Guest commentary by Kortney Blythe
“Rise up, O God, and defend Your cause; remember how fools mock You all day long.” —Psalm 74:22â€¨â€¨
Abortion advocates hate peaceful, prayerful Christ-centered pro-life activities. They especially hate the Christians who frequent abortion mill sidewalks all across the nation. How infuriating it must be for them when they can’t use their usual rhetoric (calling pro-lifers angry, violent, woman-haters) because the pro-lifers outside abortion mills display the complete opposite.
All their talk of tolerance and acceptance goes out the window when dealing with kind families who love the women entering abortion mills by offering them alternatives. Those in favor of abortion respond to these effective, lifesaving campaigns in all sorts of devious ways. One is Planned Parenthood’s Pledge a Protester campaign. PP supporters pledge that for every pro-lifer present outside the abortion mill, they will give a donation. Of course, they think this will dissuade pro-lifers from coming to the mill, but no such luck. One pro-abortion blogger, who chronicles her experience as an abortion worker at Morgentaler Clinic in New Brunswick, Canada, said, “So this week, even though it was crappy, rainy cold weather, the protesters were out bright and early with their signs. WHAT IS THEIR GAME??”
Well, our game is protecting life. No amount of bad weather, scare tactics or persecution will stop us. You wouldn’t understand this because you’ve stereotyped pro-lifers as being uncaring, hateful misogynists. Another tactic recently employed by pro-abortion activists is defacing the very tame, diplomatic posters in New York City subways sponsored by Abortion Changes You. The posters have loving messages of hope, healing and understanding, yet are labeled “heinous” by abortion supporters.
It gets worse.
This past Good Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota, pro-lifers and abortion peddlers showed up outside the local Planned Parenthood. This pro-abortion video documents some of the protest. Those supporting PP showed their hardened hearts, calling what PP does a “fabulous service” and singing in favor of child killing to the tune of “Amazing Grace.”
One person noted, “We have a much friendlier, peppy side than they [the pro-lifers] do over there.” Well, of course you do. You’re celebrating death; the pro-lifers are mourning the millions of aborted children and scarred mothers and fathers.
Psalm 73:4-8, 12 says of the arrogant,
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression … This is what the wicked are like— always carefree, they increase in wealth.
“Reverend” Rebecca Turner of Faith Aloud, a proudly pro-abortion “religious” organization that claims to “promote reproductive justice through the moral power of religious and ethical communities,” recently responded to 40 Days for Life’s spring campaign with her own “40 Days of Prayer to Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.” Not sure to whom they are praying, but it’s definitely not the God of the Bible.
I won’t list all 40 of her “prayers.” Here are just a few, with my comments in parentheses and italics:
Day 6: Today we ask for blessings upon the women who pass through hostile protesters on their way into an abortion clinic. May they be shielded from physical and emotional harm from those who do not know them. (The real harm comes once they’re inside. Those “hostile” protesters are the ones attempting to shield the women and their babies from physical and emotional harm.)
Day 10: Today we pray for women who were joyfully expecting a child, but have learned that the pregnancy is not sustainable. (Pregnancy is not sustainable? You mean, the child is not “normal” by your standards? How did the "child" they're "joyfully expecting" suddenly lose humanity and become an unsustainable "pregnancy"?)
Day 13: Today we pray for the men in our lives, that they may offer their loving kindness and support for women's difficult decisions. (In other words, either ignore their protective instinct and passively accept their child being murdered, or keep their mouths shut.)
Day 18: Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women. (When dismembering children is called “sacred,” there is something very wrong with our world.)
Day 28: Today we pray for the women who travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion. May their determination be rewarded with spiritual strength. (May their determination to kill their children be rewarded? Why do they need spiritual strength if there is nothing spiritually warped about abortion?)
Day 36: Today we pray for the families we've chosen. May they know the blessing of choice. (Families we’ve chosen!? What if a family chooses to eliminate one of their teenagers? Ah, the blessing of choice.)
Day 38: Today we pray for a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving. (Yes, may everyone feel the calm and loving "cloud of gentleness" that accompanies babies being suctioned out of their mother’s wombs.)
They don’t stop at mocking God through pro-abortion prayers.
Another “religious institute” in favor of murdering the preborn released a special Mother’s Day handout for churches. They encourage churches to use it as a bulletin insert and do the responsive reading. Read the entire insert here. After decrying how women “needlessly” died from pregnancy-related complications, the handout promotes doubling the $12 billion our country already invests in “family planning.” Translation: more money for killing children.
The responsive reading is even more nauseating. First it goes through the obligatory thanking of mothers. Then the true agenda emerges: “We pray for a society in which pregnancy is freely chosen … We affirm the sanctity of life and the moral agency of women … We envision a world where … all children are wanted and loved … We celebrate the many ways that people create families and become mothers in our communities.”
There is so much wrong with these statements. First of all, we do live in a society where pregnancy is freely chosen. The choice is made when one decides to engage in sexual intercourse. Secondly, affirming the “sanctity of life” and “moral agency of women” should mean they are opposed to abortion. However, this is a deceptive attempt to mask an acceptance of abortion in church-friendly terms.
The worn argument about “a world where … all children are wanted and loved” has more recently decreased in usage, probably because abortion advocates realize that there are millions of loving families waiting to adopt. Thus, there are no unwanted, unloved children.
But also, isn’t the answer to unwanted, unloved children to want them and love them? Don’t we go to Africa and care for the unwanted, unloved AIDS orphans? The solution is not to kill them.
What should our response be to all this sacrilege?
Press on in the fight. Urge your pastor to speak out in opposition to these wolves in sheep’s clothing. Pray without ceasing. And remember what David wrote in Psalm 73:16-19 about those who mock God and His righteousness:
When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely You place them on slippery ground; You cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Pray that all those who mock the upright will repent, turn from their ways, and seek God and His offer of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Kortney Blythe is the chapters and street team coordinator for American Life League’s Rock for Life project, which brings the human personhood message to youth through music, education and human rights activism.