Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion provider, is back-peddling. Ever since the Center For Medical Progress began releasing videos of PP national execs casually mentioning how to remove the body parts of an aborted baby without damaging them, they are desperately trying to save face.
This means that you and I have a responsibility to steward what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Despite evidence to the contrary, many still strive to cast Planned Parenthood in the light of being a champion for women’s rights and healthcare (as if I’m somehow against women’s rights and healthcare because I find God-given value in the life of an un-born baby). With the release of these videos many of us may have anticipated a quick and decisive crumbling of the abortion empire. But such may not be the case. 17th century politician William Wilberforce began working to abolish the slave trade in Britain in 1789. And despite the report of undercover investigations as well as the testimonies of former slave ship captains, slavery was not abolished in Britain until 1833, a good 44 years later. And do you know who the last segment of society was to finally get on board and agree? The British government. Now, I don’t say that to be discouraging. I’m hoping and praying for the swift downfall of Planned Parenthood. But I do say that to remind us that this will probably be an issue in which we need to be prepared to dig in our heels and fight for the long haul. And part of that fight is making the most of every opportunity we’ve been given. So, how do we steward this opportunity?
1. Support your local pro-life pregnancy center.
I’m personally thankful for the work of Crossroads Pregnancy Center here in Warsaw, MO. Becoming more familiar with their work has been key in helping me to see that they really are on the frontlines of this battle. The staff at pregnancy centers are the ones who will counsel many of these young ladies contemplating abortion. They also help out with numerous other needs, such as adoption resources, parenting classes, and even diapers.` So let’s begin by supporting these centers with our prayers, finances, and time.
2. Keep sharing posts like this one on facebook, twitter, and other social media.
We cannot allow ourselves to become complacent in the battle. When you find new statistics or evidence exposing the evil of Planned Parenthood or abortion in general, use the universal microphone social media has given you and put the truth out there for people to see. One resource that is particularly helpful is the Vitae Foundation.
3. Tactfully engage those who are on the fence.
When you meet someone who isn’t quite sure where they stand on this issue, especially in light of the videos, getting panicked that they don’t have the right answer (yet) and getting all red-faced is not going to be the best way to win them over. We have facts, we have resources, we have evidence. In other words, we have truth. With a sense of both compassion and conviction share this truth in such a way that they won’t be able to dismiss us as just another angry fundamentalist who doesn’t care about a woman’s right to choose.
4. Pray for hearts to be changed.
Putting prayer last on this list is not an indication that it is last in importance. Throughout this battle, let us be constantly in prayer for the hearts of the women who are considering having an abortion. In truth, this is where the battle ultimately lies. Do I want abortion to be made illegal? Of course. Do I want to see Planned Parenthood abolished? Absolutely. Just like William Wilberforce, I want to see a government who wakes up to the realization that it needs to legally stop this heinous moral evil. But until then, let’s pray that the Lord would work in women’s hearts in such a way that it might render organizations like Planned Parenthood irrelevant regardless.
As we continue to “dig in”, let these words from Proverbs 24: 11-12 provoke us to continue the fight…
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?