Nun says the unborn is ‘largest marginalized group in the world’
In Washington, Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, retired army officer, delivered a nearly four-minute speech devoted to defending the rights of “the largest marginalized group in the world,” the unborn.
Byrne began the speech by talking about her decades-long career as an Army surgeon serving in places like Afghanistan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
She also discussed her subsequent role as a missionary “working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington D.C.”
Throughout her relatively short time as a nun, Byrne has amassed “experience working with those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries.”
“Those refugees all share a common experience,” she said. “They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States.”
“They are the unborn,” Byrne stated. “We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb.”
Byrne argued that as followers of Christ, “we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother.”
“It’s no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and was … ultimately crucified because what he said wasn’t politically correct or fashionable,” Byrne contended.
“As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today.”
She asserted that laws “define how we see our humanity.”
“We must ask ourselves ‘What are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless, voiceless life?’” she proclaimed. “As a physician, I can say without hesitation life begins at conception.”
In addition to praising Trump’s support for the pro-life movement, she described the Biden-Harris ticket as “the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.”
Following Byrne’s speech, National Public Radio conducted a fact check of her claims about the Biden-Harris ticket’s support for “late-term abortion and infanticide.” The outlet labeled her assertion “not true.”
The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List responded by defending Byrne’s comments.
“Biden supports codifying Roe v. Wade which permits abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy,” the grassroots advocacy group stated in a tweet. “And he selected as his VP, Kamala Harris who voted against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (i.e., for infanticide) in the U.S. Senate.”