is best known for her pro-life speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Of course, the “battle” she was referring to is today’s fight for moral values, especially the right to life. This call to crusade is vital since a dangerous optimism can easily penetrate pro-life circles following the fall of Roe.
During her talk, Sr. Byrne unraveled this error, emphasizing the need to fight all the harder.
“The fight to save all lives is not over, but rather we have a new chapter,” she said, emphasizing the battle in the states.
Indeed, only 13 states have banned most abortions following Dobbs. Other states voted down initiatives to protect the unborn or have codified radical abortion laws. There is still much to be accomplished. It would be foolish to declare victory at the height of the battle.
Sister Deirdre affirmed, “We will never stop fighting until every life is considered valuable.”
One Important, Often Forgotten Point
Another critical point is the need for virtue in the fight against abortion. She noted that purity is vital since the abortion movement is a consequence of immoral behavior.
She explained that sin hinders the ability to carry out effective public action. Thus, Sister Deirdre repeatedly emphasized the importance of remaining in the state of grace.
Trying to defeat abortion while enslaved to sin is like trying to see through smudged lenses—the efficacy of the person’s efforts will be limited.
“As I always say, I’m not only pro-life, I’m pro-eternal life,” the outspoken nun concluded. “I want everyone to be with us, but not everyone is going to go. There is a Hell. It’s real.”
Her emphasis on the spiritual battle (and Hell) was especially welcome since so few mention this most important part of the battle.
When the talk concluded, Sister Byrne received a rousing applause. After questions, many stayed on for conversations that were lively and hopeful.
Everyone left the TFP Bureau with a clearer vision of where the pro-life movement needs to go next. Even more importantly, their convictions were strengthened. They saw clearly that this battle can and must be won.
You can watch Sister Byrne’s talk below.