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#TBT President Reagan announces federal regulations ending the use of federal aid for #abortion
This past weekend a debate between pro-life advocate Gregg Cunningham vs. Abolish Human Abortion advocate T. Russell Hunter took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The purpose was for each one to defend their view on abortion strategy: Incrementalism vs. Immediatism.
I am not going to address the entire debate in this blog post.
For those interested, pro-life blogger, Jill Stanek has analyzed the debate in a series of blog posts here which I recommend.
The purpose of this blog post is to address two statements made by Hunter.
During the debate, Hunter makes claims that pro-life strategy of working towards complete abolition of abortion and accepting gradual or incremental methods to save every baby possible along the way is sin.
Then Hunter implies that pro-life people do not call the sinner to repent for abortion. This is one of the statement’s I wish to address here.
Hunter says, “You notice the difference between an immediatist and an incrementalist, in that an immediatists says abortion is sin turn to God and goes out daily and to that work.” (Note: The last three words of Hunter’s statement are hard to make out from the audio, but I think I caught them correctly, please notify me if I am incorrect.)
Hunter ran through his points so quickly that I believe that they are worth reviewing. Let’s pause there for a moment and analyze what Hunter is implying.
The comments begin at 58:29 of the debate video – here if you want to hear them.
First the statement, “an immediatists says abortion is sin turn to God” is intentionally designed to imply that anyone who claims the name “pro-life” and supports “incremental” strategies does not believe that abortion is sin or proclaim that society needs to turn to God.
This is an utterly ignorant and rather insulting statement.
The pro-life movement is made up of a large number of Bible believing Christian people. I would be in that group.
I understand the ignorance of a person who only recently joined the fight to end abortion while claiming to be a Christian for many years. But, just because Hunter and many of his followers have decided to responded to the Biblical mandate to “rescue those being led to the slaughter” does not mean history on this movement began with them.
As much as Hunter would like to re-write the history of the pro-life movement he did not live it as many many pro-lifers did and can now testify as first hand witnesses.
But to the point at hand, there is ample evidence past and present that the call to repentance was and is given within the pro-life community.
This 2001 letter to the editor is just one example:
The 1980’s rescues were also public calls for not only the church to repent from abortion apathy, but also for society to do the same. No AHA meme, statement, or fancy design can erase that history.
The second part of Hunter’s statement which I’d like to address is as follows:
Again- that is a preposterous statement.
The very images collected by the pro-life community, which Hunter now uses in all his effective social media memes, is proof that the focus is on the fact that abortion kills babies.
In addition, I have also documented that pure legislation to defend the preborn and outlaw all abortions was put forth via Human Life Amendments during the early days. That documentation can be found here.
Having said that, there is nothing wrong with saying that abortion hurts women. Hunter, for all his protesting, admits it in fact does. Is not truth- truth?
I will give Hunter the benefit of the doubt on this topic because again, the AHA leader chose to get into this fierce fight after abortion had been legal for a number of years, so he is rather ignorant of historical battles, ideas, and lies that the pro-life community has had to dismantle for the past 42 years.
Those who are new to the abortion battle may not realize that the abortion lobby made major inroads by painting illegal abortion as “unsafe” causing women to die.
It is simple logic to counter the lie that helped legalize abortion with the truth, which is that women still die from abortion and legalization does not necessarily make abortions safe.
If you make abortions illegal, women will die.
Case in point, during the debate to liberalize abortion in New York, the issue of unsafe abortions swayed one representative to change his vote on the floor, opening the door to abortion on demand in that state.
Assemblywoman Constance E. Cook stood to the floor during that 1970 debate to push the lie of unsafe abortion, stating, “I submit that we have abortion on demand in the state of New York right now. Any woman that wants an abortion can get one–if she has $25, she has it done here, under the most abominable circumstances,” and that prohibition only drives abortion underground.”
This clip from the film “Choice at Risk” gives a historical glimpse :
The deciding vote was cast by Democrat Assemblyman, George Michaels, who told the LA Times that for years he had been told by local party leaders not to vote for the repeal of the abortion ban, and he pledged not to. For two years he had followed the party line.
In April, 1970, the night before he left for Albany, Michaels spent an evening with his daughter-in-law, Sarah.
Sarah asked him what would happen when the abortion bill came up for a vote again. There was a chance it would pass, he told her.
“What if it doesn’t?” she asked.
“Maybe next year,” he said.
Michaels says he has never been able to forget what his son’s young wife told him next:
“In the meantime, thousands of women will be mutilated and die because of that stupid Legislature.”
“Boy, that rocked me,” Michaels says. “That rocked me.”
The National Abortion Rights Action League, NARAL, also lied about women dying from illegal abortions. One of their early founders, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who later repented of his pro-abortion actions and views, described what they did early on:
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Robert P. George breaks it down further when he writes this about the NARAL founder:
For clarification, stats show that, in the year prior to Roe, the CDC disputed the lie that thousands of women died from illegal abortion as shown in this table from their surveillance report on abortion.
So, to summarize, just because Hunter says that the pro-life movement does not focus on “abortion kills babies” does not make it so.
When the pro-life community documents that abortion is not safe for women it does not automatically mean they do not focus on the fact that abortion kills babies. For many of us, we are able to articulate multiple facts.
In addition, because AHA leaders claim that pro-lifers do not call abortion sin, does not make the claim true either as I stated above.
However, in my personal study of scripture, I do not see every effort to dialogue or convey truth being preceded by the command “repent.”
King Solomon, himself was conflicted when he was forced to determine who the mother of a baby brought before him was. He did not tell the two women squabbling to repent of their actions. Instead the wise King appealed to the heart of the true mother:
The NIV version of the events in I Kings is detailed below:
Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
In the story above, the true mother, the one who cared for and loved the baby, was willing to compromise to save her child’s life.
Think about that for a while, as you ponder the debate !
This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision which legalized abortion o demand in America.
Pro-lifers are gearing up to bring attention to the plight of millions of unborn children executed by abortion.
In Texas, John Piscotta of Pro-life Waco is planning to unveil a HUGE banner across I35, which reads, “Abortion is never OK. No Roe”
Piscotta wrote this on his Hometown Pro-life Action Facebook page,”Interstate 35 pedestrian overpass demonstration on Roe day. I just received the main sign we will be using. It was the widest sign the company has ever made. This Pro-Life Waco demonstration happens on Thursday, January 24 from 11 to 1 p.m. We would love to have YOUR participation in this first (but not last) overpass demonstration in Waco. We need pro-lifers to hold signs and draw attention to our signs. The I-35 location is adjacent to Baylor University. Park your car in the lot of the new Chick Fill-A off 6th Street. Then walk less than a block to the entrance to the pedestrian overpass. Write or call me at 254-644-0407 is you have questions.”
In Dallas Texas, Life Dynamics reports that Bikers for Life will be leading a march to the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse housing the district court where Roe was first filed in 1970.
In addition to the Bikers, Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell plans to lead the march on the back of a motorcycle for two blocks and then walk the last two blocks to rally outside the Courthouse.
The ride will take place Saturday, January 17th at 3:00 PM.
Bikers will assemble by 2:00 PM at 500 Memorial Drive, (near the Dallas Convention Center).
Bikers who plan to ride for life can register here.
In March 1970, a suit was filed in Dallas on behalf of plaintiff Jane Roe and all other women “who were or might become pregnant and want to consider all options.”
At the time, in Texas, abortions were prohibited except to save the pregnant woman’s life. But, on June 17, 1970 the three-judge federal panel struck down the Texas abortion statute.
Henry Wade, a Dallas district attorney who defended the Texas law and the state attorney general appealed, leading, eventually, to the Supreme Court ruling: Roe v. Wade.
Pro-life Rallies are also planned in Austin:
In California- Black pro-lifers are planning a rally in Oakland.
The Oakland pro-life event is being organized by Rev. Walter Hoye.
An page on Hoye’s website about the rally reads, “We walk because abortion in the Black community is a form of genocide, it is the Darfur of America. We walk because abortion in Black America is the civil rights issue of our day. We walk because abortion does violence, both physically and emotionally, to men and women, to their children, and to their families.”
Rev. Hoye said that they have invited half a dozen speakers for their without life nothing matters rally to be held on Friday, January 23rd, at noon at the Oakland City Hall at One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
Hoye has invited several Black pro-life leaders to speak at the Oakland rally including Rev. Clenard Childress and Connie Eller who were interviewed in Life Dynamics’ powerful documentary on abortion and Black genocide, Maafa21.
In addition, Hoye said that Pastor Bruce Rivers who leads Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Pastor Walter Moss who is the pastor of the Foursquare Church in Canton, Ohio, Evangelist Richard Lane who is the only full time Black American Lay Catholic Ministries in the United States of America, and Rev. Hoye will also speak.
Hoye said his message to the crowd is, “If Black lives are going to matter, they have to matter in the womb first. Because if they don’t matter in the womb, they don’t matter anywhere.”
In DC, tens of thousands of young Catholics from around the country will fill both the Verizon Center and the DC Armory for the 2015 Youth Rally and Mass for Life.
Hilights from the groups 2012, March for Life appearance is below:
Choices for Life will be drawing attention to the child conceived in rape.
Their event will take place January 20th in Washington DC and with a panel of speakers which include founder Juda Myers and Elaine Riddick.
The group writes on their website for the event, “If you are a mother or child of rape conception please join us at the March for Life 2015 in DC to voice the truth about life. Too often the prejudice goes unchallenged and victims suffer in silence. But united we can make a difference. Our time has come and already we are making a difference. Those of us who can speak out must speak for those who can’t. If you are a mother who has known the insults and abuse from loving your rape conceived child then I know you want this to stop for every mother who chooses life for her rape conceived child.”
Learn more here.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, pro-lifers plan MLK-style protests to fight for unborn.
Protest ABQ has planned a national strike for January 22 and 23 which they say is similar to tactics employed by the late Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Not go to work, not go to school, and that brings in the strike aspect of the event,” says organizer Tara Shaver. “But instead we want people to be prayerful, to fast and to protest, whether that be at a local abortion mill, on the state capitol building.”
No place is off limits, and people are being asked to not spend money during those two days.
The hope of the strike and protest is to use peaceful means to send a resounding message to lawmakers and the courts that American people want to see an end to abortion.
Ger more information here.
“Every Life is a Gift” will be the theme of the 2015 March for Life, in DC.
Organizers seek to draw attention to the pre-born populations that are at the greatest risk for abortion: those who receive a prenatal disability diagnosis. The march will take place on January 22, 2015.
The day’s events will begin with a rally on the National Mall, which will be followed by a march to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear testimony from women who regret their abortion.
In Chicago, thousands are expected at the 10th annual March for Life.
WHEN: Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Central)
WHO: Pro-life groups and individuals from throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.MarchForLifeChicago.com
Catholics in Atlanta will remember the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion with prayer at the Cathedral of Christ the King, on Peachtree Road, and a silent protest.
Pro-lifers ion Orlando, Florida will meet January 22nd, at the Federal Courthouse for a time of Public Witness to the atrocities of decriminalized abortion and January 24th at Planned Parenthood for a Memorial, Remembrance & Prayer Service as we mourn the loss and remember those little ones who lost their lives through the horrific act of abortion.
While, hundreds of North Carolinians will gather in the state capital to acknowledge the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and recall the more than 55 million unborn children whose lives have been taken by abortion in our country since 1973.
As expected, Abortion advocates will be celebrating 42 years of legalized child killing I have already blogged about some of their events.
Planned Parenthood plans to celebrate Roe with wine, music, tacos , beer and chili for choice at an Episcopal Church in Wichita. (Read more here)
NARAL Texas will meet at the Dallas based Community Beer Company for their abortion beer “celebration.” (More here)
While the National Organization for Women, a radical pro-abortion group, has planned events across the nation as well.
Calling it, Cheers for Choice, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic will meet January 22nd at Dave’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar in Raleigh to drink over the dead bodies of babies. ( more here)
Sadly, Radical pro-abortion group plans “dramatic” confrontations next week at pro-life events in four major cities (read here)
I came across a 2010 blog post by Tony Perkins which recounted his face to face conflict with abortion as a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during a pro-life Operation Rescue protest.
Ironically, I had never heard his observations before as I was actually a reporter on the scene during those same protests.
“Having grown up in a Christian home and having accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at the age of nine, I just assumed that I was pro-life, even though I can’t recall ever hearing a sermon on the topic. After all, I thought, aren’t all good Christians pro-life?” Perkins writes.
It was 1992 and Operation Rescue launched the “Summer of Purpose” outside the Delta abortion clinic in Baton Rouge.
Perkins recalls the event, “In the summer of 1992, I came face to face with the realization that being pro-life was more than a slogan on a bumper sticker—it was an understanding that what some have relegated to a mere political issue is in fact at the very nexus of a God-honoring, just society.
That July, Operation Rescue—a nonviolent pro-life movement that was all over the news at the time—came to my hometown of Baton Rouge to conduct a “rescue” at one of the city’s two abortion clinics. This amounted to basically just sitting and praying—and sometimes singing hymns—in front of the clinic. The purpose was to get pregnant women to pause and rethink their abortion decision. As a veteran officer working with the Baton Rouge Police Department Reserves, I had a front-row seat to the event. And what I experienced would rock my world.”
I remember that event well. Day after day the pro-lifers held 24 hour prayer vigils outside the abortion clinic. Each team of prayer warriors would meet the other team with a greeting in song – then quietly- the shift change would take place. I watched the police sit behind a huge fence they had erected to protect the child killers inside.
“At roll call one evening, word came of the pending demonstration,” says Perkins, “I was taken aback by the negative and almost hostile reaction from some of my fellow officers. As the protest drew closer, the city spared no expense in mobilizing a tactical response that rivaled a small military operation.
“A public street was blocked off and an 8-foot chain-link fence was erected down the center of the road to keep the praying protestors from accessing the area around the clinic. In my nearly ten years of law enforcement and international antiterrorist work, I had never witnessed such a response to a planned peaceful protest.
“Why did the prospect of peaceful protestors elicit such an aggressive and militant response? I wanted to find out, so I purposefully chose not to work during the demonstration. Instead, I went to the clinic each morning that week as an observer to gain greater insight and clarity into this protest and the controversy surrounding it.”
I too was there early morning and late evening. I was there the entire week.
The day the protesters decided to block the clinic was amazing. They gathered early in the morning and broke off into battalions of sorts. Prayer support, worshipers, and rescuers.
Leading the protest were the worshipers and following behind them were several local pastors.
One by one, they approached the narrow gate entrance- read from the Holy Scriptures, knelt down and placed their bodies between the clinic and the babies scheduled to die that day.
As pro-lifers knelt down, evil swarmed in and I wondered why the police did not remove the abortion protesters who were taunting the rescuers.
The pro-choice protesters held rubber snakes and threw liquid on the pastors telling them it was HIV infected urine. It was a clear picture of good vs. evil and of light vs. darkness.
Perkins recounts what he saw, “Every morning I would arrive at the abortion clinic (along with my personal video camera), and in the evenings my wife and I would attend church services with those who were praying for and publicly standing for an end to abortion.
“Should God’s Word or man’s feckless opinion rule in our lives and laws? Clearly, evil will rule if God’s people remain silent.”
I witnessed the police also taunt, harass, chase, and beat pro-life protesters.
I was there in the middle of the night to document police removing their name tags and chased former California police officer, Chet Gallagher, beating him and other leaders.
Perkins also witnessed the abuse, he writes, “The experience was a pivotal moment in my life. The overly aggressive and—in a handful of cases—violent behavior of some officers against the peaceful protestors (all of which I was capturing on video) underscored for me that this was no mere “political” issue. It went to the core of who we are as a people.
“Persuaded that others needed to witness the real situation, I gave my video footage to a local TV station, which then aired the shocking clips each night. I also wrote about what I saw in a local publication.
“This venture into eyewitness reporting didn’t sit well with department officials, and as a result, I was suspended from the force. What I witnessed that week was one of those rare occasions when we are given the opportunity to see beyond the skirmishes to the real battle that is raging for the hearts and minds of people.”
I also witnessed the beauty of a single Black woman, opposed to abortion, walk across the field as she could no longer remain in the area of those who would not risk arrest. I watched as a Black police officer begged her to return to the line of protesters and not make him arrest her Her head shaking “no” she crossed her arms and went into his arms signifying her identity with unborn babies who have no rights at all.
The beauty of this week was that many lives were saved and children lived. The church arose and God’s Kingdom came face to face with darkness and overcame.
I want to be clear, I witnessed some police abuse but other officers were professional. Pro-lifers have been on the receiving end of police abuse from time to time, which I have documented before. One day, we hope law enforcement will step up and protect unborn life. One day….until then it is up to the people of God to take a stand for these innocent unborn babies.
As Perkins so eloquently states, “Should God’s Word or man’s feckless opinion rule in our lives and laws? Clearly, evil will rule if God’s people remain silent.”
Perkins now heads the pro-life organization, Family Research Council.
For those who do not know the history of the pro-life movement, they may think that there was always an incremental strategy.
This is not true- in fact – from the beginning the pro-life movement has supported complete bans on abortion. It was only when these complete bans failed that incremental legislation was considered. Given this fact, complete bans are still the goal….
Here are some examples of the Human Life Amendments attempted:
You might also be surprised that before some people, like Jesse Jackson, who later sold his soul to the abortion lobby, they supported a ban on abortion:
1974– Pro-lifers say that a resolution in favor of a human life amendment written by Jesse Jackson would be read at their meeting. (The Milwaukee Sentinel – Jul 24, 1974)
Read more on Jackson here