Nick Alexander's Top Ten Pro Life Songs

Nick Alexander here...
Every year at this time, special focus is given for January 22, for the national March For Life. This year, the need for support is especially vital, since we are on the cusp of a new historical administration, one which promises a quick passing of the Freedom of Choice Act.

To align myself in solidarity with the Pro-Life movement, I have picked ten songs that I consider to contain very powerful sentiments towards the reality of the sanctity of life, in all forms.

Please pass these songs along. Thanks!

  1. Precious Unborn Child by Margo B. Smith from the album Sending Up a Prayer
  2. Whispers from Heaven by Donna Lee from the album Whispers from Heaven
  3. Malediction by Atomic Opera from the album Gospel Cola
  4. Rock a Bye Bye by Extreme from the album Extreme
  5. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Matt Redman from the album Beautiful News
  6. It's Not the Time by Kendall Payne from the album Jordan's Sister
  7. My Sweet Child by Sally Bolderson from the album Humble Beginnings
  8. All My Life by Noel Paul Stookey from the album In Love Beyond Our Lives
  9. What Was I Supposed to Be? by Acappella from the album Better Than Life
  10. Gianna Molla (Mother's Song) by Fr. Kent O'Connor from the album Saints

What is Your Favorite Pro-Life Song?

Nick Alexander here...

Within the past week, there has been a steady stream of pro-life oriented songs. These are the songs that speak of the different voices surrounding life issues, from artists as varied as soft contemporary to jazz-infused rap. There's songs of joy and regret, love and forgiveness, strength and struggle.

I was raised in a home that, in short, did not share these views. In fact, my mother was very vocal in the "women's rights" movement, and oftentimes would march for "our bodies, our selves."

As a teenager, I became a huge fan of Steve Taylor. Of all the Christian rock that I listened to in the mid-80s, none spoke more persuasively about the sanctity of life. Because of his tenacity of addressing this issue amongst many songs, I was able to understand the importance of taking a stand for life, at all stages. Life is a gift, and regardless of one's circumstances, one must never presume that taking a life would be a solution to whatever trial one is facing.

Of all the songs in Steve Taylor's repertoire, I find that Lifeboat (off of On the Fritz) is a novelty track that hits this point home. It demonstrates the frivolousness of teaching "values clarification", and that life could be measured by accomplishments. And any song that reminds me of "Joan Collins" gets an automatic recommendation in my book.

Do you have a pro-life song worth sharing? Share your comments below. Our society is hungry to know more of these songs...

Story Behind the Song: Whispers From Heaven

Donna Lee writes:

My song, Whispers From Heaven has helped me in my own healing process.

My daughter would have been 22 years old this year. Making the decision to have an abortion when I was 22 years old in 1986 changed my life forever. It is something that I have thought about every day of my life since then.

In the beginning of my music ministry I was too afraid to talk about it when I gave my testimony about my return to the Catholic church. It was in Australia at a Marian conference that I was singing at in 1994 where I finally got the courage to talk about it. Ever since then it is hard for me not to share about because God's forgiveness, love and mercy is infinite.

My story is too long to tell here. Some of you have heard it. I am such a fan of Divine Mercy and I speak and sing of it wherever I can. My personal journey of forgiveness has been a long one and although I have forgiven myself, and I know that God forgave me and my daughter too--I still can't help but think about what she may have looked like or the woman that should would have become and all the things I missed out on being a mom for the first time. Thank you Jesus for your mercy.

You can listen to my song here in its entirity, since itunes only runs 30 seconds of it.

Will You Speak For Me? Lyrics

Teresa Smith, formerly of Crossed Hearts, sang the tender "Will You Speak For Me?" (as written by husband David Smith), from the perpective of an unborn child. It is a fragile-but-forceful performance.

Will You Speak for Me?
Words and music: David C. Smith

If I could for the words, I would say
How much I long to see the day
When I can laugh and sing and be
Who I am being formed to be

But here I cannot say a word
My voice will only go unheard
Yet in my heart this questions burns
Will you speak for me?

To a world where I am
The least of its problems
The least of its worries
I am the least of these

Mom, I know something is troubling you
When your heart races, mine races too
But as you decide what you should do
Will you speak for me?

To a world where I am
The least of its problems
The least of its worries
I am the least of these

Some say they just don't have the time
I'm out of sight and out of mind
Maybe you're the voice I've hoped to find
Will you speak for me?

Ten Exceptional Pro-Life Songs

Going to a rally this coming week? Get yourself inspired by these songs that will encourage you to stand for life.

Pro-Life Video

Courtesy of the uber-talented Robert Galea, from Australia.