Why We Can't Stop Unveiling the Truth Behind Planned Parenthood
Over the past few weeks the abortion debate revitalized with the release of five videos by The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group. These videos describe the gruesome selling of aborted baby organs for research. As a mother of two girls and a little boy on the way, these videos hit a nerve with me. Currently, I am 15 weeks pregnant. The second video showed actual pictures of an aborted baby, who was the same gestational age as my own baby. I was saddened and sickened to realize the life I deem valuable and sacred some consider tissue and nothing more than research material. I was also faced with knowing how we, as women and followers of Christ, should respond to these videos.
First, we should get involved. I will admit, it is easy and tempting to read these stories, feel a sense of outrage, and then go about our daily lives. It is easier to vilify Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry instead of getting our hands and hearts involved in stopping them. Ladies, we have a voice (a very loud one), and we can and must use them. We can call our congressmen and senators to let them know where we stand. These men and women represent us, and they need to hear from every woman who stands on God’s word that life begins at conception (Ps. 139:13-16). We can also get involved in a crisis pregnancy center, and use our voice to counsel, comfort, and share Christ with the women who are scared and tempted to turn to abortion. These women need someone to listen to them and show them there is hope. And, we can pray for the leaders and workers who run the abortion clinics. Many times it is easier to stand on a street corner holding a sign and shouting at the abortionist instead of loving them and showing them the love of Jesus. The last few weeks we have seen the callousness of the abortionist, and it is tempting to believe they are without hope of ever changing. But, God is still the Redeemer, and He longs to give them eternal life. I want to be one who prays for that change to occur.
Second, we need to keep the conversation going. What do I mean by that statement? We don’t need to allow the conversation to end without addressing the flaws in Planned Parenthood’s argument. Since my husband is a college pastor, I get the opportunity to minister to college girls on a daily basis. These videos have opened up countless conversations on abortion, pro-life, and a woman’s right to choose. My pregnancy has also allowed me to talk to them about what I am feeling and experiencing as God grows this new life within me. Many of the pro-choice women have bought into the lie that a fetus (baby) inside a mother’s womb is nothing more than tissue. If it is only tissue, then it can be disposed of at any moment. However, I am quick to show them the ultrasound of my little boy at 12 weeks gestation. It’s amazing to see the look on their faces when that lump of “tissue” looks just like a baby who is born six months later. By Planned Parenthood’s own admission, these aborted babies are valuable. If they were not valuable and only a lump of tissue, then why is PP selling them to research companies? Ladies, we must be bold and not shy away from difficult conversations. We have truth and God’s Word on our side, so let’s use them.
Last, we must be a people of reconciliation. Paul reminds us of our task. “Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God’” (2 Cor. 5:18-20). Some of the most difficult conversations I have had are with women who had abortions. Actually, I have a good friend who had an abortion while she was in college. I’ve sat with her and cried as she relived that pain over and over again. Ladies, whether you realize it or not, there are women you know who have gone through an abortion and are now living with the painful consequences of their sin. Some are Christians and some are not followers of Christ. We must plead with these women to be reconciled to God. If they haven’t repented of that sin, we must show them that God is willing and waiting to forgive. Part of that healing can happen as they get involved with a post-abortion group. If there isn’t one in your town, check out Surrendering the Secret: Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion by Pat Layton. This is a great resource to give a post-abortive woman who needs to find healing and restoration from her past. Be willing to walk the long road of healing with her, and watch as God strengthens your compassion, grace, and faith.
Ladies, we need to stand up for the sanctity of all life. Please don’t get into your comfortable corner of Christianity and not confront the social and moral issues of our day. Yes, these types of conversations are difficult and uncomfortable. But, if we aren’t willing to stand up and be a voice for those who have no voice, then who will? I leave you with this truth from God’s Word:
“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” (Ps. 139:13-16 emphasis added).