Years ago, a relief organization had a poster that asked the question, “How do you feed a billion hungry people?” The very thought of such immense needs is defeating, and could cause us to think, It’s impossible, so we shouldn’t even try. But the bottom of the poster showed a picture of a mother and child, along with three words: “One at a time.”
That’s how we can make a difference when it comes to abortion—one life at a time. Here are five ways you can get involved.
Become thoroughly informed. Know the facts so you can rehearse in advance the best responses to pro-choice arguments. Begin by reading all 12 sections of this Pro-Life 101 series. (Another great place to start is with the educational website Abort73.)
Make yourself aware of the need that unplanned pregnancy and abortion creates. When you give your time to learn about abortion, abstinence, adoption, and caring for needy women, you can pray for divine appointments where God can use you to make a difference in people’s lives.
Perhaps you and your family might have the opportunity to open your home to a pregnant woman who needs support and a place to live. Or perhaps you might be called to foster or adopt a child. Those are pro-life actions, and they do cumulatively make a difference, one person at a time.
Bring a Pro-Life Perspective
Give regular visibility to the issue of abortion in conversations and in places such as blogs and social media. Graciously challenge others to rethink their assumptions. Scripture says to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves (Proverbs 31:8–9).
One thing I encourage pro-lifers to realize are the vested interests, denial, and rationalization surrounding this issue. Many of the people you speak with have had abortions, recommended them, paid for them, or driven their girlfriend, wife, or daughter to get one. They have personal reasons for not wanting to believe abortion kills children. It’s vitally important that we approach subjects such as abortion in a Christlike manner, full of grace and truth (see John 1:14).
You can also talk to your children and grandchildren about the sanctity of life and the humanity of the unborn. By teaching and modeling a love for people and children of all ages, we can pass on a pro-life worldview to generations to come.
Support Pro-Life Ministries
You might consider spearheading a pro-life ministry in your church, or finding one in your area. You can donate time, money, equipment, clothes, and professional skills to pregnancy centers, adoption ministries, women’s homes, abstinence agencies, and right-to-life educational and political organizations and other pro-life groups. Perhaps you could mow their lawn, do their cleaning or plumbing, design a website for them, or fix their computers.
We can all offer our God-given resources to the Lord. Ask God to show you the unique ways He has for you to contribute to helping. He will use your skills and funds to make a difference. Ask yourself: “What has God given me? How can I use that to help touch lives?”
Years ago a friend of mine used his carpentry skills to remodel the house that became the pregnancy resource center in my hometown. This man, who’s as big as an NFL lineman, might not be the first choice to counsel a pregnant woman! But the work of his hands has had eternal impact on literally thousands of women and unborn children.
Intervene Outside an Abortion Clinic
Consider peacefully praying, holding signs, and sharing pro-life information, as well as the gospel, outside an abortion clinic.
Jennifer Mason, communications director for Personhood USA, writes,
I know this can sound intimidating, but it is the single most effective way to stop an abortion right before it is scheduled to happen. …Many [women] don’t realize that they have any other options, and just your presence can make a huge difference, and can even save a life!(i)
When people see you standing up for the rights of the unborn, those with hard hearts resent you. But those whose hearts are being softened by God’s Spirit are interested and may genuinely listen. They may be open not just when you talk about the unborn, but also when you talk about Christ.
Denny Hartford, director of Vital Signs Ministries, writes: “Does prayer at the abortion centers and sidewalk counseling matter? You better believe it! From testimonies received over the years (including from former abortionists), we are convinced that God is accomplishing great things by our peaceful, prayerful presence at the abortion clinics.”
Of course, it’s not that pro-lifers only pray and intervene, and don’t provide further follow-up or help for mothers who decide to keep their babies. The law of love will also motivate us to provide money, housing, baby clothes, adoption services, legal help, counseling, and a myriad of other forms of support to pregnant women.
Finally, pray regularly for pro-life ministries, churches, mothers, and babies. If the darkness of child-killing is to be overcome, it will require spiritual warfare, fought with humble and persistent prayer (Ephesians 6:10–20). Perhaps you might organize a prayer group of likeminded people in your community or at your church.
There have been some encouraging advancements on the pro-life front, including that the number of abortions in the United States has been steadily declining since the 1990s.[ii] I believe the pro-life movement, made up cumulatively of individuals giving of their time, resources, money, and efforts, are in a large part responsible for this decline.
Still, every day, on average, there are over 2,000 abortions performed in the U.S. There’s much work to be done—and the good news is that every one of us can do something. May we, in our hearts and actions, have mercy on the smallest and weakest of God’s precious children, and reach out in love and compassion to their mothers.
Jennifer Mason, “How you can make a difference today,” April 30, 2016, http://myemail.constantcontact.com/WHAT-YOU-CAN-DO.html?soid=1123998407992&aid=Ed_0OQ1sd4Y.
[ii] “U.S. Abortion Statistics,” Abort73, January 20, 2017, http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics.