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How Not to Be a Doe-Eyed Pro-Lifer

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Saavy looking woman with glasses. (How Not to Be a Doe-Eyed Pro-Lifer)

We have arrived at a defining moment in the pro-life battle. The gruesome reality of abortion is stripped bare and standing before the watching eyes of a horrified America. It has been a long time coming. It should have been obvious, some of us would say, why is everyone so surprised? We are surprised because we have been willingly blind, because we don’t want to take responsibility for what is going on, because we are rarely forced to look at it. David Daleiden and the folks at the Center for Medical Progress have dragged us all directly into Planned Parenthood’s house of horrors and yanked open our eyes. I call them heroes for their courageous action and considerable commitment to shaking us all out of our apathetic haze. Now that we have shed some of our apathy and doe-eyed innocence, what can we do to get involved?

Get Wise

Pro-lifers have been doing pro-life work for more than forty years, and abortion is still legal in all fifty states. Late term abortions are regulated to varying degrees in many states now, but any woman can go down to the local CVS and buy a pill to take care of any potential unpleasantness that might have arisen from last night’s indiscretions. Gives new meaning to the convenience store I guess. Planned Parenthood, most pharmacies, and every abortionist in America are selling convenience and Americans are buying.

We don’t do ourselves or the pro-life movement any favors by ignoring the truthful state of affairs. Planned Parenthood has not betrayed women, they have given women exactly what women are paying them for—dead babies. PP, women, and Americans in general have betrayed the millions of babies who have lost their lives to this barbaric practice. Also, our pro-life politicians are rarely genuinely pro-life. They tend to be more pro-power, pro-grandstanding, pro-themselves, pro-getting-endorsements-from-pro-life-organizations, pro-getting-elected-again; but let’s be honest, they rarely do anything that treats all babies as humans who deserve protection.

It’s time to get wise and stop believing the platitudes poured upon us by politicians and pundits. We know the truth. From the tiniest embryos to full-term fetuses, these are babies—all of them! How they were conceived does not change who they are. Their level of wantedness does not change their personhood. Each one has every bit as much humanity as you and I. When our politicians trade the lives of babies for political compromise we need to wise up and take our votes elsewhere.

Speak Up

Make your voice heard. God’s Word tells us,

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted, and needy (Proverbs 31:8–9).

There is great power in speaking the truth, so do not be silent. Our culture of death should be hearing the deafening roar of the armies of the living God. They shouldn’t be able to get away from it. Silence is not an option when the blood of the afflicted and needy is running in our streets. Our streets have been sticky with the blood of the unborn for over forty years. Utilize every outlet you have available to you and open your mouth for the mute.

Use Social Media Effectively

Whether you care for social media or not, we live in a world where it matters. This is the primary way many people get their news and information. Here are four ways you can be a savvy pro-lifer online:

1. Share Often: Sharing content like blog posts, videos, and memes not only puts this information into the newsfeeds of your friends, it also adds weight to the nationwide conversation by telling the social media sites what information is important and what stories to pay attention to, helping to create trending stories.

2. Use Hashtags: Using hashtags adds your voice to the global conversation and can get a topic or story noticed by a much broader audience. Popular ones in this conversation so far are: #PPSellsBabyParts and #DefundPP. It is also useful to take dominion over hashtags started by the opposition such as #StandWithPP or #PPShoutYourStory thereby diluting their message and using their own weapons against them. Check out Doug Wilson’s blog on this topic.

3. Make it Personal: It’s easy to click Share; it’s harder to say something yourself. When you share things online, don’t just share with no comment. Your friends are exactly that; your friends. They are more likely to respond to what you are putting out there when you take a moment to comment about what you are sharing, ask a question, or tell them why you think it is important. If you aren’t talking to people like they are people, don’t be surprised if no people respond.

Amping up the online pro-life battle isn’t just about creating trending topics, it is about talking to real people who really need to have their minds and their hearts changed on this issue. Maybe they have questions, maybe they need encouragement to speak up themselves, maybe they need to hear the gospel, maybe they need a kick in their hindquarters to stop fretting and finally do something. Maybe you can help them with these things if you remember that this is more about national and personal repentance and the changing of the hearts and minds of real people than it is about convincing computer algorithms that this issue is important.

4. Be Persistent: Keep talking about it, keep using the hashtags, keep sharing the videos, blog posts, and memes about the story. Commit to this for the long haul and don’t let the media sweep this one under the rug. Even if the mainstream media continues avoiding the story, you can still make sure it is showing up in the newsfeeds of everyone you know. Social media has put tremendous power in the hands of regular people just like you.

Be Seen

Social media and internet coverage is vitally important to this battle, but if the world we live in is going to change for real our message needs to bust out of the confines of our newsfeeds and spill out into real world action. We need to announce to our communities that this is not merely a problem in a clinic far away. It is a problem right in our own communities. This isn’t just someone else’s problem, it is everyone’s problem. I have been going to the local abortuary to do sidewalk ministry for over two years and countless people that have seen our signage have told us that they didn’t know this killing place was in their own town. A considerable part of our ministry there is simply exposing the evil work that they do, and not allowing them to carry on their killing in anonymity.

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them (Ephesians 5:11)

Evil thrives in dark places. We need to bring the light of the gospel to the women entering these clinics; it is their only hope. We must also create a visible presence for the community that announces to every passerby that those horrors they are seeing in their newsfeeds, those little ones torn limb from limb, are bleeding out right next door to their home, their workplace, and their church. Every day the death toll rises: another boy, and another boy, and #AnotherBoy, and a great many girls too.

Remember the End Game

The goal of all this is not merely to defund Planned Parenthood. Don’t get me wrong, we can and should work vigorously to make that happen. Defunding that wicked representation of what we are as a culture is merely a single step. The end game is to turn the hearts of the people back to their children. The end game is for Americans to take on humility and repentance en masse. The end game is a nation of people so restored and changed by the gospel that we stop sacrificing our children on the altar of convenience and instead give them self-sacrificial care and protection.

We cannot do this alone, for we all have blood on our hands. We have succumbed to convenience and compromise. If we hadn’t, we would not still be entrenched in the battle forty years later. Forty years we have been living with these houses of death inside our camp, but perhaps God has used that time to refine and strengthen His people to do the things we were too scared to do the first time around. When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Promised Land, the people were too fearful to take what the Lord was giving them. They were disheartened by the giants in the land, and so they wandered in the desert for forty dusty years.

We have been wandering in the desert of death and destruction that Roe v. Wade has wrought on our land for too long. We must return to the battle completely trusting in our God who has brought us here. We must learn to be faithful and not compromise, always remembering that our God, who gives life and weaves each of us in His image, leads us. Our culture of death needs the light of the gospel so very desperately, and we are tasked with taking it to them. As we take these steps toward greater faithfulness, let’s give thanks to Jesus who shed His blood to make the Promised Land possible for sinners like us and for our children.

Resources to Get You Started

Getting involved is a difficult step to take, these are merely a place to start. Check out these resources and watch the video below. Start praying about how you can be involved in this very important battle.

  • Follow the Center for Medical Progress and share their content (Facebook, Twitter, Website)
  • Follow Cleaning House & Clearing House to join others in a targeted approach to defund PP from corporate donations (Facebook, Twitter, Website)
  • Follow Live Action for more investigative and undercover content on PP. They have been in this battle for a long time (Facebook, Twitter, Website)
  • Abolish Human Abortion has many useful resources if you take this campaign into the real world. They allow you to use their sign art to print your own signage, and they have assorted t-shirts, tracts, drop cards, and other literature for use in person-to-person ministry. (Facebook, Twitter, Website)
  • Babies are Murdered Here is a fantastic documentary which you can watch for free on their website. They also have tracts for ministry, and feel free to copy their sign design when you are making your own signs. (Facebook, Twitter, Website)
  • Download a conversation on Abortion: Evil in Our Midst by joining our email list now.
  • Download a conversation on Why We Go to the Mill from our store.
  • Download a conversation on Foster Care: Orphans in Their Affliction from our store.
  • Hell’s Best Kept Secret a message by Ray Comfort about sharing the gospel. Well worth a listen, and he offers many other resources for evangelism on his website also.
  • Who Will Stand? The video below is a powerful call to action and bios John Barros and his ministry at the Orlando Women’s Center. Please take a few minutes to watch it.

  • Sharon

    Thank you for this timely article. You have given me much to ponder, pray about, and act upon.

    • So glad to hear it. I think we would be much surprised at the changes that could happen in this nation if we Christians demonstrated more faithfulness to bring the light of the gospel to the dark killing places in our cities and towns. Something I didn’t add in the above article is how much doing these things changes us. God uses our involvement to make us better people, more like Jesus. I know He has done so for me.

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  • Jessica Foltz

    This article is full ridiculousness.

    • tionico

      how so? Be specific, please, disprove facts or assertions. Come on, details to back up your claim… else it is so much hot air.

      • Jessica Foltz

        The only one that matters : science says that abortions aren’t killing anyone at all up until a certain point. Pro-birthers claim it’s a human at conception. ….maybe in their fairytale world….

      • Jessica Foltz

        The rest of the article is just hot air.

      • Jessica Foltz

        And to take the cake: birth control is bad?? Really? Last time I checked I want absolutely nothing to do with kids. I also will be married soon. Somehow that automatically makes me a birthing machine? Nope sure doesn’t. Thank the scientists and doctors for that. Like I said. Ridiculous.

  • Mark_Trail

    Separating the sex act from procreation via birth control is where this whole thing started. If you’re using birth control inside or outside marriage, you’re part of the problem. If you’re going to be on the front lines in pro life, you have to commit to being 100% pro life in private as well as in public. It will make your witness more powerful. Fast, pray, work.

    • Jessica Foltz

      I feel bad for any woman in your life.

      • Mark_Trail

        I feel bad for any child conceived when your birth control fails you. You already, by using birth control, have said with your body, “I don’t want a child.” And you have said to your partner, “I love you, but not enough to bear your child.”

        The back-up to failed birth control is abortion. Once you get pregnant while using birth control, birth control can’t stop the abortion which you have already intend if it failed. Thus, birth control doesn’t lower the abortion rate, it increases it.

        Birth control has tried and failed to deceive nature, with huge negative results. 56 million dead through abortion; most women who get abortions were using birth control the month they got pregnant.

      • Jessica Foltz

        Haha. I DON’T want children at all. That is not what I am on earth for. I decide what I want in life. The MAN (not troll) in my life knows that children are MY decision. It’s my body not his. Bare his children? You are as Misogynistic as they come. Birth control has not failed me in 7 years. Doubt it will fail me anytime soon. And if that is the case which is basically a .01% chance plan B will step in. I wouldn’t get an abortion at this point but I definitely believe in a woman’s choice to get own up until the fetus is scientifically a human. You need science…and a woman to kick your ass.

      • Mark_Trail

        Whose children would they be, yours alone? Do they take your name? Who pays child support in most cases of divorce? The man.
        You probably DON’T want children because you’re ON the Pill, which fools your body into acting like you’re pregnant all the time. No wonder you want to kick male ass.
        If your b/c fails, you only have two choices. One choice, you let nature take it’s course, and you’ll have a baby. The other, you won’t.
        You don’t use birth control, birth control uses you.

      • Jessica Foltz

        You really don’t have a clue do you. If and when we adopt they will take my name. Child support gets awarded to the parent that gets custody. Just because in our society we say the women should take the men’s last name doesn’t mean it’s right…in fact that is changing. And it CERTAINLY does not mean children belong to the dad. It takes the egg and a woman’s body first and foremost. And no, I do not want to kick male ass…I just strongly dislike ignorant humans who don’t know anything about biology. Bc does not trick your body about being pregnant. It simply does not let an egg release. By your logic, if I took a pregnancy test it would be positive. ..nope definitely not. And nature often does take its course with woman who want children …in the Form of a miscarriage. Do you blame that on her too? And NOPE. I use birth control. It’s a wonderful invention but sorry it doesn’t posses the power to use people. …unlike people. …

      • Jessica Foltz

        And just for the record, as hard as it may be for you to comprehend, the man I love does not equate my value in whether or not I decide to have children. He values and loves ME. I am not simply his birthing machine but his partner his equal and his friend. I matter to him. Not an egotistical ideology. And many women are not on birth control when they get raped…. Many women aren’t taught proper sex ed…or how to use birth control. Again I feel sorry for any woman in your life.

  • Gabrielle Carbonneau

    I was reading comments both here and on youtube where the the video originates. As I read some of the vitriolic comments I can clearly see where the lies of the enemy have worked on many lost souls. I admire John so much. I only wish I had as much faith. I feel pulled in this direction and I’ve been praying about it. I do several of the things you outlined in this article already, but I desire to do more.

    • You just have to keep taking steps of faith. Each one can be scary, but we have to trust that the Lord can use us even when we feel like we are inadequate. It helps a lot if you can find others in your church or locally that you can cooperate with and find mutual encouragement from.

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  • tionico

    I came across an article yesterday I think it was, detailing how EIGHTY THOUSAND people throughout Mexico have demonstrated in the major cities and smaller towns against their government forcing the whole sodomite idealogy upon them, telling their government to take a hike and the perverts to go away and leave them alone. 80,000. That impressed me.

    I found myself wondering what it will take to get even that many of we Yanks so up in arms we’d actually MARCH in public and tell the government to get back into their cage. A few years ago I think we managed to get four thousand… five percent of the Mexican total, to marck no DC to protest abortion. What if EVERY statehouse and DC were flooded with people screaming to defund PP and impeach the “justices” that voted in favour of sodomy becoming the norm amongst us?

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