This morning I will pray to end abortion, by standing at the front lines. I will be standing outside one of our local abortion centers in prayer.
I am not sure there is anything more sobering than to do that on any given day.
Surely, I will be there to protest what happens inside those walls. That is a given. But I continue to stand out there for several other reasons.
Here are but a few of the motivations for me to make the effort each week to pray outside an abortion center. I hope at least one of these convicts you to also stand outside your local abortion mill in prayer.
1. I STAND OUTSIDE THE ABORTION CENTER IN PROTEST OF THE MURDER OF UNBORN CHILDREN
To kill an innocent human being is immoral. To cause the death to a child is inhumane. However you look at it, abortion is an atrocious crime against humanity.
Some may counter saying the fetuses dying there are not persons worthy of our protection. On the contrary, we know they are human beings because they came from human parents, and they are growing.
2. I STAND OUTSIDE THE ABORTION CENTER TO OFFER HELP TO THE MOTHERS GOING INSIDE
There is a saying that when all you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. This holds true for abortion industry.
They do not truly care for the women going inside. They are there to collect the money in exchange for killing their child. They do not offer any support for her to help her out of circumstances that led her there. In fact, they hope they perpetuate, so that she keeps coming back. More dead babies just makes them more rich.
Contrast that to those of us trying to counsel from outside an abortion center. We offer the women referrals to crisis pregnancy centers, to OB-GYNs, and other assistance. If she needs diapers, formula, a crib, etc. then we can supply her with what she needs.
Here in Dallas we have available training to help her with independent living. We can help her to land a job, to find babysitting, or to just have someone attend her doctor’s appointments with her.
As Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests For Life says, no woman chooses abortion willingly. She chooses it precisely because she feels she has no other alternative.
That’s why we are out there. We stand outside the abortion centers to say there is an alternative, there is help.
Thankfully, hundreds of women respond to this invitation each year.
3. I STAND OUTSIDE THE ABORTION CENTER TO WITNESS TO THE WORKERS
As 40 Days For Life can attest, abortion workers do take notice of our peaceful, prayerful witness in front of their death camps.
In fact, over 100 workers have quit their jobs at abortion mills, as a result of 40 Days For Life campaigns around the world.
To get paid money to kill or to facilitate the killing of preborn children defies human conscience. Our presence outside their “place of business” is meant to remind them of this reality. It is a call for them to have a conscience.
Should any worker, or an abortionist himself or herself, decide to quit, we are not anxious to condemn them. Instead, we are prepared to refer them to places like And Then There Were None, so they can make the transition out of the abortion industry.
4. I STAND OUTSIDE THE ABORTION CENTER TO PLEAD FOR GOD’S MERCY
Over 3,500 babies are killed a day in the US alone. If that is not worthy of God’s wrath, nothing is.
For those of us who are Christian who stand out there, we recognize the gravity of this sin of our nation. We plead that God would have mercy on those carrying out the executions of the innocent babies, and for our country that permits this holocaust.
5. I STAND OUTSIDE THE ABORTION CENTER TO OFFER HOPE
Finally, I am there out of charity for my neighbors, especially those who made appointments there. I am there to let them know a better way to live remains possible. God has plans for their prosperity (Jeremiah 29:11).
In the end, everyone is searching for love. They want to be loved upon and to extend love to others. But love takes sacrifice. I am there to say to this hopeless world that such love can be experienced. But killing one’s own flesh and blood is not the means to obtain it. Trusting in God is everyone’s only hope.
In short, I pray to end abortion. I do so, at least weekly, by standing outside a local abortion center to see this firsthand. Won’t you do the same?
Okay, I would like to hear from my readers.
You saw several of my motivations for standing outside an abortion center, now what are yours?
And if you never have before, might you be willing to do so soon?
Please leave your thoughts below.