• Monica Smit

A pro-life Victory in Ecuador

Updated: May 8, 2020

I am currently in Ecuador. My host invited me to a pro-life event in Quito. I had no idea what to expect. I knew everything would be in Spanish so I assumed I would be bored…how wrong I was.

I was surrounded by hundreds of pro-life enthusiasts who had so much passion in their eyes. They sang with love, smiled with hope and were united to stand up against the murder of their babies.

There were grandparents, teenagers, babies…and everyone in between. It felt like we were one big family or that we had been friends forever. The feeling of unity was unspoken yet incredibly strong. I might have been the only Caucasian there, but it didn’t matter. In fact, 2 people took selfies with me like I was a celebrity. I’m sure they appreciated seeing a foreigner supporting their mission.

As we were praying and singing, the vote to legalise abortion was happening in the building right next to us. It felt so powerful to think the legislators could hear us.

In Australia, my home, abortion has been legal for a long time. In some states, late-term abortion and even euthanasia are legal. I have never had the opportunity to fight this battle at such an early stage. Somehow, it feels more meaningful than other pro-life events I’ve been to. We have the chance to actually save lives right here, right now!

I didn’t know if we would be told the result right now or not. I was pretty oblivious to everything because I couldn’t understand the announcements. Luckily, I had my camera on my host when I saw her face dramatically change as she started jumping up and down. The crowd followed her example and in that split second, hundreds of people were screaming with joy. I didn’t need to speak their language to know that the vote to legalise abortion had just been denied.

I looked around and saw countless red watering eyes. I saw ladies starring into the sky with their hands clasped. I saw adult men rubbing their eyes while squeezing their children tighter. Even as I write this, I am tearing up from the memories of this experience.

These people love their country, they love life and they love children.

I will never forget this night for as long as I live. I was a witness to thousands of lives being saved. That is far better than any tourist experience I could ever have.

Today…we saved lives, we made Our Lady smile.

Congratulations Ecuador!!!

Deo Gratias.

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