Transforming hearts one pro-life meme at a time
February 18, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When she was only 14 years of age, God put Birgit Jones in a unique position to defend life. Her innocence was taken from her by a violent 16-year-old neighborhood boy and Birgit soon discovered she was pregnant.
This unthinkable experience occurred in the early 1970s as Roe v. Wade was being discussed in the courts. Rationalizations for abortion were considered, including the common one for cases of rape and incest. Birgit’s family saw no possible rationale for killing this innocent baby conceived in rape.
As Birgit writes on her blog, “And now it had hit home. Should a girl really carry her attacker’s child? For this irrevocably Catholic family there was only one answer, ‘yes’! After all, why punish the child for his father’s crime? Wouldn't that just create another victim? That child had committed no crime, had been convicted by no jury. To give him a death sentence would be the height of injustice.”
She gave birth to a beautiful blue-eyed baby boy and her parents lovingly welcomed him into their home, adopting him as one of their own children.
Birgit bravely pressed on in her life. She married her high school sweetheart her senior year, going on to graduate from college with a BA in Art. She and her husband went on to start a family soon after.
When her three children were still young, Birgit began having a desire to become actively involved in pro-life work. She wrote letters to the editor in her local newspaper and got noticed by people in the pro-life movement.
She was asked to be the first executive director of a local pro-life group in Owensboro, Kentucky but she refused, believing her season of life was to be at home with her children. They kept asking her and eventually, the time was right. Her dying mother was the greatest source of encouragement to her in deciding to take the position.
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As the years went by, Birgit continued to be an influential pro-life advocate in her community. Her children grew up and two of them have begun families of their own.
She fell in love with her grandchildren and began taking their pictures. She developed the idea of making the pictures into statements about life.
Thus, the idea for her pro-life memes was born. Says Birgit of the memes, “Abortion is not a pretty topic. But I’ve transformed the way I approach it to be much kinder and gentler. It’s more about the soft images, the beauty of life.”
She says she recognizes that abortion doesn’t have one identity but is multifaceted. “I try to win people through their hearts, through their feelings, through their motherhood, their grandmotherhood, and through their siblings,” she says.
Her memes have caught the attention of many on Facebook, Twitter and other social media as well as churches all over the country. Last year, Birgit was contacted by individuals wishing to showcase some of her memes on display boards at the back of their churches during 40 Days for Life. This idea inspired Birgit and she was granted permission to begin displaying memes at the back of churches in her diocese.
Birgit is happy to offer her memes on her Facebook page for free use to others. “It is the kind of craft that needs the appreciation of others in order to be spread,” she says.
When asked how others can use their abilities to spread a pro-life message, she says, “Let your passions and whatever gifts you’ve been given collaborate together and let the Holy Spirit inspire you.”
“Remember,” she adds, “the outcome belongs to God.”
See Birgit Jones’ pro-life memes on her Facebook page here.