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Most people do not see clearly the evils of their own century

I came across this great article over at first things, that chronicles the work an undercover abortion activist. I was particularly moved by the following two quotes:

One cold, wet day in San Jose, California, I was stuck inside my childhood home, looking for a book to read. Because I was homeschooled, the daughter of passionate book lovers, and one of eight children, our home was full of books of all kinds. It was my goal, at the age of nine, to read all of them. On the bottom shelf of a bookcase, I found something called the Handbook on Abortion by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. Curious, I opened it. And there they were: pictures. In shock, I quickly shut the book and pushed it away. And then I opened it slowly and looked again. I was looking directly at the picture of a tiny child, maybe ten weeks old, with tiny arms and legs, who had been the victim of an abortion.

Right then I knew it was ugly and wrong. But over the next decade I grew in my understanding of the gravity and urgency of this holocaust of unborn children, of our duty to protect them, and of my desire to help.

When I was thirteen I wrote in my journal, “God, it’s time I actually do something about abortion.”

I found this quote so moving because I myself had such a moment in my life with abortion. For me it was the 2008 anniversary of roe vs. wade. I was walking to the Main library at ASU to study and I saw all these girls having a party. I read their shirts and they said “choice” on them. The most troubling thing I saw was a sign that said,” roe v. wade, never go back.” I went into the library and prayed, “lord whatever I have to do to never see such a sign again I’ll do.” That moment changed my life.

The second quote is as follows:

Most people do not see clearly the evils of their own century, their own age. It is the history makers, the revolutionaries, and the visionaries who identify the failings, injustices, and opportunities of their century and work tirelessly to address them.

Amen. Abortion is the most horrific injustice of our day. We have created a way to make money from, to have women pay to kill their children. Lord, forgive us.

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You Care About Me, Right?; An Open Letter to Abortion Advocates

[ TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PRO-CHOICE MOVEMENT ]

As a senior in college, becoming a mother was not a part of my agenda. My boyfriend and I had lofty dreams, goals, and aspirations. We were prepared planners who knew the importance of higher education and were grounded in the fact that we were going to become professionals first and parents later.

Statistical believers, we were devastated to find that we fell within the two percent margin in which the birth control pill does not in fact prevent unwanted pregnancy. Products of a generation groomed to feel more entitled than any group preceding us, we probably took the right to choose more casually than the pro-choice activists of the 1970s. In an era where the Roe vs. Wade decision is as normal to American 20-somethings as the desegregation of public schools, our reaction to the first positive pregnancy test was what you have been fighting for: “We have a choice to make.” In our situation, we chose abortion. Actually, my boyfriend chose abortion… and I agreed because, to be honest, I believed you.

At a time in my life when i thought everything was crushing down Around me, and I needed something to believe, I believed you—the people of the pro-choice movement. I believed you when you told me that I had the right to place a higher value on my life than that of my unborn child. I believed you when you told me that it would be safe. I believed you when you told me that it was only tissue. That it wasn’t a human yet. That it was only cells. I believed you when you said that it didn’t hurt. I believed you when you said that there is no such thing as post-abortion syndrome. I believed you when you told me that if I terminated my pregnancy, life would go back to normal, just the way it was before I ever conceived. Because that was my right, wasn’t it? And so I chose. I chose abortion—because I believed you. And less than a year later, I believed you again—when you advised that a medical abortion would be a more “natural” way to end my second unplanned pregnancy.

Initially feeling a sense of liberation and comfort in my right to choose, I was thankful for your efforts and grateful that you were so concerned for my freedom. However, now having gone through two abortion experiences, I can only conclude that many of you have never made the choice that I did. If you had, wouldn’t you have told me more… because you care about me, right? You would have told me about the way the clinic smells of blood and death. You would have told me that undergoing a surgical abortion would be the worst pain I would ever experience. You would have told me that you can hear and feel the tissue being ripped away and sucked out of your body, and that even years later I wouldn’t be able to stand the sound of a normal household vacuum cleaner. You would have told me that they make post-abortive patients leave out of the back door because they don’t want anyone coming in to know what someone looks like going out. You would have told me that the evil presence in those clinics feels so thick you could cut it with a knife. You would have told me that my uterus could be punctured.

You would not have told me that it is only tissue. You would not have told me it was only cells. If you, too, had taken Mifepristone and given birth to a six-week-old embryo, you would not have told me it was not yet a baby. You would have told me it had a brain and a heartbeat and was very much a child. You would know because you, like me, would have seen it. You would have held it and known immediately that what you just killed was, in fact, a baby… but by that time it would be too late to change your mind. You would have told me about the nightmares and the enormous sense of loss. You would have told me that my abortions would end any hope for my boyfriend and I to ever have a family together. And, because you care about me, I would like to think that if you had known, you would have told me that when your baby dies, a part of you dies right along with it. The choice to terminate the hope of one life actually terminates the hope of two, and no matter how hard I wanted things to go back to normal, they never would.

And so, supporters of the pro-choice movement, there is something you need to know. Although your fight for my right to choose legally granted me the ability to play god by taking two lives that weren’t mine to take, you forgot something. You forgot something very, very important. True, you found a way for me to legally take two lives. And you provided me with multiple ways to justify those deaths. But, unlike God, you forgot to find a way for me to allow the continuation of a life—in this case, mine.

You also need to know that i forgive you. I forgive you for being blind to His truth like I was. I forgive you for fighting for a right that we don’t deserve to have. I forgive you on behalf of myself, the more than 50 million aborted babies, and all the other women in the world who believed you as well. But I am asking you to please, as you’re fighting, know exactly what it is that you are fighting for.

Finding grace,

Lindsay 

Lindsay Lang Sherbondy graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2004 with a degree in Visual Communications. Lindsay currently works as an artist & designer in Rockford, IL. This is her abortion story.

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Interview with Mike Spielman of Abort73.com (part 3 of 3)

HR: hat has been the most encouraging part of running Abort73?

Mike Spielman: Being able to invest so many hours and so much creative energy into something I believe in– something with eternal significance.

HR: What has been the most discouraging part of your work?

Mike Spielman: The pace of my execution rarely keeps up with the pace of my ideas. That frustrates me to no end, but I’m starting to see the sanctifying potential afforded by this reality. If I’m the driving force of the ministry, then yes, lives will be lost if I don’t get things done. But if God is the driving force of the ministry, then I can (and must) rest in his timing–still working as hard as I can, but trusting him for the results, even if the process is slower than I’d like. Whenever I start thinking God needs me (or Abort73) to accomplish his purposes in this world, I get into trouble.

HR: If I wanted Abort73 to do an event at my campus or church, how would I go about making that happen?

Mike Spielman: My goal is to provide simple tools that will allow everyday students and ministry groups the opportunity to introduce their campus or community to Abort73–without having to bring in outsiders (like me). This is by far the most efficient way to operate. We’ve done a few regional events called Love the Least (lovetheleast.com), but we’re limited in how many we can do and where we can go. The Abort73 Campus Blitz  and student ministry tools  can be implemented at anytime and anyplace.

HR: Talk to me about what is new on abort73?

Mike Spielman: We’re working on some “Life Stories” booklets that I’m pretty excited about. Each one tells real-life stories of women who have gone through unplanned pregnancies. The first story ends in abortion, the second ends (begins?) in a failed abortion, and the third ends in adoption. As always, we’re paying lots of attention to packaging the message in the most accessible and engaging way possible. They should be great counseling resources for Pregnancy Care Centers or sidewalk counselors while also introducing the reader to Abort73.com.

Interview with Mike Spielman of Abort73.com (part 2 of 3)

HR: Could you walk me though Education Before Legislation? Why are you focused on education and why is this  better than just changing the laws?

Mike Spielman: I don’t say that education is better than changing the law, but I do say that  education on what abortion really is, is a necessary precursor to changing the law. For 35+ years, all manner of time and money have been poured into political, legislative efforts to change the law, but almost nothing has changed. Why? Because most Americans remain indifferent to abortion. Until more people have a clear understanding of what abortion actually is and does, they’re not going to make its elimination a political priority.

HR: You use some very graphic pictures at abort73, how do you answer critics who say that you shouldn’t use them?

Mike Spielman: Personally, it was the graphic images of everyday, first-trimester abortions that helped wake me up to the reality of abortion and motivate me to do something about it. Publicly, there is a long and established precedent for using graphic imagery to help educate people about injustice. Some evils are of such magnitude that words alone do not as effectively communicate the horror of the atrocity. Planned Parenthood is very pleased when graphic images of abortion are not part of the public debate.

HR: Talk to me about the T-shirts? Have they been an effective means of spreading the word?

Mike Spielman: We don’t advertise on billboards. We don’t advertise on buses or park benches. We don’t advertise on TV or radio. We advertise on T-shirts. On the one hand, it’s all we can afford; on the other hand, T-shirts take us places traditional advertising can’t go–particularly on high school and college campuses. We’ve sold tens of thousands of T-shirts and each one introduces new people to Abort73.com.

HR: You have abort73 pens; how are pens going to help stop abortion?

Mike Spielman: Every product in the Abort73 catalog has one end goal in mind: get people to visit Abort73.com. In other words, if the pens (or stickers or bags or shirts) don’t serve as a gateway to the website, they’re useless. There’s simply not enough real estate on these items to communicate anything substantive, but there is room for a website URL. People see it, scratch their heads and wonder, “What is Abort73.com?” That’s the question we’re trying to prompt, and that’s the question that ultimately gets people to the website. We’re working to eliminate abortion through education. We deliver that education through a website, and we get people to the website through everyday objects. That’s how a pen can help stop abortion.

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.

New Gallup Poll;More Americans Now Call Themselves Pro-life

A new Gallup poll has recorded the following:

Slightly more Americans call themselves “pro-life” than “pro-choice,” 47% vs. 45%, according to a May 3-6 Gallup poll. This is nearly identical to the 47% to 46% division found last July following a more strongly pro-life advantage of 51% to 42% last May.

 

Click here for all the nerdy graphs.

Read the Bill: Senate Bill Pays for Abortions at Community Health Centers

Here are two great articles that help you cut through all the spin flying around the health care bill that just passed. the first a very informative piece by John McCormack of the weekly standard is entitled,” read the bill.” the second is a FAQ over at first things (HT: Justin Taylor). In regard to the executive order all sides seem to be of the same mind.

National Right to Life Committee:

The executive order promised by President Obama was issued for political effect.  It changes nothing.  It does not correct any of the serious pro-abortion provisions in the bill.  The president cannot amend a bill by issuing an order, and the federal courts will enforce what the law says. 

Planned Parenthood:

“we are grateful that [the executive order] does not include the Stupak abortion ban.”

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