Every Friday morning, we have a group of S4U sidewalk counselors that come out to Louisville’s abortion clinic and do our best to share the hope of Christ with those scheduled to be devastated by the sin of abortion. Most of our volunteers have to leave straight for work afterwards so we are not able to stay and pray together or share our experiences. Instead, I send out a weekly email to our group with a brief summary of the morning’s events and some encouragement to keep our focus on the Lord and His truth in the midst of these tough situations.
We’d like to start sharing these messages on the blog to give you a better idea of how our mornings typically go. I hope they motivate you to think through your own stance on these weekly tragedies and even challenge you to actively join us in prayer for the needs we encounter.
Today I had one of those conversations I’m sure to remember for the rest of my life. A young father on his way out of the clinic actually stopped and had an extended conversation with me. I said all the same things I always say, and he replied with all the same responses they always give, but what I will remember was his hesitation. Every excuse he gave, the Bible had a reply. Every reason to he had to walk away, God had provided a reason to stay. We went back and forth cautiously and in between each new thought he’d stand, look off in the distance, and truly think through his next move. I will never forget his anguished eyes that even welled up as he gave in an made his final choice to leave. Oh how sin plagues our blind and burdened neighbors! And what inward turmoil this young man was so obviously tortured by. I don’t think I have ever hated sin and Satan more tangibly than I did after seeing their affects on my pitiable new friend.
Please pray with me that God uses this father’s apparent conviction to turn his heart to Christ. I would not be surprised to hear if he had come back and brought his girlfriend out of the clinic, he was so on the fence. May we continue to show up for men and women like him who so desperately need hope and forgiveness.
We had 18 go in today. 1 went into both AWC and EMW but came quickly out of both. Pray she has had a change of heart and will not come back to EMW!
Today the pro-life community mourns the passing of Dr. Benard Nathanson as he lost his battle with cancer. Dr. Nathanson was a former abortionist who became pro-life through the technology of the ultrasound. He fought boldly for the protection of the unborn and is probably most widely known for his film The Silent Scream. Before his conversion, however, he was a founding member of NARAL. Jill Stanek writes today:
As one of the founding members of NARAL, Dr. Nathanson later described the lies he and his fellow abortion proponents devised to push the legalization of abortion. These included fabricating polls saying Americans supported abortion as well as illegal abortion statistics. “The actual figure [of illegal abortions] was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000,” Nathanson later said.
Perhaps Dr. Nathanson’s greatest contribution to the pro-life movement was his production of the documentary, The Silent Scream. This remarkably powerful film showed a baby gaping his or her mouth in a silent scream of agony while being aborted.
You can read the rest of her post here.
Steven Ertelt at LifeNews.com has also written about Nathanson today.
Nathanson wasn’t always pro-life and he started out as an abortion practitioner based in New York City who presided over more than 75,000 abortions.
But the doctor hoped he saved many more lives than that after witnessing an ultrasound and becoming pro-life. He then dedicated his life to ending abortions and his video, the Silent Scream, is considered a classic because it was the first to use the technology of ultrasound to make the unambiguous case that unborn children are human beings who deserve legal protection starting at their earliest days.
Quoting Nathanson himself, he continues:
“Once we had ultrasound in place, we could study the fetus and see it was a member of our community. If you don’t do that, you’re just a creature of political ideology. In 1970, there were approximately 1,100 articles on the functioning of the fetus. By 1990, there were 22,000. The data piled up swiftly and opened a window into the womb,” Nathanson continued.
Please read the rest of his article here.
Dr. Nathanson wrote about his journey from pro-abortion to pro-life in his autobiography called The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind.
The pro-life community is grateful to this doctor who admitted he was wrong and fought for the rest of his life to save the smallest members of our community who are fully persons, and fully persons from conception.
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
Thankfully this is a story that by God’s grace, is a direct answer to prayer. It is shared by me with permission from its owner, but her name and some details have been changed.
The first time I met ******, I had already had an idea that this could be a difficult task. I did not know all the details of her story, but within a few minutes I would hear them all. Tears streamed down her face the entire time as the gruesome details were shared. She had attended a college party where she was drinking. An unknown friend of a friend –who was sober–offered to drive her home and then they had sex. She couldn’t clearly remember the act, but did remember saying “no” and “stop”. And now she was pregnant. She was scared and she was sad because of this crime.
I wanted to cry too. In one night, this girl’s whole entire life had been turned upside down because of a manipulative act. How could I even know the right things to say? She went on to say that the father of the baby had already asked her about abortion, he would pay for it of course, and this would all be over. Not to mention, she had just moved to the city—hoping for a new start with school and a career ahead of her. Her family would be unhappy and disappointed. It was the wrong time and certainly the wrong circumstances. She felt the full weight of both her actions and the decisions to come.
I wanted to talk to her about God, but ****** brought him up before I had the chance, “I’m not very religious but I know I’ll give an account to God if I choose abortion,” She confessed. I was floored. Most people want to stay away from God as a holy and perfect judge and stick only to the vague, “God is love” and interpret it how they please. But if the Bible is true, and it is; then we must come to terms with its whole message. That God is holy and perfect, and that we are not because of our sin (Rom. 3:23), our sin has earned us just punishment from God (Rom. 6:23) but God lovingly makes a way for us to be made right with him through his Son, Jesus Christ (1 Pet 2:24); who never sinned and died the death we deserved. By faith and repentance (1 John 1:9, Ro 10:9) we can know God and be forgiven of all our sin and enter into a right relationship with God!
When ****** left that day, I felt very unsure of what she would ultimately do. Her circumstances were so hard! I prayed for her daily asking the Holy Spirit to help her circumstances and heart. She was also able to see an ultrasound of her baby and hear/see the baby’s heart beat in the next few weeks. She was able to see her baby move and turn and wiggle. I was able to hear more details about her and her life, love and accept her, and direct her to local resources. About a month later, I met with her for what I hope isn’t the last time. She had made her mind up! She would keep her baby!
Women like this are most certainly my heroes! I am so proud of ****** for choosing to do what is right despite her hard circumstances! She is a strong woman and capable woman. Here are a few things she had to say regarding her story below:
What would you say to other victims who find themselves pregnant?
That it is the hardest decision I had to make in my life, and although it’s very hard to make either decision would make a huge drastic impact on my life, and for me the guilt of taking my Childs life would be harder than her being a remembrance of what happened to me, the pain of knowing that I was violated will never go away, But the thought of taking a beating heart on top of that was too much to think of dealing with.
Do you regret your decision today?
I do not regret my decision to keep my daughter, because aside from how she was conceived she is mine and that will never change, and even though she has his DNA it doesn’t change the fact that she is my baby girl! And sometimes things are hard going through it alone, but I KNOW for a fact in my heart that she will change my life for the better.
What were the deciding factors that solidified your choice?
People are measured alive by their brain waves and by their heart beat, and at 6 weeks when you are able to have an abortion your child has both. Not that I am super religious but I was a victim of date rape, I don’t feel like I should have to explain to God why I took a Childs life!
By the way, this baby is a little girl and she is due in June!
May her story serve as an encouragement to other men and women everywhere.
If you or someone you know is a victim of date rape, the University of Louisville’s PEACC program has great resources and links of what to do next. You can read them here.
A few weeks ago there was a very moving guest post by a woman over at the True Woman blog. She is a woman who had been scarred by abortion by her own testimony. Her story is all too familiar to families struggling with unplanned pregnancies across the country. She begins by writing about growing up in a home that held up “good morals and good values,” yet:
Abortion was wrong in my parents’ eyes, until it became their daughter that was pregnant. The reputation of our family and the dreams of my parents were shattered. I was going to be connected to a guy that they knew had no value for me. We sat and discussed the pros and cons of abortion (none of which I could list today because of the relationship I have with God, the giver of life and not the giver of death). Although they did not actually force me get an abortion, I knew that this is what they wanted.
She remembers her feelings of isolation and sadness at the abortion clinic and then her futile attempts at trying to mask the pain with anything including drugs and relationships. She continues:
As I lived life my way and made my own decisions, I found many consequences that would play themselves out for years. You see, if I had not had the first abortion, I would never have had the next four. Abortion became birth control to me. My heart became harder and harder, and the silent cry that was once there faded into a faint thought. Because of the hardness of my heart, I eventually believed that abortion was right.
But there is good news…
Then one day I met the Lord Jesus Christ. He drew me to Himself, and I began to see my sin as He sees it. I repented as a sinner and realized that I only did what I did because that is what I was…. a sinner, a murderer, an enemy to God. At that moment in my life I saw that I needed a Savior from my sin that could give me His righteousness in place of my sinfulness. God shone His glorious light in my heart and I trusted Him as my Savior. “For He [God] hath made Him [Christ] to be sin for us, that knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).”
…I am looking forward to the day I enter into the presence of God in heaven and get to meet those five children that I did not love or value. It is through the forgiveness of God and His healing power of the soul that I am able to be grateful and joyful for that day to come.
Please read the article in its entirety here.
As a sidewalk counselor, yes I am there out in front of the abortion clinic to try and save a child from the death that awaits her. But more importantly I’m out there to point others to Christ because he is the only one who can save them and give them hope in all circumstances. The testimony above is a reminder that it is Christ, and Christ alone, who redeems.
One of our sidewalk counselors is pregnant and recently shared this amazing ultrasound of her unborn baby with us. Call it what you will, but this “fetus” is sucking its thumb! The counselor told us that they watched her baby on the 4-D ultrasound for 5 minutes or so and kept seeing the little baby reach up to suck its thumb, and then it’d fidget around for a minute but always come back to this serene position.
The amazing thing to me is that this child is only 12 weeks old and only 2-inches long! It is at this stage, between 8 and 13 weeks, that a quarter of all abortions happen to babies. How can this be?
As a side note, this is the exact type of ultrasound that we offer to families outside the Louisville abortion clinic. We want people to see and cherish their unborn babies as much as we rejoice in our own. No matter what the circumstances are that bring people to the point of abortion, this is what’s at stake.
- Dr. Russell Moore points us to an article in WORLD Magazine concerning the recent news of a baby abandoned and left to die in a toilet.
- Jenny Clark reminds us to take action to defund Planned Parenthood by using to this link on the Susan B. Anthony List website. You may also find another helpful link to contact your representative here. Please call or email today!
- Dr. Denny Burk writes about our inconsistency concerning abortion and fetal surgery.
- And finally, Jill Stanek confirms that Lila Rose will appear on Fox News today at 5:00 p.m.(EST). Glenn Beck is dedicating the entire hour to Live Action & Planned Parenthood. (In case you’ve missed it, Live Action has released several videos since last week exposing Planned Parenthood. You may find more information on this latest project here.)
UPDATE: Due to breaking developments in the Middle East, Lila’s appearance on Glenn Beck will now be on Monday’s show (via @LilaGraceRose)
The 40 Days for Life Campaign just announced they will be making history this year with a record breaking number of cities participating in the spring 2011 campaign.
Just four weeks from today, 243 cities — reaching from coast to coast in the United States, plus Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Belize, Spain, Georgia and Armenia — will simultaneously launch local 40 Days for Life campaigns on March 9.
A very common scenario that is mentioned when I discuss abortion is the issue of rape. I hear questions like, “How could you expect a woman to bear the child that was conceived in rape?” I have found myself in the last few days in a unique position to address this issue. And I will begin by saying, I hate rape. I hate how it perverts the beauty of sex as God intended it. I hate how it destroys the lives of women and their loved ones. And I hate that a man would ever sin so boldly against God and against another human being.
The uncommon scenario that I found myself in recently began months ago as my wife and I began the adoption process for the second time. The months of paperwork, phone calls, and plans led me to Ethiopia to attend court for the adoption of two children. I write this from my hotel in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. In a completely unexpected turn of events, I found myself sitting in front of the mother of one of the children I was just given custody to in an Ethiopian court. She was young, pretty, kind. I was already in tears just talking to the mother of my baby. She gave him the name Spain because he was born on the day that Spain won the World Cup. This unexpected conversation took my tears to sobs as I asked about his father. I was told she did not know the father as she had been raped.
Why was I sobbing? You may think because I was not expecting to have a child who had been born of the result of such a terrible thing. Maybe you think it makes him somehow less worthy to be adopted. You would be wrong. It was actually quite the opposite. Here is a section of my journal that I penned mere minutes after our meeting:
“I asked her about the father and the interpreter told me she did not know who he was, she had been raped. It was quite a blow. A few moments before I knew nothing of my son’s birth. Now I was sitting in front of his mother, a young rape victim…I am so glad we have the opportunity to raise a boy who is one of the neediest. I am so proud of her for doing what was right. I am so sad for her pain. But when she left she seemed happy. Her concern was for her child and now he was being taken care of.”
You see I hate rape, but I do not hate children. And abortion is not killing rape. It does not change what has happened nor bring justice for the woman wronged. Abortion is murder and murder is hatred, hatred against a baby who was innocent in the matter. Spain is not dirty because his mother was raped. He is not less of a human nor created less in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). He is my son. And I love him. And I want to raise him, no matter how he was conceived.
Allow our story to challenge you. Spain’s mother had a lot of options. I do not know if a ‘legal, safe abortion’ was one of them. But my other son was abandoned by his mother the day after he was born, a similar death sentence. Instead, she chose to bring this child to term, to take him to an orphanage, and then to walk through the steps to allow us to adopt him. Then she met with me, she did not have to do that, she chose to. And amidst all of the hardship, she was concerned for the life of her child. And she left happy.
Consider what Paul wrote to the Philippians:
Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
God calls all of us to be like Christ. And Christ ‘made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant…he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.’ So, yes. I do ask a woman who has been raped to bear the child. Not because I long to force my opinion on others. But instead because killing the child is wrong. It is disobedience to God and it is self-seeking. But oddly enough, this self-seeking action will not bring joy. Joy comes in obedience, humility, and sacrifice. I have witnessed this first-person in the life of this young mother. And it is this joy I wish for all women.
Let us stop assuming that we know what is best for these women and start listening to God. Let us stop thinking that the death of a child could ever correct the evils of another sin. Let us stop saying that nine months is too much to ask. Let us fix our eyes on Christ who gave for us his life. Let us support women and call them to do what is right. And let us raise these children as our own.
If you haven’t heard of Lila Rose and her group, Live Action… you need to! She is known for her undercover exposes of abortion clinics providing “health services” to minors claiming to have been victims of statutory rape. In most cases, abortion clinic staff not only neglected to report the abuses, but encouraged the minors to cover up the incidents and simply have an abortion and be on their way! Lila even visited our local EMW Abortion Clinic and you can see the video here:
Today, Lila has released another sickening video showing a New Jersey Planned Parenthood actually giving advice to a pimp on how he can get abortions for underage sex traffickers. See the evidence here:
You can find the rest of the story at Live Action’s Blog at http://liveaction.org/blog/planned-parenthood-aids-sex-ring/. I can’t agree more with their closing statement:
“This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of the young girls it claims to serve,” said Lila Rose, President of Live Action. “Time and time again, Planned Parenthood has sent young girls back into the arms of their abusers. They don’t deserve a dime of the hundreds of millions they receive in federal funding from taxpayers. Congress must cease funding and the Department of Justice should investigate this corrupt organization immediately.”
Let’s pray our government does not turn a blind eye to many injustices taking place in these abortion clinics! May God use this young woman’s efforts to expose sin and close down our country’s abortion mills!