This past Saturday morning, Ken and I stood in front of Planned Parenthood in Wichita, Kansas with about two hundred other people in a peaceful protest against the horrors that have been exposed recently about Planned Parenthood. Wichita’s protest was one of many across the country last weekend and although we’ve always been pro-life, we’ve never been so outspoken about it.
I don’t like to get political on social media. Facebook and Twitter, and even blogs aren’t usually the best place for such things to be discussed reasonably and in love. But this is an issue I simply can’t be quiet about any longer.
If you’ve watched even a few minutes of the Planned Parenthood videos, you know that—whether they were “heavily edited” or not—they have revealed an unspeakably dark side of this organization.
One of the protesters carried a sign with a William Wilberforce quote on it. That quote has stuck with me since we came home from the protest. It read, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
And that is why I can’t keep silent any longer. I have held my precious three- and four-pound niece and nephews, born far too early, in my arms, and I am privileged to know them as delightful adults today. I have prayed as our friends’ tiny grandson came into the world weighing one pound, twelve ounces…and this month he celebrated his first birthday, healthy and adorable.
I also know what it’s like to be unexpectedly and quite inconveniently pregnant when our other kids were 14, 10, and 8. Today that precious “baby” is one of the great joys and delights of our lives (and she and her husband will give us our seventh grandbaby in February).
I hope there will be other opportunities to join the protests, but there’s so much more we can be doing. Pray, first of all. For the women in desperate situations who’ve been duped into believing they have no other choice. For the innocent babies whose blood is being shed in numbers that make this another holocaust by any measure. Pray for eyes to be opened and truth to win out.
We need to be willing to put our money (and time and effort and passion) where our mouths are. We can’t just tell these women that killing their babies is wrong. They need to know that there’s real help and real hope…not just lip service. Can you volunteer at or donate to your local crisis pregnancy center? Babysit for an overwhelmed mom? Adopt a child? Foster parent? Volunteer at a homeless shelter or women’s shelter?
This is a difficult and divisive subject, but it’s too important to be “politically correct” about any longer. Lord help us know how to make a difference.
“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”