Interview with Mike Spielman of ABORT73.com (part 1 of 3)

As readers of this blog already know, we here at H.R. are pro life. As part of our effort to help educate on the issues of abortion we have from time to time pointed out Abort73.com. I have personally fond their website to be a wealth of information about abortion. I wanted to highlight the work Abort73.com does here. I catch up with Abort73.com founder, Mike Spielman for an interview.
Why Abortion? Why focus on this issue, when there are so many causes you could have chosen?

Mike Spielman: I never sat down and made a list of all the potential issues I could invest my life in. But even if I had, I still may have landed on this one. I say that for two reasons. First, I know of no other social injustice that is killing more than 3,000 innocent human beings every day in the U.S. and more than 100,000 every day worldwide. The daily death toll of abortion is without compare. Second, despite these massive numbers, despite the fact that it targets the most helpless members of the human community, abortion remains a uniquely neglected (even ignored) social justice issue. As compassion ministries have gained more traction in evangelical circles, abortion is largely left off the table – for obvious reasons. It’s too divisive to be one of the “cool” issues. The world is not going to pat the church on the back for its opposition to abortion (like it does for opposition to poverty, hunger, slavery or disease). The price of engagement is much higher. In fact, my overwhelming experience has been that in America today, the cost of publicly condemning abortion is much higher than even the cost of publicly proclaiming Christ’s death and resurrection. Jesus says, whatever we did not do to meet the needs of the “least of these” among us, we did not do for him. I can think of no other group of human beings more deserving of the “least of these” label than abortion-vulnerable children. It is their very “leastness” in fact that has become the primary justification for their destruction.

HR: Could you give a little of the back story on ABORT73.com? when did it get launched? why a website?

Mike Spielman: The first full version of the website went up in 2005 and for me there was never any question but that this would be an online venture. The internet is such a perfect (and historically unprecedented way) to distribute information, but for all the pro-life websites that existed five or six years ago, I didn’t feel that any of them did a very good job of compiling and presenting the key facts in the case against abortion. Most of them were too poorly constructed to have any credibility and those that were more professionally put together tended to focus on an organization or a project rather than on abortion itself (you had to dig to find much in the way of facts or arguments). I wanted a site that wasn’t primarily about a pro-life organization, but was primarily about abortion. And after spending a few years traveling the country with the Genocide Awareness Project, I also wanted a way to make that same kind of abortion education more accessible and less cost-prohibitive. The internet is the perfect way to do that and since I can do most of the development myself, I didn’t have to shell out a couple hundred thousand dollars to make it happen.

HR: Could you take a minute and talk about the racial component of abortion? How is Abortion is Not an Equal-Opportunity Killer?

Mike Spielman: Abortion destroys minority children at a rate that far exceeds that of white children. As John Piper says, “The de facto effect of putting abortion clinics in the urban centers is that the abortion of Hispanic and Black babies is more than double their percentage of the population. Every day 1,300 black babies are killed in America. Seven hundred Hispanic babies die every day from abortion. Call this what you will—when the slaughter has an ethnic face and the percentages are double that of the white community and the killers are almost all white, something is going on here that ought to make the lovers of racial equality and racial harmony wake up.”

HR: So, lets say that I’m opposed to abortion but don’t really know what to do next, What are some ways I could get more involved in the debate?

Mike Spielman: The first thing is to not lose sleep over having to debate abortion. I do this full time and rarely find myself in a “debate”. Very few people give abortion much focused thought. Fewer still have a strong, factual foundation under them. Even a few minutes on the Abort73 site would make someone far more of an “expert” than the average joe on the street. If you do run up against a question or argument you don’t have an answer for, just admit your uncertainty and tell them you’ll get back to them. Chances are, it’s addressed somewhere on our website. If not, just send us an email. Abort73, through our shirts, pens, stickers, “10 Ways to Help…”, etc. has tried to create some very simple entry points for people to get involved right where there are–without having to completely reorient their life. There are all sorts of simple and manageable ways to introduce those around you to Abort73–whether you ever open your mouth or not: http://www.abort73.com/end_abortion/10_ways_you_can_help

tune in tomorrow for part two of our interview with Mike Spielman of abort73.com. If you want to learn more about abort73.com and how to get more involved click here.

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