This weekend I had an amazing opportunity to speak at a March for Life rally. It was a very powerful and moving event. And even though I have been pro-life ever since I understood the term “abortion,” this was my first time to actively participate in something like this. I’ve been outspoken about being pro-life, I’ve explained to others why we should be pro-life, and I’ve written blogs about the subject, but in all that time I had never taken an active role in this issue. So I wanted to share some about my experience because I think it is important to clarify how this movement is misrepresented by the media and even misrepresented by the church.
This particular rally was located right outside the local abortion clinic. So the first achievement by this group is simply to raise awareness about what that clinic actually does. After all, the sign on the facility just said “Women’s Clinic” so the average person would have no idea what goes on inside. People probably assume the classic lie that they are in business to do mammograms and “women’s health” when in reality they are performing abortions. And as I’ve said many times before, if the reality of abortion was spoken of in public (instead of just calling it “choice”), then the issue would take a very different turn at the voting booths and in our legislation. If they would say that a second term abortion is an in-utero dismemberment and extraction of a human that already has all of its body parts – a circulatory system, a nervous system to feel things, arms and legs, fingers and toes, and even tooth buds under its gums – then maybe people would think twice about calling it “choice.”
Then I got to hear some of these other women speak. And it made my heart ache to learn the reality of the industry of abortion. One woman back in the 80s had been lied to by an abortionist that what was inside her was just a mass of tissue. She is still heartbroken with the grief of knowing she was talked into aborting the only biological child she ever had. See, back then we didn’t have the technology to show us the real embryological development of a fetus. Back then, the abortion movement tried to convince women it wasn’t really a baby yet. Of course now, with all that we know and can literally see in the womb, they have to take a different approach. We know that at 8 weeks the baby has a nervous system and at 5 weeks that baby has a beating heart. That’s not just a mass of tissue; that is a life. And at that point, most women don’t even know they’re pregnant yet. One woman gave her story about being at her OB/GYN for prenatal care, yet the doctor directed her to have an abortion. So here you have a woman choosing the difficult road of carrying a baby that was unplanned and who wanted to give that baby life, yet her doctor was trying to talk her into an abortion – not for the sake of her health, but for the sake of her convenience. The true picture of the industry of abortion.
But sadly, so many people stand silent on this issue. Their silence is their consent. Not speaking out about the killing of 3,000 innocent unborn Americans every day is consent. That is equivalent to 115 kindergarten classrooms being slaughtered EVERY DAY. How can we as human beings ignore that? How can we just sweep it under the rug and re-classify it as a “women’s health issue”? This is a sanctity of life issue. How can we as a church stand idly by and do nothing? Think about the damage done by the church remaining silent in Nazi Germany. Think about how the church stood silent during slavery and the civil rights movement. One of the most difficult things to read in Dr. Martin Luther King’s letters was his plea to the church to stand up for racial equality. The church should have been first on the front line to fight for these causes. We know about Corrie Ten Boom and Harriet Tubman because they were the exceptions. If all the Christians during those times were standing on God’s principles in those fights, then there would be too many names to even list in the history books of those fighting against such atrocities. And now that we have the same slaughter of innocent people in our nation today, we see the people in the church cowardly hiding behind “choice.” They’ve hidden behind it by staying silent. They’ve hidden behind it by denigrating those who speak out against it. And they’ve hidden behind it at the voting booths by electing government officials who support this, in particular our current president who refused to vote against even partial-birth abortions. Those are abortions done in the third trimester where the baby is partially passed through the birth canal and then murdered, all for the “choice” of the mother.
So how should the church help? Well one way that most churches do help is by supporting pregnancy centers. And I wholeheartedly agree that the church should support those as well. In fact, I consistently have supported those by donating all of my baby items to the pregnancy help centers in my local town. So I see those as wonderful and necessary in the pro-life movement. After all, you can’t encourage someone to keep their baby but not provide them the help and tools necessary to do so. But the women going to pregnancy help centers are the women who have already chosen life for their baby. What about the women who have not made that decision?
And this is what I’ve found to be the most amazing thing about this pro-life ministry – the REAL pro-life ministry, not the one you hear about in the media. They want to meet these women where they are in their final moments of desperation – on the doorstep of an abortuary – and give them hope. They want to show those women there IS a choice for life for their unborn baby. Ironically, the “pro-choice” abortionists really don’t want the women to have a true choice. They want them to “end the pregnancy” or “get rid of the problem.” That’s not a real choice. A real choice involves telling someone ALL the options they have, like pregnancy help centers, donors who will help with their medical care, maternity homes, or adoption. That is the help and love offered by this pro-life sidewalk ministry. Those people are so generous and so loving to the mother AND the baby that they are willing to pay for their pre-natal care. They are willing to provide all the items for the nursey. They are willing to be there through the entire pregnancy and delivery. They are willing to adopt.
Those people out on the sidewalk are doing a very difficult task. They are the last voice of true counsel to save those women from a regrettable mistake. They are the last line of defense to plead for the life of that baby. And they are doing it in the face of a government who hates them, in the face of atheists who hate them, and in the face of so-called women’s rights groups who hate them. Don’t let it be in the face of a church who hates them too. You may not be called to this particular ministry, but at least give your love and support to those who are called and willing to do that battle.
Silence is consent. Do not let your silence be to the consent of abortion.