June 6, 2012 (BryanKemper.com) - This last weekend the Troy, Ohio Strawberry festival had to move to downtown Troy because of work on one the two bridges over the river that divides the city. With the festival being set up downtown it put the Stand True office and missionary apartment right in the heart of the action.
On Saturday morning we got up early and set up a huge pro-life display across the front of our building. We had 5-foot tall banners of each stage of life development creating a 30-foot wide billboard across the front of the building. It was the perfect position as the most popular item of the Strawberry festival, the strawberry donuts, were being sold next door at the Elks Lodge (over 12,000 dozen donuts were sold).
Along with the life development display we had a literature table with fetal models set up on the sidewalk. As the thousands of festival-goers started to line up for their donuts we were excited by how many people stopped to read through all of the stages of life and really examine the pictures.
Immediately we noticed how the parents would walk their children down the line and explain to them how they developed in their mom’s womb. I saw hundreds of pregnant women excited to point out how far along they were and show everyone what their baby looked like. I want to emphasize that not one person proclaimed what stage their fetus was at, but what stage their baby was at.
We had also set up a table to sell water and lemonade to make a few dollars for the Stand True Summer Mission, and people were buying water and telling us to keep the change for the cause. Understand this is not a Christian festival and the crowd was just your typical community fair type crowd.
We were commenting to each other about how few negative comments we received over the two days we set up, which we could count on our fingers. The thing that stood out about the few negative comments we got each day was not what they said as much as who said it. Almost every negative comment came from an older woman or a man.
I watched, as parents of a college-age girl were frustrated because their daughter was excited about our display and very vocally pro-life. They were not happy when she put a donation into our jar. I could see the pain on the faces of a couple of women who were obviously post-abortive as they cursed us for having a display showing life. “Appalling, disgusting, sick”; these are just a few of the words I heard about the beautiful pictures of children developing in the womb.
One guy walked by making jokes about how we should kill lots of babies; his friends were obviously disturbed by his comments. I would not be surprised if this guy has paid for or taken part in pressuring a woman into an abortion.
I was honestly heartbroken as I watched these older women scoffing at what should be something we celebrate. I watched as a grandma was walking with her young granddaughter mumbling curses at us. I wonder how she can look at her beautiful grandchild and still support the killing of innocent children?
Some people try and argue that we saw this divide in age because are based in a small town in Ohio, but that is not the case. I wrote an article back in March about my trip to the March for Life in Brussels, Belgium and how I watched the same thing at the pro-choice march the day before. What I saw there was an aging crowd at the march for abortion and a majority youth crowd at the pro-life march.
Just a couple of years ago the head of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) wrote about how she was shocked when she exited a train in Washington, DC and noticed how young the hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers were at the annual March for Life.
The fact is, this generation is more pro-life then ever before and the pro-abortion forces are aging and less and less relevant. Twenty years ago when I wore a pro-life t-shirt on an airplane or in a mall I would get dirty looks or even be asked to turn it inside out or not wear it in certain businesses. Today when I wear my pro-life t-shirts I am constantly complimented and asked where I got the shirt.
Yes there are remnants of young women who have been lied to and made to think that the pro-life movement is waging a war on theml; however the true war is being waged on them by the very lie they are supporting. The abortion industry relies on the deception that pro-life is somehow an assault against the rights of a woman when the actual assault is the destruction of the gift of motherhood though abortion.
Women have been given the gift of being able to conceive, carry and give birth. The ironically named feminist movement has reversed that blessing into a curse and convinced so many that abortion is a gift. They were able to distort the beauty of life in the womb into a burden or disease that needed a cure. They blurred the line between healthcare and homicide and created an industry of death that rakes in billions of dollars on the blood of their own offspring.
Thankfully there are now young women who have stepped up and cried out and shined the light on the true war on women; young leaders who will reclaim the word feminist and tell women the truth about the beauty of motherhood. I am proud to stand side by side and work with some of the most amazing young women on the planet: Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, Kaitlin Martinez, Kristina Garza, Kristan Hawkins, Elizabeth McClung, Brandi Swendell, Kate Bryan, Elizabeth Hickson; I can go on and on with names of more heroes who are leading this new generation of pro-life women who will change the world.
A great example of a true hero to women is Lila Rose, who recently released videos showing Planned Parenthood coaching women on how to get a sex-selection abortion. While this infuriates most people, the aging and deceived abortion rights movement defends this as a woman’s right. Lila and her Live Action team are exposing these lies; they are showing the world that the selective killing of women is just another facet of the true war on women.
Just last week my wife gave birth to our seventh child and fourth girl. We joked about this child being our tiebreaker as we anxiously waited until her birth to know what sex she was going to be. The day she was born was the day that Live Action released the first video exposing the sex-selection scandal and it really hit home to me.
Coraline is not only a survivor of the abortion holocaust as she is one of seven children in an age when one in four are aborted, she is a survivor as little girls are being targeted for murder in order for families to have boys. It may not be as prevalent here in America as it is in China, but it is happening here also.
My oldest daughter turned 13-years-old a week before her younger sister was born. She is now a teenager. I look at her and pray for God to guide me as I try and raise her into a woman of the caliber of her mother and women like Lila and the rest of our young pro-life heroes I listed. I know it is because of the work of women like Kristen Hawkins and Kristina Garza that my daughter will have true feminist heroes to look up to. I know that seeing the example of a mother who embraces the gift of being a mom she will have a fighting chance of defeating the real war on women.
Please check out protectourgirls.com from Live Action
I may be a man and some may say that my voice or opinion does not matter in this battle. I say that as a true man I not only have the right to raise my voice, but I am obligated to take a stand. As a father I have a responsibility to not only raise my daughters to be heroes for future women but also to support and stand behind the true female heroes that are paving the way for my daughters.
Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are right, there is a war on woman. The problem is that they are only talking about it to cover up the fact that they are the true aggressor and enemy to women. Abortion kills thousands of women every single day in America alone and until this war is over and all women are protected, I will be in this battle fighting not just for my daughters but also for all daughters worldwide.
Reprinted with permission from BryanKemper.com.