Is the Pro-Life Movement Really Interested in Ending Abortion?
Babies are still Murdered Here
The Pro-Life Movement Has Failed
A silent Holocaust is occurring in our midst. As the Jews in Nazi Germany were being led to their executions, their murderers could hear their screams. It is estimated that six million Jews were murdered between 1941 and 1945 by the Nazis. Fast forward 28 years to 1973: through Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court authorized a new Holocaust that has seen 62 million babies murdered in the United States.
Brutally Murdered and for Sale
Unborn children have been murdered by being torn apart limb by limb; evidence is mounting that their body parts are sold for a profit.
If you are pro-life, these facts should make you sick. What has the anti-abortion movement done to combat these atrocities? Why have there been so many children murdered in the United States over the past five decades?
What Has the Pro-Life Movement Been Doing?
The pro-life movement has spent its time, effort, and considerable financial resources to push for legislative restrictions on abortion. The United States is rich with anti-abortion organizations. Who are these organizations and what are their goals?
National Right to Life
National Right to Life is the oldest “pro-life” organization. Founded in 1968, they have affiliates in every state and boast more than 3,000 local chapters across the country. Their website reports that they are pushing for a plethora of incremental legislation.
National Right to Life says that their main legislative priority is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. They state that “this hugely important law protects from abortion those unborn children who are capable of feeling pain—20 weeks after fertilization, according to substantial medical evidence.”
What about those babies who are under the National Right to Life’s threshold? Sadly, they will not be saved. Even one murdered baby is one too many. Pro-life organizations are not interested in abolishing abortion; rather, they promote their incremental stance as millions of children are murdered. The anti-abortion movement has failed, and the result of that failure has been the death of millions of children in the womb.
The American Life League
The American life league was founded in 1979. Their mission statement says that they exist “to serve God by helping to build a society that respects and protects individual innocent human beings from creation to death—without compromise, without exception, without apology.”
Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family launched in 1977. Their website features an article entitled “What the Bible Says About Abortion,” which explains that “The Bible has a lot to say about abortion and the preborn. It consistently proclaims the utmost importance of protecting life in the womb. This portrayal is found in the Old and New Testament, particularly in the Psalms and in the life of Jesus while resting in Mary’s womb.”
Science and Evidence Alone Will Always Fall Short
These “pro-life” organizations all have something in common: they have been around for a long time. However, given the total number of children still dying daily, it is obvious that they have failed in their attempt to end abortion in the United States.
Why? Because they have been approaching the issue incorrectly. They claim that as we move toward a better understanding of embryology, Americans will see the horrors of abortion, leading to an end of abortion in our country. They strategize based upon education and legislation that limits abortion.
Not a Science Issue, But a Heart Issue
Science can give us all of the necessary evidence to prove that a child’s heartbeat is present as early as six weeks. Science can prove that a baby can feel pain as early as 20 weeks. 4D ultrasounds can provide videos of a baby sucking his or her thumb and smiling in the womb.
Science has shown that babies are human beings from the moment of conception. Christians have always known this to be true, however, because God’s Word—the only rational foundation for science itself—defines life plainly.
Evidence is not the issue; it never has been. Support for abortion stems from an issue of the heart. Pro-choice activists, Planned Parenthood, and women who have abortions know that unborn babies are human beings, yet they still choose to murder these helpless image-bearers of God. Instead of murdering their children, these women should be protecting and laying down their own lives for them.
Our society has lost its sense of direction; everyone flaunts his or her autonomy and does what is right in his or her own eyes.
The History of Pro-Life in the United States
Pro-Life Before Roe v. Wade
Most people believe that the history of the pro-life movement began as a result of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which allowed any woman in the United States to pursue an abortion on demand. The anti-abortion movement surprisingly was not started by conservatives or the Republican Party. Instead, the early opponents to abortion were most concerned with civil rights. They saw abortion as a means to eradicate minority populations.
The Pro-Choice Movement Takes Shape
By the late nineteenth century, almost every state had outlawed abortion except on the grounds of potential threats to the mother’s life. In the 1930s, a few doctors began calling for less harsh abortion restrictions. The first pro-choice activists claimed that the Roman Catholic Church was trying to use public law to enforce its standards to limit the personal freedom of all Americans. The National Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Guilds strongly opposed these pro-choice physicians and wrote that the movement towards legalizing abortion would “make the medical practitioner the gravedigger of the nation.”
How prophetic they were. Since Roe v. Wade, over 62 million babies’ graves have been dug under the pretense of women’s rights.
1967-1970: The Abortion Debate Begins
Between 1967 and 1970, California, New York, Alaska, and Hawaii led the way in abortion legislation that allowed abortions without requesting permission from the state. In 1967, Ronald Reagan—a hero among many American conservatives—signed one of the most progressive abortion bills into law.
New York was not too far behind. In 1970, they passed legislation that allowed an abortion at up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Jane Roe and the Uphill Battle Pro-Lifers Faced
Anti-abortion activists up to 1972 were predominantly Roman Catholic. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jane Roe, handing a huge victory to the pro-choice movement and dealing a defining blow to those who believe in the sanctity of human life.
Those who were pro-choice and some in the media were claiming that the issue was solved once and for all in regards to abortion laws. Although the anti-abortion movement did become stagnant, it did not completely fizzle. In the 1980s, there was a revival in anti-abortion activities. Roman Catholics were not in the fight by themselves; new pro-life organizations were beginning to take shape.
Policies that Don’t Save Lives
The anti-abortion movement has been around for a long time and has taken many different forms. However, the pro-life industry needs abortion in order to justify its own existence. Without abortion, many in these pro-life organizations would lose their jobs. Activists and politicians run on anti-abortion policies, but they do not follow through once they attain office. If they truly valued human life, they would do what is necessary to end the murder of our nation’s children.
Pro-life organizations have no end game in sight. Instead, they gain and lose ground over the course of decades as millions of children perish in their wake.
Understanding the Core of the Issue
God’s Word says that there is none who does good (Romans 3:12). Pro-life organizations attempt to see the good in women who murder their unborn children. They claim that pro-life individuals simply do not understand the circumstances these women face; however, the Bible says that we do. God explains that the heart is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).
Women have responded to abolitionists—those who call for an immediate end to abortion—by laughing about the fact that they have had multiple abortions, admitting that they willingly murder their children. Even when abolitionists offer to adopt their children, the women state that they said they would rather murder their children than give them up for adoption.
Is this a legislative issue first and foremost? Are the women as much of a victim as their children? The obvious answer is no.
Abolition Is the Only Option
The only path to end abortion once and for all is to abolish it entirely in our country, holding women and their accomplices criminally accountable when they premeditate the murder of their children.
What is an Abolitionist and Why Does It Matter?
Abortion: Is It Murder?
As abolitionists, our goal is merely to not reduce abortions. Many pro-life organizations will not take this stand; in fact, they believe that this stand will hurt their cause. When campaigning in March of 2016, President Trump said that women who undergo the procedure should face “some form of punishment.” It is not surprising that pro-choice activists were outraged by this statement, but many pro-lifers were equally upset.
As Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council President, explained, “I don’t know any conservative Republican that says a woman should be punished if she has an abortion.”
Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, said “Mr. Trump’s comment today is completely out of touch with the pro-life movement and even more with women who have chosen such a sad choice as abortion.
“Being pro-life means wanting what is best for the mother and the baby,” she added. “Women who choose abortion often do so in desperation and then deeply regret such a decision. No pro-lifer would ever want to punish a woman who has chosen abortion. This is against the very nature of what we are about. We invite a woman who has gone down this route to consider paths to healing, not punishment.”
By What Standard?
This is why leading pro-life organizations in our country have failed to protect unborn children. They are not willing to call abortion out for what it truly is: the premeditated murder of an innocent child.
Abolitionists do not hold the view that abortion is murder according to their own feelings or standards. God, Himself said, “Let us make man in our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). He says that “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in His own image” (Genesis 9:6).
Christians do not first consult science or evidence; rather, they consult the Word of God as the standard for defining life, then rejoice that divine and natural truth exist in perfect harmony.
The Church Is Uninterested
As these children are being executed, where have Christians been? Where is the Church? Why have we not fought to protect those made in the image of God?
The pulpit has been silent; many churches are more concerned with filling the pews than dealing with the issue of abortion.
Criminalization Is the Only Option
Why are we not holding onto the truth that God’s Word proclaims? As abolitionists, we are not interested in taking an incremental approach to ending the slaughter of the unborn, because too many children will die in the wake of our legislative battles. Instead, we are looking to abolish abortion by criminalizing and holding murderers accountable to the Word of God.
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life: What’s the Difference?
Pro-Choice Equals Pro Murder
What does it mean to be pro-choice? Planned Parenthood states that “generally, people who identify as pro-choice believe that everyone has the basic human right to decide when and whether to have children. When you say you’re pro-choice you’re telling people that you believe it’s OK for them to have the ability to choose abortion as an option for an unplanned pregnancy—even if you wouldn’t choose abortion for yourself.”
Planned Parenthood believes that every woman has the right to seek an abortion at any time for any reason. They also argue that no politicians should get in the way of so-called reproductive rights.
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America is in favor of medication that terminates the pregnancy of a woman as well as birth control medication that has the same effect. These pro-choice organizations are serious about keeping access to abortion legal, and they argue that their opponents are immoral.
What does it mean to be pro-life? Focus on the Family defines “pro-life” as “the belief that all human life is created equal regardless of size, level of development, education, and degree of dependency. Therefore, taking the life of a pre-born baby is a violation of the fundamental right to life. “
So what is the difference? One group says that it is the right of a woman to abort her baby for any reason. Another says that all life matters, including the life of the unborn child in the womb. As abolitionists, we agree propositionally with the latter group; however, we must hold to a position that truly seeks to end abortion in our nation.
Pro-Choice and Abortion Rights
To be pro-choice is to be pro-death. You cannot claim to care for the mother, aid in the murder of her child, and then claim to be morally consistent. NARAL states directly on its website that “the right to choose abortion is essential to ensuring a woman can decide for herself if, when and with whom to start or grow a family. We’ll never stop fighting to protect and expand this fundamental human right.”
Murder as a Fundamental Right
NARAL likewise believes that it is the fundamental right of any woman to murder her developing child at any time. Unlike the pro-life movement, abolitionists call for the members of NARAL and all other pro-choice activists to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Pro-life advocates, however, largely tend to leave Jesus and the Bible out of their approach in the public square. Tony Lauinger—a professing Christian and the Vice President of National Right to Life—said this very thing in a shocking interview with Pastor Jeff Durbin.
Tony Lauinger does not believe that the gospel should be invoked in the public abortion debate. In his opinion, it is best to set aside religion and argue only from science and evidence.
Is Jesus Lord over Politics?
With this statement from the vice president of one of the leading pro-life organizations, it is clear they believe that Jesus has no claim over the political arena. They are ashamed of what God’s Word says and will not bring it to use, even though it is the best weapon they have in the fight for innocent unborn life.
However, God’s Word says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. This includes every woman that murders her child, every doctor that performs an abortion, every pro-choice advocate, and every politician who passes legislation that helps or allows the murder of unborn children. We, therefore, call them to repentance, as they are in sin and rebellion against the God they know.
The book of Romans explains that the unbeliever suppresses the truth in unrighteousness. Although all people know God and although God has revealed Himself to them through natural and biblical revelation, people choose not to worship Him as Lord. Therefore, they have no excuse and will face the judgment of a holy and just God.
Why would we refrain from telling our fellow citizens these truths?
Abolitionists Are Not Anti-Woman
As abolitionists, we are not anti-woman. Instead, we love women and actively seek their welfare.
First and foremost, we deeply care for the little women in the wombs who are facing execution on a daily basis. However, we also deeply care for mothers. Every single pregnant woman is a mother of a child, and our aim at End Abortion Now is to actively love them and care for their needs. Abortion providers will not do this. Once an abortion procedure is finished, abortionists simply move on to the next execution, leaving the mother to pick up the pieces of her broken conscience.
Christians, however, have real answers. There is healing in Jesus Christ, who came to save sinners and is mighty enough to save women from their sins, even if they have murdered their own babies.
Stop Supporting Failing Pro-Life Organizations
Please avoid financing and supporting pro-life organizations. Here at End Abortion Now, we only ask for what we need. We do not want a dollar more than what is required to abolish abortion in our country and around the world.
Abolishing abortion does not begin with a decision of the Supreme Court; rather, it begins with the local church refusing to cower in fear. Pastors must stop being ashamed of God’s Word and reach the conviction that it is the best weapon they have in the fight against evil.
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” (Matthew 25:45). If you are pro-life and you do not believe in criminalizing the murder of children in accordance with the truth of God’s Word, then Jesus’ words should terrify you.
May we all have the courage to do what is necessary to end the modern Holocaust occurring across our nation.
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