Russ Rooney is the host of "The Rooney Report" on MCN Channel 6 in the Twin Cities, the author of Be a Friend for Life, and a long-time pro-life activist in this area. Recently I had a chance to ask Russ five questions on the pro-life movement and his involvement. Here's what he had to say.
Q: How did you get involved with the pro-life movement? When did you realize how you felt about abortion?
A: My parents were always pro-life and I've always held a pro-life position. Before Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, I remember as a child (about 10) seeing a photo of an aborted baby from New York and thought it unimaginable that someone could do such a thing. I was glad that Minnesota was far away from New York.
Q: What do you think is the most misunderstood aspect of the pro-life movement?
A: The pro-life people that I know are concerned about both the mother and nascent child. If you watch the mainstream media you get the false impression that pro-life people only want to take rights away from women. What pro-life people want to do is prevent women from hurt caused by abortion and the killing of their children. Nobody has a right to illegitimately kill an innocent human being.
Q: Why should people be involved in the pro-life movement?
A: First, there is not a single person who does not have an ancestor who went through a difficult time with an “unwanted pregnancy.” We are all here because of sacrifices made by previous generations. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that every human being is created in God’s image deserves the utmost respect. Indifference favors predators who gain financially by destroying those have no choice or voice in our society. Freedom denied to the most vulnerable means that the definition of who is “vulnerable” is up for debate.
Q: You're also a published author. Tell us about your book - what inspired you to write it, and what do you hope it will accomplish?
A: Be a Friend for Life was written to help people look at the abortion issue from different pro-life perspectives. If just one person helped save another person’s life because of reading my book then all the time and effort writing the book was worthwhile. The book consists of 52 thought provoking short chapters.
Q: Finally, many people think it's impossible for one person to make a difference. How can people become involved in becoming part of the culture of life? Who can they contact?
A: If you are able to pray then you can make a difference. There are many ways that someone can be involved with promoting the culture of life. Everyone is different and fortunately there are different ministries to choose from. You can use the internet and pro-life friends to determine where your talent and or money may best help the pro-life movement.