In a letter from Antoinette Vella, published in the March 9 edition of SV Weekend, she wondered if those who signed the anti-abortion ad do anything to positively influence children in need.
As someone who lived in the Dixon area for at least 35 years and served in the education field, I saw names of many people who work to support and advocate for children. I saw the name of at least one judge who advocated for a program to help young people who encountered the problems Ms. Vella talked about with the people at her kitchen table.
That program and others like it are still going strong and this person is still active in supporting youth. I saw educators from both the Catholic and public schools who give of their time and talent to enable youngsters to succeed. They tutor students, stay late to work with youngsters, and encourage respect for the dignity of all. Those working in Catholic schools have the ability to teach about chastity, abstinence, the sanctity of marriage, and encourage children to live their faith. Some of these teachers also work with the CASA program, adding to their already busy schedules.
I saw families who pay the tuition for those who desire a Catholic education but cannot always afford the cost. They support the youngsters by attending their school events, assisting them with their studies, and encouraging them. People support fundraisers for Gianna’s House, donate baby clothes, strollers, and other baby items to assist women in crisis, and volunteer their time as counselors.
These people are advocating for the elderly, the disabled, and working for a just society. They don’t just put their names in an ad once a year. Every day they live their belief that God is the author of all life, from conception to natural death.