In our last blog, we talked about the ways we’ve seen the pro-life movement change. In this post, we want to highlight the three most prominent ways the movement has changed.
The new pro-life movement is still all about saving the lives of unborn babies. That hasn’t changed at all. But the new movement has other goals as well. For one, we want to help the mother of the baby too. And we don’t stop there.
We want to see whole families saved from the physical, emotional, and spiritual turmoil and darkness that abortion brings with it.
God calls His children to love those who are in need. We answer this by supporting each family member in very practical ways as we share with them the love and grace of Jesus.
The new pro-life movement has very different methods as we seek to save babies, their mothers, and families. In the past, women who’ve considered abortion were attacked and abortion-industry workers were vilified. They were seen as the enemy.
But the movement has changed and it does not promote direct personal attacks.
New pro-lifers no longer view them as the enemy, but as captives of the enemy. And we want to help them break free from their captivity.
We’re thrilled to partner with several organizations that exemplify what it looks like to not attack or vilify abortion-minded women or abortion-industry workers.
One of these organizations is And Then There Were None, which seeks to help abortion workers leave their abortion-industry jobs and find work in other places. Their Founder/President Abby Johnson, is a former abortion clinic director herself. She started And Then There Were None to help other abortion-industry workers find the same freedom and life that she did.
These methods don’t involve protesting or picketing. New pro-lifers see protesting as counterproductive and a poor use of time and energy. You’ll still find us outside of clinics, but it’s not to protest. It’s to build relationships with abortion-vulnerable women and offer them free pregnancy-support services.
New pro-lifers use our energy and resources not to protest and picket, but to build relationships with women who are in crisis pregnancies so we can support them.
We’re thrilled to partner with exemplary pregnancy centers all over the nation who are building relationships with women so they can support them rather than protest at them.
One great example of support replacing protest is Sidewalk Advocates for Life, whose goal is “To train, equip, and support local communities across the United States and the world in “sidewalk advocacy”: to be the hands and feet of Christ, offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to all present at the abortion center, thereby eliminating demand and ending abortion.”
We aren’t defined by political solutions. We’re thankful for our political leaders who protect the unborn, but we’re not defined by political action. We’re defined by our love and service. The abortion law must be overturned. But we know it’s not possible to legislate people’s hearts—and we’re all about reaching and changing people’s hearts. We’re also concerned that abortion has become such a politicized issue. Why are we concerned? Because politics has overshadowed the love and compassion that we want to be the defining qualities of our movement.
New pro-lifers avoid politicizing the issue, but instead define the movement by loving and serving women (and families) who are in crisis-pregnancy situations.
We’re thrilled to partner with exemplary organizations who have avoided politicizing the issue and have engaged in serving women in practical ways.
One is Human Coalition, who seeks to “Activate local strategies to end abortion city by city through their own Women’s Care Clinics, a coalition of churches, and life-affirming community resources.”
These new methods, (outlined at the end of our last blog) are driven by a new set of pro-life values. In fact, the new values are at the center of the new movement. They’ve changed everything about what we do.
And how we do it.
Because of this change – we invite you to join us as we help change the pro-life and pregnancy center movements to incorporate innovation, creativity, and new ideas to promote a culture of life in the United States.