NFL star Ben Watson has been unwavering in his defense of the unborn and promotion of family values throughout his fruitful career, which he retired from this past season. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the weekend, the former New Orleans Saints player blasted New York's recent decision to legalize abortion up to birth for any reason whatsoever.
"I watched in horror as many of you did as New York legislators cheered – like they were at the Super Bowl – when the bill passed to allow [the killing of babies] up until birth," said Watson, according to LifeSiteNews. "I watched that in horror. Sixty million have been killed since Roe v. Wade.
"We always have to steer to the truth that life begins at conception," he said. "We need to be 'pro-whole life people.'"
Watson also stressed the importance of family. "Family is a gift, ordained by our creator," he said. "It should be cherished, not mocked; upheld, not ridiculed; held together, not torn apart. The strength of our families will ensure our future, or it will condemn it."
The retired NFL star also noted that the declining birth rate was contributing to Western decline. "We are dying as a culture," he said, adding it will only improve "when people understand the importance of family."
Watson quoted Psalm 127, which declares children to be a gift from God, even likening them to weapons against warriors.
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children in one’s youth.
How blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them …
"I love that vision of arrows. Children are like weapons," Watson said of the passage. "Children are like weapons that we pull out and shoot into the culture. Think about the effect that we have when we raise our children the correct way. We instill values into them. They change culture."
On the many social ills tearing the culture apart, Watson pointed to what many conservative commentators have been pointing at for years: the "epidemic of fatherlessness."
"Many social ills would be eradicated if fathers, if men, would do what they are called to do," he said. "Be what they are called to be."
Watson also took aim at the sexual confusion promulgated in today's age, declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman.
"One man, one woman. That’s what [God] ordained for us," said Watson. "We need to be people [who] steer the culture back. We need to be people who want to get in the driver’s seat."
To beat this culture back, Watson encouraged people to step into the public square and speak the truth.
"Even though it’s not popular, speak to the culture about what we know is right," concluded Watson. "We don’t get anywhere as believers, as families, as mothers and fathers, as conservatives, if we don’t enter into the conversation ... If we don’t do what we’re called to do, our families, our neighborhoods, our culture, our world will suffer."