Stop me if this sounds a little too familiar. You are debating someone on the topic of abortion, and they accuse you of not being truly pro-life because you do not care what happens to the baby once they are born. They try to call you something like “pro-birth”, rather than “pro-life”, in an effort to make you sound like you are heartless and cruel for opposing the slaughter of children. This is an attempt at minimizing you in such a way as to render your argument null and void.
Where this argument fails, though, is that the assertion is 100% false. We genuinely do care what happens to the babies once they are born, not only because it is the humane thing, but also because it deeply benefits us as a society. It is not enough to simply be born, but one must also make it to adulthood, and become a responsible citizen of our great nation. As Lord Jesus said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22:39, KJV)
In order to bring to light the lie that is the “pro-birth” argument, I am going to point to a series of factors that highlight what it is that we, as a movement, are doing for the babies that make it to birth.
Before I do that, I want to distill our position down to a simple statement:
We oppose murder in all forms, not just the ones that society actually cares about. To that end, we speak out against abortion, as we know and understand that abortion is murder. We want women in crisis to know that their options should not include the mass slaughter of innocents, and that their lives will not end simply because they had a baby. While we do acknowledge the idea of bodily autonomy for the mother, we extend the same to the unborn as well, as this is the position that is the most consistent with our beliefs. Under that concept, the mother’s right to bodily autonomy ends where her child’s right begins. She has no right to end the life of her child.
To the end of making legalized abortion go the way of the dinosaur, various groups and organizations have undertaken various tasks involved in attaining that goal.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers
These centers are run by not-for-profit organizations that counsel women away from abortion, while offering them various types of assistance and resources. Depending on the type, they may be able to offer medical services, but typically they offer local resources such as financial assistance, child care resources, as well as assistance with adoptions should the mother so desire.
These centers, which happen to outnumber abortion clinics by a wide margin in the U.S., work tirelessly day and night to save the lives of unborn children. Their entire purpose is the prevention of mass murder, and they are doing the best they can. Sadly, the people running some of these centers have been caught using deceptive tactics, something that ought to be categorically rejected, but you should not allow that to subvert the good that those centers have done. Where misdeeds have been caught, they have been dealt with, as they should. Why lie when the truth is so much more compelling?
What these centers do, in effect, is address the economic argument that the pro-choice side keeps using as an excuse to justify their position. The idea that many women seek abortions because they could not financially hold up under the burden of raising a child on their own. Among the options offered by these centers, adoption and access to higher education are best suited to handling that issue. These are handled at little to no cost to the mother; certainly at less cost than an abortion.
The center near my house, for example, houses young women in crisis. While there, they have access to a variety of services, including a safe space for those women fleeing domestic violence. All of their needs are seen to, and they are helped with whichever services they desire. In so doing, they are saving the lives of countless children, improving the lives of mothers, and helping to reduce many of the social ills that lead to these crisis pregnancies. In all, this is the most humane option. Yet, there are those who will decry these people’s efforts because they choose not to offer or assist in abortion services. Given that, one must question which side truly has women’s best interests at heart.
At present, there are numerous church organizations that are actively involved in the pro-life movement. They participate in a variety of activities and programs geared towards preventing abortions from occurring. They go out of their way to change hearts and minds about what abortion is, and the damage it causes.
While many are involved, few are more involved than Apologia Church in Tempe, AZ. Their pastor, Jeff Durbin, is a man who knows how to put his money where his mouth is, and it shows in his congregation’s approach to curbside apologetics and the abortion issue. As this video shows, they are not afraid to make contact with young women in crisis, and offer them the help they need.
Not only do they record and upload videos such as this on YouTube, but they also run a website called endabortionnow.com. On this site, not only will you find resources necessary to equip your own ministry for the fight to save those babies, but also testimonies of women who chose life, the babies that were saved, an opportunity to partner with them, and the chance to contribute to them. All of this, so that they can ensure that those babies not only survive, but also thrive.
Women who accept their help find themselves lacking for nothing. One woman they helped had twin girls, and said she didn’t have to buy a single box of diapers for them for the first year. She said that they had been given such a tremendous amount of supplies that her babies needed nothing! Even at the age of two, they were still set. Again, does that sound like we uncaring of the babies we save?
Another way that we express our caring for women and their babies is by seeking to influence law makers, ensuring that they pass laws which ensure the best outcome for all people, not just a select few. For example, studies have shown that children who come from traditional families enjoy the most success, and that is what we champion: the traditional family.
According to the Brookings Institute, the three main things one must do to avoid poverty is:
- At least finish high school
- Get a full time job
- Wait until at least the age of 21 before getting married and having children
This study also suggests that approximately 98% of all people who follow these three main steps will move from poverty into the Middle Class. Granted, they also admit that there are other things one can do to make this move happen, but these are the three main ones. The more you do beyond those three things, the better your chances of success, so why stop there?
While researching for this blog post, I came across a study entitled, “The impact of family structure on the health of children” by Jane Anderson. While the main thrust of the study centered around the long-term effects of divorce on children, she made a couple of statements in the abstract that caught my attention.
“Nearly three decades of research evaluating the impact of family structure on the health and well-being of children demonstrates that children living with their married, biological parents consistently have better physical, emotional, and academic well-being…The best scientific literature to date suggests that, with the exception of parents faced with unresolvable marital violence, children fare better when parents work at maintaining the marriage. Consequently, society should make every effort to support healthy marriages and to discourage married couples from divorcing.”
When you look at the Left vs. Right paradigm, what you find is a study in contrasts. While the Right is actively fighting for the things that science and the Bible both say is actually good for our society, the Left is standing in open opposition to it.
Abortion is unquestionably murder, with the abortion industry actively, and unashamedly, engaged in the wanton slaughter of thousands of innocent babies every day. The pro-life movement has taken the position of consistancy by opposing murder in all forms, and seeking to reverse the socioeconomic conditions which make abortion seem favorable to women in crisis. In other words, we are seeking to solve or minimize the problem.
Contrast that with the pro-choice movement, who actively encourage women to make the unilateral decision to allow someone (a doctor) to slaughter their baby within their own womb. They also disparage, minimize, and seeks to remove the father from the equation, thereby rendering him moot and powerless. This takes the assertion that the pro-life movement is somehow uncaring, and turns on its head. We need to ask the ourselves, which is truly the uncaring side?
Anderson J. (2014). The impact of family structure on the health of children: Effects of divorce. The Linacre quarterly, 81(4), 378–387. doi:10.1179/0024363914Z.00000000087