UNBORN WORD of the day

Ordinary people can change the course of history
November 29, 2007, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders


Last year at a dinner I attended for the Life Centers of Ventura County, Sister Paula Vandegaer* told this story:

“California was one of the first states to legalize abortion and Ronald Reagan was involved in the situation in 1967. Anthony Bielensen authored a bill in California that allowed abortion in cases of rape, incest and health of the mother. The original bill also included deformity of the child as a reason to justify abortion. The governor of California at that time was Ronald Reagan who refused to sign it if it included handicapped babies. This particular clause was deleted and the bill went to the Governor’s desk.

The day that Governor Reagan signed the bill he was visited by two pro-life people. Doctor Bill Walsh from Camarillo and Libby Goodwin, a social worker from Los Angeles.

According to Libby, Dr. Walsh had succeeded in getting a 15 minute interview with the governor who was due to sign the abortion bill that day. The 15-minute interview turned into an hour and a half talk, with his staff continually reminding him that he had to leave immediately for a meeting in San Francisco.

They explained fetal development and that this was a human being. They discussed how this mentality would eventually lead to euthanasia. Dr. Walsh, who graduated from Standford University told the Governor about the fetal experimentation that was already going on there.

Reagan told them he had never thought of this. He promised the then powerful Democrat Jesse Unruh that he would sign this bill in exchange for the passage of the budget. He felt he had to sign it but he said, “I will never sign another such thing in my life. I will never support another abortion bill.” And he never did! Although he signed the abortion bill that day, still that historic meeting changed the course of history. He later became a President who resisted all further legalization of abortion worldwide. It is interesting to note the power of ordinary people to change the course of history.”

* Sister Paula Vandegaer, president and executive director of International Life Services, “has been involved in the pro-life movement since 1967, when abortion was legalized in California.” Then-Gov. Ronald Reagan (R.), who had not yet really studied the abortion issue, signed a bill that was part of a national trend toward liberalizing abortion laws that led up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalizing abortion on demand in Roe v. Wade (1973).

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William Walsh is my dad. It is his birthday today and the first birthday since his death. He never compromised and I am proud to be his son!

Comment by Pat Walsh

Your father was a great man! Before hearing the account given by Sister Paula, I had heard about him. Over 20 years ago a friend of mine had spoken to me about him. He had been her doctor for many years. She thought he was a saint and he definitely had been a wonderful influence in her life.

How much did she rely on him? Her family moved to France for a couple of years and she was experiencing problems with a pregnancy – who did she call for advice and support? Yes, your father – even though he was half way around the world.


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