Posts Tagged ‘March for Life’
by Nicole Cooley
As part-time staff for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), I knew Molech would appear at the March for Life (MFL) this year. Marching with my oldest sons and pro-life friends from church, CBR’s latest MFL exhibit assaulted our eyes and our ears like nothing I’d ever experienced.
Unlike my CBR colleagues, I didn’t know what to expect. I was unprepared for the horrific Molech exhibit, just like everybody else. We had no idea what we were marching into.
Combined sign panels produced an image of a priest of Molech holding two screaming babies about to be placed in the outstretched, red hot arms and hands of the huge brass idol. The image was 12 feet high and 24 feet wide. I saw an aborted baby’s hand, blinked, and read the words, “Abortion is Child Sacrifice.” Then, another larger-than-life portrait, this one depicting Satan. This image was 15 feet high. My eyes looked away after a brief glance. Meanwhile, my ears recoiled from the sound of babies crying from CBR’s speakers on both ends of the exhibit.
A short time later, CBR’s Maggie Egger interviewed me on camera. She asked, “Is abortion child sacrifice?” My answer flowed easily, recapping my personal history of rape and abortion, and for the first time making the connection, with my own words, that I had sacrificed my child in order to be healed from rape. Believing a lie from my pastor who urged me to abort, I learned the hard way that abortion would not help me heal, but would compound the trauma and make healing infinitely more difficult.
In the days following the March, I rapidly struggled to make sense of it all. Perhaps more so than most, because Facebook acquaintances demanded an explanation, one that I didn’t have at first. In the early hours of Sunday morning, God woke me with the thought, “You have now marched to the altar of Molech.”
After searching the Scripture for references to Molech, and finding an article by Gregg Cunningham on the topic of child sacrifice, I began to understand. Had CBR not assaulted me, I doubt I would have ever done so otherwise. Even with the fourteen revisions of Gregg’s article in my email archives, nothing had compelled me to dig further until the MFL.
As a result of marching to Molech, I now have a deeper understanding of abortion as Biblical child sacrifice. I do not relish the path to this insight; I’m ashamed it took that much to make me want to really study Biblical child sacrifice for myself. I previously knew about Biblical child sacrifice on an intellectual level. Now my heart understood as well.
Consider this: Simon Sebag Montefiore, international best-selling author of the history text Jerusalem, says:
Most dreadful of all, … [Manasseh] encouraged the sacrifice of children at the roaster — the Tophet — in the Valley of Hinnom, south of the city [of Jerusalem]. Indeed “he made his own pass through the fire….” Children were said to be taken there as priests beat drums to hide the shrieks of the victims from their parents. (Vintage Books, 2011, p. 44)
Those of us who participated in the MFL this year have now seen Scripture revealed as plainly as possible.
God’s people in the Old Testament eventually tore down the altars to Molech at Tobeth (2 Kings 23:10). It’s far past time for His people in the United States to do the same to our altars to Molech, most notably our largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Instead of trying to justify their existence through Planned Parenthood’s imaginary “good” services, it’s time to tear them down once and for all. Eliminating over half a billion dollars in federal funding will be a great start towards that goal.
I’m told the MFL is supposed to be a celebration of life instead of a funeral for the lost. The other side doesn’t fear our celebration of life. They do fear our real mourning for the over 58 million lives lost to abortion, because that passion could mean their own demise. Which view would motivate pro-life people more to make a difference in the coming year for life?
Nicole Cooley is a CBR Project Director and a FAB contributor.
Guest column by Jonathan Darnel, Project Director for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) Maryland Operations. This originally appeared as an online comment to a piece by Gerald Nadal on LifeSiteNews.com. Dr. Nadal’s piece was in response to a hit piece against the pro-life movement written by Elizabeth Jahr.
Does the March for Life advance or impede the Pro Life Movement?
by Jonathan Darnel
I’m afraid neither Ms. Jahr nor Mr. Nadal is right. Mr. Nadal has adequately refuted Ms. Jahr in this article, but his belief that the March for Life (MFL) motivates pro-lifers to fight abortion is false. Rather, the MFL convinces most pro-lifers that all they need to do is march once a year, and spend the rest of the year pursuing their normal lives.
Don’t believe me? I can prove it. According to Mr. Nadal, last year’s MFL attracted 600,000 marchers. According to AbortionDocs.com, there are fewer than 800 abortion clinics in America. Do the arithmetic: 600,000 pro-life marchers divided by 800 abortion clinics equals 750 marches per clinic. Tell me, are there 750 people targeting each abortion clinic in America? Are there even 100? What is the average number of people you see standing outside an abortion clinic on a Saturday morning?
Ask any random pro-life person what they are doing to end abortion and you will hear them say, “I pray, I vote, and I attend the MFL.” Maybe their church gives a pittance to a nearby crisis pregnancy center. This is the sum of their dedication. And they think it’s enough? Outrageous! I know plenty of abortion clinics located mere blocks from a Christian church or high school, and nobody seems to notice or care. It’s the same for both Catholic and Protestant churches. It is absolutely terrible.
Instead of one large march which gets zero media coverage, we should be conducting thousands of local marches, and maintaining persistent, year-long vigils outside very clinic, every abortionist’s home, every government building, every college campus, and every busy city intersection. As long as we can do more, we should. Few of life’s pursuits are more important than ending this wicked Holocaust.
When I attend the MFL, I go there with large banners decrying Christian apathy and calling on marchers to get serious or go home. Marching once a year is not enough. It is an insult to the lives we supposedly are there to defend.
CBR Maryland has launched a new project called Run2TheBattle (link here), which aims to help Christians realize that marching once a year is not enough to end the abortion holocaust, and that kids are dying because barely anyone is fighting to save them. Several other groups around the country are also doing this. It’s about time. 40 years of apathy is just too long.
On January 25 our Georgia Project Director, Lincoln Brandenburg spoke at the 2013 Chattahoochee Valley March for Life in Columbus, GA, noting the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Hundreds attended, and we gave out 1,500 “Choice” cards, each of which features a graphic abortion photo. A “Choice” cards in your wallet is an excellent tool for changing minds by simply showing people the truth! The following are excerpts from his speech.
Forty years is a long time. Too long. And those of you who have given of your time and resources to save lives and to end the killing may be wondering, “Have we made progress?”
Many of you are familiar with the legendary human rights activist William Wilberforce who, in the early 1800’s, led the movement to abolish slavery in the United Kingdom. That campaign was an uphill battle. Slavery, like abortion, was as profitable and invisible as it was cruel and horrifying. But awareness was raised. Abolition bills were introduced, failed, and introduced again year after year. Incremental progress was made over the decades.
Finally, his old and broken body failing, Wilberforce received word that the votes and support were in place, and that legalized slavery in the British Empire would, at long last, come to an end. Three days after receiving this wonderful news, a tired Wilberforce went home to his Savior.
I’m telling you this story, pro-life friend, because it took Wilberforce and his team not forty, but nearly fifty years to accomplish justice. Fifty years of toil and labor, small victories, heavy defeats, and the ridicule of being misunderstood by friend and foe alike.
Though it has been a long journey for us also, we will not give up, because the lives of those precious little ones and the hearts of their mothers are worth fighting for! So stay in the fight, my friend.
I have one more story to tell. This is for friends who are pro-life, but not yet active in this work of saving lives.
In May 1940, German forces attacked Holland. The following years of occupation brought a gradual fulfillment of Nazi policies, resulting in the dehumanization of Jews. There were severe criminal penalties for any who would aid, abet, or harbor them. But that did not stop some. Casper ten Boom was an elderly watchmaker who, along with his two grown daughters, lived out their professed Christianity by risking their lives to hide Jews in their own home and guide them to safety.
A Jewish mother and her baby came to them for refuge. As they sought to find a safe place for them, the ten Booms asked a country pastor if he would take this family in.
Sadly, what this s0-called “minister” of the gospel gave them was not help, but cowardly excuses. “No. Definitely not. We could lose our lives for that Jewish child.”
Upon hearing that, Casper picked up the baby, holding him tenderly, and responded “You say we could lose our lives for this child? I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family.”
Eventually, the Germans found this family out. They were shipped to concentration camps, and Casper ten Boom, being sick and elderly, did indeed lose his life for saving the lives of others. But unlike that pastor, he stood before God as one who could give a good account of his stewardship during a dark time in history.
You and I are also living in a time in history during which innocent lives are being snuffed out. But we have it much easier. Unlike the ten Booms, we do not have to keep our efforts hidden. We still have the freedom to peacefully stand up for these children whom our government won’t protect. How much more readily should we do so, given the comparable ease of our task? Friends, change will not come about by us wishing it away. It will not come about by thinking pro-life thoughts. It will not come about by going to a march one day a year and then staying at home for all the rest.
In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
If Simcha Fisher shows up today for the March for Life in DC, she’ll be sorely disappointed when she passes E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse on Constitution Avenue. That’s where we will be with our billboard-sized photos of aborted babies. In her blog at the National Catholic Register, Ms. Fisher advanced “Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Abortion Images at the March for Life.” We beg to differ. Read her blog here. Below, FAB resonds to each of her assertions.
There will be children at the march. First of all, children as young as nine do become pregnant and they do get abortions (we have press clippings to prove it). In America, a school nurse can take a pregnant child out of class and to a judge who can certify that this little girl is sufficiently mature to make an abortion decision behind her parents’ backs. It happens all the time.
Even parents who don’t allow their children to watch violence on television often take them to the grocery store, where check-out lines are flanked with magazine covers depicting dead and dying victims of violence, terrorism, natural disasters, etc., some of them as gruesome as anything we use. They have been seen by countless children whose clueless parents never even noticed.
We have had countless women tell us that nothing less shocking than our abortion photos would have sufficed to dissuade them from killing their children. So we have to ask ourselves, “Which is worse, children being upset by a picture of abortion or other children being killed by the act of abortion?”
When Christians complain, we ask “Would Jesus use bloody pictures to show people the result of sin?” Jesus controlled every aspect of his capture, trial, and execution. He arranged to have Himself beaten so badly, He didn’t even look human (Isaiah 52:14). His beard was torn off of his face (Isaiah 50:6). In this condition, He walked through the most crowed part of Jerusalem on the most crowded day of the year. His bloody body horrified throngs of Passover pilgrims, including large numbers of young children.
He made this disturbing spectacle as public as possible, because he wanted to disturb us with the gravity of our sin (but also bless us with the grace of His forgiveness), despite the fact that many children would be traumatized in the process. Did He get this wrong?
There will be post-abortive women at the March. If there are post-abortive women all around us, there are also pre-abortive women around us. And with as many high-school students as come to the March for Life by the busload, you can bet there are pre-abortive women (and men) in the crowd. The most compassionate thing we can do for pre-abortive women (and men) is to show them the truth so that abortion is no longer a temptation.
Furthermore, the history of social reform demonstrates that we can never end abortion by covering it up. So we have to ask ourselves, “Which is worse, women feeling sorrow over past abortions, or the killing never ends?”
Mothers will be there. Yes, mothers will be at the March for Life with their children. We will be on the left-hand side of the parade route. There is ample opportunity for parents to redirect their children’s attention away from the display. Parents do it all the time.
Other parents don’t try to hide uncomfortable truth from their children. They use our pictures as a teaching moment, so that their children will know the truth and will not be entrapped by the twin evils of complicity and complacency.
Those are real babies. At the Holocaust museum and in any book on the Holocaust, you will see pictures of dead people, and those people are very real. Their bodies are stacked up like chord wood. Victims of injustice want their plight to be known, and they want injustice to end. If it is wrong to show pictures of dead victims at the March for Life, it is equally wrong to show pictures of dead victims at the Holocaust Museum.
Public image matters, but changing minds matters even more. We don’t care what people think about us; we care about what they think about abortion. Civil rights activists actually wrote Dr. Martin Luther King a letter asking him not to come to Birmingham. They thought he might undo all the great progress they had made. They thought his methods were too confrontational. Maybe they thought his public image was bad for the civil rights movement.
But he went to Birmingham anyway. He got thrown in jail, and he used his time in jail to write his famous Letter From a Birmingham Jail, perhaps the most important document to emerge out of the Civil Rights Era. He wrote about the necessity to make people uncomfortable with the status quo. He said that civil rights moderates were more dangerous to the cause of civil rights than the Ku Klux Klan.
Abortion pictures do not push women into abortion. We have been told by many, many women that they had decided to abort their babies, but seeing our pictures changed their minds. We have never heard of any woman who said she had decided not to abort, but seeing our pictures caused her to change her mind and change her mind.
Pictures do not desensitize pro-lifers to the extent that they leave the movement. Yes, of course we who see the pictures every day don’t react with the same emotion as we used to. I’m sure that surgeons and emergency room doctors don’t react to blood with the same emotion that they felt when they first entered medical school. But so what? Does that make them less effective? Do they leave the profession? Are they less committed to saving lives? Does it make them think that death is not such a big deal?
What people see changes their minds. To say that pictures don’t force unwilling people to change their minds is simply not supportable by the facts. When Americans saw pictures of Black men and women being attacked with dogs and water cannons, certainly not all of them changed there minds about racial injustice. But enough did change their minds to bring about the needed reforms. When people see abortion photos, certainly not all of them change their minds. But many do. Ms. Fisher’s argument is not with us; her argument is with these — women who didn’t abort, people whose minds were changed, people who became more motivated to stand against abortion — and many others who have said that abortion pictures changed their minds.
Last resort? If people need to see the truth, as Ms. Fisher says, then why should we limit their exposure to once or twice per lifetime? Why? Did they broadcast video and publish photos of racial injustice only once or twice?
Finally, Ms. Fisher asserts that we should show abortion pictures only as a last resort. With more than 50 million dead in this country over 40 years, we have to ask, “If not now, then when?” I don’t know about Ms. Fisher, but if I am ever kidnapped and my captors are planning my execution, I hope that those who know of my plight won’t wait until I am dead before they decide it’s OK to use every tool in their toolbox to rescue me from death and save my life.
We are printing 30,000 “Choice” cards to hand out at the March for Life in DC. We need help passing them out. We are willing to pay your group a stipend to get it done.
The purpose of the cards is twofold:
- Give pro-lifers a tool they can use to explain abortion to their friends, neighbors, acquaintances … even the people sitting next to them on the plane. Photos make it clear what abortion is and does. Words are not enough.
- Encourage pro-lifers to learn more about our life-saving work by visiting our website and/or watching the video linked to the QR code on the front of the card.
You won’t get rich handing out cards, but it is a worthy project and we are glad to provide a stipend to help your group with travel expenses. We probably need about 10 people, beginning at about 10:00 am and continuing until all the cards are handed out. If you are attending one of the student rallies that precede the March, that would be a great crowd to work, so we could meet you with the cards earlier in the day.
Can your group help us? Please contact us here or call us at 865-609-9033.
Nicole Cooley testified about her story of rape and abortion on the steps of the US Supreme Court building at the 2012 March for Life. Nicole is the Virginia Project Director for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR).
A video of Nicole’s remarks is shown below. Here is the text:
I am here today because I deeply regret the abortion I had four weeks after being raped. There is no good reason to have an abortion. All the logical reasons fail to keep your heart from breaking when it’s over.
If, like me, you were raped, and you think you can’t bear nine months of pregnancy, I can tell you from experience the seventeen years of regret have been worse. I realized too late that my baby was a gift from a loving God who wanted to give me a purpose for my pain.
I want women facing this decision to know you can carry to term; you can choose the adoptive parents, and set your own terms, if you wish. You can live without the tears, the regret, and the nights of despair – or worse.
The abortion clinic I went to provided no verbal counseling and instead gave me a handful of papers with words I couldn’t read through my tears and shaking. The anesthesiologist told me, “It will be over soon.” She was wrong. The abortion was the beginning of the real nightmare for me.
I had no idea how the abortion would affect me. The abortion made healing from the rape infinitely more difficult by compounding the trauma. Before the abortion I cried daily. Afterwards, I shut down emotionally.
The rape and abortion made my life a living hell. I had nightmares beginning the night of the rape. Countless nights, I have woken up crying. The anguished tears I have cried are unlike any other despair I’ve ever experienced, including the death of close family members.
The rape and abortion crushed my spirit. Abortion robbed me not only of my joy, but also the essence of who I am by making me turn against my own child.
Since the rape and abortion, it has been very difficult for me to trust men. I am only married today because God sent me an incredibly gentle and patient man. I have difficulty trusting doctors. Annual exams are often stressful and painful. The subsequent births of my sons and daughter with my husband have been very difficult because of an unnatural fear of pregnancy and childbirth.
Abortion is not the answer for rape. It never was. But God is the answer for the pain. My faith in Jesus Christ has not only healed me, but given me the courage to speak out and provided a purpose to all that I have suffered. This is why I choose to be Silent No More!
Although he was always against abortion, Pierre told LifeSiteNews.com that the song arose in his heart after a guest at his high school showed his class images of children killed in abortion. His sentiments deepened after a visit to the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, where he said it was not the horrors of the slaughter itself, but the indifference of the surrounding communities, that shocked him most.
Full story here.
Do pro-lifers need to see abortion photos? We got a message just today from a 16-year-old student who lives in Washington DC. He came to the
AbortionNo.org website and wrote:
I saw these pictures at the March for Life in 2010. I saw the graphic pictures on the “Abortion No” posters, and my friends and I just stopped and stared, aghast. Later I came onto the website and watched the videos, and I have never been more passionate for change. I am only 16, but I hope I can do something to make this injustice known. I went back to the March for Life in 2011 and I am returning again this year in 2012. I resolve to go every year for the rest of my life until this injustice is eradicated, until this holocaust is over.
- neutralize the opposition,
- convert the neutral,
- activate the converted, and
- energize the active.
People always want to know if the pictures work. Here’s a message left on our AbortionNo.org website:
Yesterday I went to the March for Life 2011 in Washington DC. I live about 20 minutes outside of DC. I went with my high school. People told us we were crazy to go out for 5 hours in 20 degree weather, but I told them I wouldn’t miss it. At the March, I saw the abortionNO.com billboards and had to stop and look. My friends and I were aghast. … [Later, at home that night,] I remembered the posters from this website. I decided to take a look. That was about 2 and half hours ago. I looked at the pictures and watched the videos and read the mothers’ accounts of regret after the abortion. I am crying. In the past couple hours, I also started researching about President Obama’s views on abortion, about Planned Parenthood, and about the actual process of abortion. I have been reading many abortion articles by Michelle Malkin, and I just learned about the Philadelphia Horror. I JUST HEARD ABOUT IT. Something that awful and horrific, how could that not be top story on the news??? Reality TV stars get more airtime on the news than actual murder of babies. I am crying right now, at the injustice of it all! I watched the news last night to see if there would be coverage of the March. It got a one minute spot 40 minutes after the program started, after local news, some report about a reality TV star, and 2 weather reports. Where are our PRIORITIES??
I have spent a good deal of time on this website, at least 2 and half hours. I am reading all of the reports and looking at all of the pictures because right after I send this, I am writing a letter to my Congressman. I have never felt more inspired to take action after looking at this website.
I have always been ProLife, having been raised in a strong Catholic family, and having received a Catholic education. But ever since I began reading all this information and seeing all the pictures online today, I have never truly understood the injustice. I promise not to just be a prolife supporter now, I promise to be a prolife advocate. I will be a voice to those who cannot be heard. I may only be 15, but I will not stand for the absolute crap that is going on here. Thank you, THANK YOU, for opening my eyes to the reality of how bad abortion was.
Let me encourage you to attend a March for Life event this year.
National March for Life. The national March for Life will be held in Washington, DC on January 24. That’s where I’ll be, because I will be speaking at the Students for Life Annual Conference on the day before the March. I’m on a panel discussion on the pros and cons of showing graphic abortion photos. (Not sure which side I’ll end up taking.) CBR’s GAP exhibit will be on display alongside the march route.
Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee Right to Life, Knox County Chapter is holding their prayer service and march at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 23, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3200 Kingston Pike. Alan Williams, WVLT News Anchor, will be speaking. Should be awesome; sorry I’ll miss it. After a brief prayer service, marchers will walk 0.8 miles down Kingston Pike and Concord Street to Tyson Park. Shuttles will be available back to the church. It matters if you are there. Here’s the link.
Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, Georgia Right to Life will be holding their Together for Life Rally at 11:30 am, Friday, January 21, on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol. Rebecca Kiessling will be speaking. Here’s a bulletin insert for your church.
Send me your event and I’ll post it here.