On Saturday, January 21, 2017, thousands of women gathered in Washington, DC for a Women’s March on Washington. The march was founded on principles of diversity, dignity, and inclusion. Many pro-life women participated in this event despite their groups being uninvited by the organizers. This article and video explain why.
Here’s an article on some pro-life groups who participated and the negative reception they received from other participants. This coverage was probably overlooked in most mainstream media outlets.
No doubt the Women’s March on Washington will get more news coverage than the annual March for Life on Friday, January 27, where thousands of women, men and children attend each year.
The March for Life is an annual event in remembrance of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Media outlets have starkly different views of this decision: just Google “Roe v. Wade anniversary” and you will see what I mean. If you find a neutral view of this decision in the mainstream media, please post the link in the comments.
With a pro-life President and Congress, scandal-ridden Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, may lose its federal funding this year. For those who did not read my article about the 2016 March for Life, most of it is reprinted below.
Girl Without a Name
Film is an effective media for influencing people. This post discusses a six minute video, a full-length film, and a series of videos.
Here’s a powerful six-minute pro-life video made by a family friend and her friends. I am glad to see young people getting involved in the pro-life movement. It’s no wonder they are calling themselves the pro-life generation. If you click on one link in this article, make it this one. It’s well worth the time to watch.
It doesn’t cover every aspect of the pro-life issue, but it does make the point that personal autonomy of the parent (the father bears responsibility too) should not override ending the life of an unborn child, with its unique DNA and potential.
The mother-to-be has options: “You have options,” said the counselor in the video with a twist of irony which I will not reveal. Such as raise the child as a single mom with the help of family, or release it for adoption by another family who has the resources to raise it.
But she doesn’t have to make a decision she may regret for the rest of her life. Or have to suppress the guilt of an abortion, or proudly proclaim that she has autonomy over what is growing in her own body. (It’s another human being!, With unique DNA, fingerprints and potential, as portrayed in Girl Without a Name.)
#ShoutYourAbortion promotes this alternate point of view, where young women say outrageous things like “It is a fact without caveat that a fetus is not a person. I own my body and I decide what I allow to grow in it.” And celebrate a great career five years after an abortion.
Why not take a year sabbatical (really only a few months – many married women choose to work up until the last month of pregnancy) and release the baby for adoption? There is no longer a stigma for being an unwed mother. These abortions which are being trumpeted are purely a matter of convenience.
A Men’s Issue Too
Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry for post-abortive women, also has sessions for men, who have zero say in whether their wives of girlfriends have abortions, even if they want to keep the baby. Far more have influenced their girlfriends to abort, however.
One man who attended said this: “After struggling alone for years with the guilt, shame and remorse of my involvement with my girlfriend’s decision to abort our child I finally found a ministry that recognized my need to get help. Rachel’s Vineyard provided a place where I could voice my pain and loss. The acceptance of the women there was especially helpful because I felt I had hurt my girlfriend so badly that all women would despise me if they knew what I had done. Their understanding and acceptance helped me to move further in forgiving myself and helped me to love others in a deeper way.”
Men are an equal or greater part of the problem, treating sex as recreational much of the time. If they confined sex to their own marriage, it would eliminate at least 80% of abortions. Here are some Abortion myths and some recent worldwide information from the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute.
Pornography (used mostly by men) may be legal, but it exploits and harms women, who often suffer from a poor self-image resulting from trying to compete with an air-brushed photo.
Many churches have small groups where men get to know each other well enough to share and overcome difficult problems like pornography addictions, which exploitation harms women much more frequently than direct physical & sexual abuse (which everyone knows is wrong and illegal).
Use of pornography is not preached about much either, but it is handled in a quiet way. There are ads in Christian magazines for organizations that help men overcome their pornography addictions. Sex, lust, and affairs are covered. No one is immune from temptation if you don’t put up proper hedges around you, including pastors.
Ethics and Religion Combine
Abortion is an ethical question, not specifically a religious one. Not everyone who is pro-life is a person of faith, but many are. Passages like Psalm 139, written by Israel’s King David are used to back up their position. Here are verses 13-16:
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”
To be sure, there are groups like the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (now softened to “Reproductive Choice”) who are in favor of abortion on demand, but they ignore the Bible’s teaching on the sanctity of life. Follow the link to a critique of their position.
Phillip Krueger, pastor of Sun City West Christian Church in Sun City West, Ariz.,preached a sermon on June 14, 2015 which compared the Nazi Holocaust to American slavery to the modern injustice of abortion. The first and last deprive an individual of their very life, while slavery deprived people of their liberty.
2016 March for Life
Fewer people attended the 2016 March for Life because of the huge Washington snowstorm. Here’s an article describing the 2015 march.
On January 22, 2016 Focus on the Family President Jim Daly apologized that evangelical Protestants were late to the party in supporting the pro-life position, and honored Roman Catholic Christians for their faithful leadership for so many years. Here is a summary of the 2016 event. Pro-life Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina also spoke at the event.
Of course politics comes in. The Center for Medical Progress undercover videos may help the pro-life cause in the long run, although Planned Parenthood has been quick to reframe “Abortionists kill babies and sell baby body parts” to “Planned Parenthood medical personnel terminate pregnancies, then make available fetal organs for scientific research which would otherwise end up in landfills.”
In an unprecedented move, Planned Parenthood even endorsed a candidate in the Presidential primaries: Hillary Clinton. No surprise that they back Democratic candidates given the Party platform, but this article discusses why they chose Hillary in the primaries.
I encourage you to watch this six-minute video clip Girl Without a Name. Perhaps one day its filmmakers will be making award-winning full-length films like Bella, which deals with a grittier aspect of an unplanned pregnancy, where the young woman did not want to marry the father, but was persuaded to give her baby the gift of life. Here is a film review of Bella by Roger Ebert.
In previous blog posts, I began telling the story of my brain tumor and the depression which followed it. The second article in the series described my faith in God which sustained me through both trials.
Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the project and published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.
Dale Murrish writes on history, travel, technology, religion and politics for the Troy Patch and USA Melting Pot club. You can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on the left side of their website. You can also see over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge under Culture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.
Other interesting articles on the USA Melting Pot website have recently been written by Bilal Rathur on his hajj to Saudi Arabia (Part 6) and by Carl Petersen. Thanks to both of them for their contributions.