If you are pro-woman you should be pro-life

This is beautiful!

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The National March for Life in Washington DC unveiled their new logo this week in advance of the upcoming events marking the 41st anniversary of the legalization of abortion by the Supreme Court of the US. On the March for Life website Director Jeanne Monahan says this about the new look:

You’ll notice the new logo encompasses a mother and child. We march for moms and babies. Abortion not only snuffs out a life filled with potential, it harms a mother emotionally, psychologically and physically. We embrace every woman and child with hope for happier tomorrows.

Yes! Exactly the right note we need to strike again and again if we want to win the hearts of the young women most deeply vulnerable to abortion marketing and targeting.

I am not politically motivated in my work to help women recover from the detrimental spiritual impact of abortion. But as a citizen

Dripping faucet a metaphor for men and abortion

I went to NRB last week and met with some of the most prominent Christian broadcasters from the US and around the world. I had the chance to speak with Kay Arthur and June Hunt, and listen to Chip Ingram and Jack Graham. I’ll tell you a little more about meeting Maxim Maximov in a future post–a little closer to our departure for the mission to Perm, Russia.

But the reason I mention the big players is that I’m still most impressed by a student production called ‘a faucet drips’.

“A short film produced as a senior project at Northwestern College (St. Paul, MN) in Spring 2011. The story follows a young couple through the decision to abort an unplanned pregnancy and examines the results of relational passivity. Director Laura Hoffman. Producer Erin McGregor. Editor Mel Magnuson. Director of Photography Micah Murray. Starring Zach McClellan & Ashley Young.”

This is film is so heartbreakingly real. This is what abortion does to men. Tending to the details of the relationship is his responsibility and yet it seems to be unfolding completely outside his control. The emotional distancing he experiences allows him to tell himself that everything will be all right. Until it is much much too late.

I posted this story when the film was completed last year, and I share it again to offer congratulations to the young filmmakers for the screening at the NRB Showcase.

Please share this with others. Not only do these students deserve a wide audience for this accomplished work, but I haven’t seen any other film which shows the impact of abortion on the average guy who gets caught up in it. I thank God once more that He is the Lord of second chances–infinite chances to do the right thing now–and unmeasurable mercy.

When abortion is no choice at all

I remember the first time a nurse asked me a routine screening question about whether I was subject to domestic violence. A new law had been passed in my home state at the time, she explained, and the law was a way to help break the silence which so often keeps victims trapped in a cycle of abuse, denial, and shame. Thank God, I was able to say that I did not need support for that problem. But I recall that  I wondered how many women would admit to the need for help in the setting of a routine physician visit. I came to the conclusion that even aiding a few would be better than doing nothing at all.

I feel the same way about a protection being considered by the state of Wisconsin to ask women whether they are making the choice for abortion as a free choice or whether they feel they are being coerced. Yet, the Daily Cardinal reports that there is a pushback from representatives of a group called Young Progressives Issues, who somehow managed to miss the point entirely, claiming that this screening process limits a woman’s . . . reproductive freedom. 

If women are being coerced, as the research reported by Physicians for Life indicates, invoking reproductive rights is ludicrous at best. At its worst, feminist non-thought like this serves to enable threats, coercion, and violence against a woman at the most vulnerable time of her life–while she is carrying her young.

I’ve heard the stories firsthand from women who feared for their lives because they were pregnant–a phenomenon reported in 2005 by ABC News. The Associated Press reported almost ten years ago that women are most at-risk for homicide in America when they’re pregnant. This was also confirmed in Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health study in 2001. A 2004 Washington Post report was exhaustive and made for devastating reading–your heart will break thinking of how the families of these women must feel as we continue to debate such a basic need for public safety in the lives of women in America today.

Why are we still discussing the need to intervene? And if not us, who will hear their cry?

Year of the Pro-life woman?

Help me out.

I’m in the final stages of preparing a talk that I’ll present next month at the annual conference of Lutherans for Life  in Green Bay. My topic is Biblical womanhood. I speak from the perspective of a recovering feminist, which I say partly in jest because I was never a full-on feminist to begin with, although I bought into a lot of the grievance mentality and also found feminism a solace from being battered by male supremacy in the workplace.

But the current debate about pro-life politicians who happen to be women is fascinating, sparked by an OpEd in the New York Times declaring the Year of the Pro-Life Woman . The opinions have ranged as far as a video questioning if Sarah Palin is a woman!? This blog isn’t about politics, but I’d love your short answer to the question about whether a feminist can be pro-life. The most liberal feminists say the two positions cannot be reconciled. Feminists for Life is vilified as a front group for conservative causes, etc.

Have your views evolved?
Do you see a conflict in advocating for women and advocating for the life of the unborn child?
How do you define Biblical womanhood?
Which public woman best represents your worldview?