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Since Spring, there’s been one consistent refrain in pro-life circles:


“Have you seen Unplanned yet?”


“You absolutely have to see Unplanned. It is life changing!”


“I saw Unplanned last week. Wow, it was amazing. Have you seen it?”


With Unplanned released to DVD last week, the refrain is again being echoed everywhere.


And yes, before you ask me again, I have seen Unplanned.


I cried during the abortion scenes with the rest of the theatre. I bristled at the corruption of Planned Parenthood. I cheered when Mike Lindel (cringe worthy as his cameo was) demolished Planned Parenthood’s sign.


People should certainly watch Unplanned. It’s a powerful film that exposes the grave injustice of abortion. But there’s the implicit idea that merely watching the film is an act of resistance.


You’ve watched Unplanned. Poof! You’re a pro-life activist.


Unplanned is especially subject to this “armchair activism” given just how much it makes you feel. The emotions felt watching the ultrasound abortion scene are so strong, that you can easily find satisfaction merely in your feelings.


Emotions are certainly a valuable element of the human experience, but they are not enough to sustain true conviction.


This week, Hillsong United guitarist announced on Instagram that he is “losing his Christian faith.” He cited several theological conundrums (Why are people damned? Why does scripture have contradictions?) that he could no longer reconcile with his Christian faith.


The questions are common accusations thrown up against Christianity, and they reflect a lack of a basic understanding of theology. Most Christians have worked through these questions by study of scripture and theology.


Hillsong United is famous (I’m tempted to put “infamous) for their sentimental lyrics that stir their audiences to a kind of emotional intoxication. Of course, emotion in worship can be a good thing. But if your only connection to religion is emotion, then the house is truly built on sand.


The same is true for the pro-life movement. If we merely watch Unplanned, let ourselves be stirred by the strong emotions it elicits, but, drying our tears, continue purchasing overpriced lattes and binging on Netflix with only a passing thought to the evil of abortion, then we needn’t have bothered. Our "commitment" is not strong enough. We could have just as well watched a fictionalized version of injustice like The Hunger Games or even Avenger’s Engdame.


Our emotions at visceral depictions of injustice should drive us to action. As stated above, emotions are valuable. Use them. Use them as fuel to change the world.


So, don’t just watch Unplanned.


Watch Unplanned and do something. Educate yourself on pro-life issues so your conviction stands on more than mere emotion. Pray at your local abortion clinic. Become a sidewalk counselor. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource center. Pray every day to end abortion.


When Abby saw the truth, she left her job at Planned Parenthood, became a pro-life activist, and started a non-profit, And Then There Were None, devoted to freeing other workers from the abortion industry.


What will you do?

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We're highlighting how mom's are supported in our community and how our moms support us!  Help us to celebrate moms by sharing one way your mom has supported you.

To share your testimony, click here.


Aileen

When I was six and wanted to be a shepherd...she spent hours stenciling baby sheep around the walls of my bedroom.

When I succeeded in my campaign to go to “real school”, but cried every morning from separation anxiety… she bought me a beanie baby every week that I “could go without tears”.

When I loved Harry Potter...she wrote a Hogwarts acceptance letter and tied it around a stuffed owl on my windowsill, to wake up to on my 11th birthday. When I won an award in college...she flew 850 miles to surprise me for the ceremony.

When I didn’t want to apply to SLP grad school… She listened to all the reasons I’d never be accepted, and told me to try anyway.

When I want to climb steep mountain cliffs with narrow footholds and precarious ladder rungs… she comes with me. ❤


Jackie

One of my favorite things about my mom was how supportive she was. I would often go to her for advice on life decisions and would frequently not take that advice (and looking back, she was usually right).


But no matter the decision I made, once it was made, she was 100% behind me. Traveling to help me paint my new office for a job she advised I didn't take, buying pets toys for a pet she suggested I was too busy for, writing letters to get donors to fund a trip I was taking.

She was always there, always helping, always encouraging, always loving.




Anna

  Putting us first, making meals, cleaning the house, homeschooling us, and somehow making it all look easy…

I don’t know how my mom did it. Now that I’m a mom, I’m beyond grateful for all of her advice and support as I raise my children.









Elizabeth

My Mom taught me what unconditional love is. As a child, I basked--and rested--obliviously secure--in the shelter of that love. Mom was my security and my peace. Did I love her? It was a question that never even crossed my mind. I simply took her love and protection for granted, like the air I breathed--never stopping to consider what it cost her. (I do recall thinking she was the most beautiful woman in the world, however!)

As I grew up, she watched, with few reprimands, as I made mistakes; some of them serious and hurtful. I am sure she recognized the stupidity of many of my actions and attitudes, but wisely recognized what she could and could not influence. Instead, she remained quietly available, ready to assist whenever and however she might. She never condemned; perhaps she recognized that certain actions have their own costly consequences, and that there is no corrective for the internal suffering that inevitably accompanies wrongdoing. Her role--still--was to be there to help ease such self-inflicted wounds. She was rarely sentimental. Just always, always available.

On a lighter note, Mom taught me the joy of reading, of escaping "reality" through the pages of a really good book. She helped foster the growth of my imagination and my love for literature long before I was aware that these were more than mere toys for my entertainment. And when I was eight years old, she very patiently taught me how to knit my first pot-holder. Those patient lessons, with many others to expand on them, gradually grew into a life-long hobby that we have shared, off and on, down the years.

Mom, you've put up with so much from us kids through the decades, including being taken for granite...ahem, I mean granted! There are simply no words or gestures that can begin to repay that. Thank you. I love you, Mom!


Ashley


She was the perfect example of a homemaker.






Katia


As I have gotten older, my mom has always made it a point to let me know she is proud of the woman I have become and that she loves me very much.



Monique

My mother has been such a support recently. I got pregnant this past September through rape, and I was in an emotional pit. My mother has been here for me through these tough times as I go through with the adoption process and the duration of my pregnancy. Without her I would be so lost. She let me back into her home and has been so understanding and loving and generous to me ever since. I don't think I could ever repay her for the kindness and unconditional love she has given me though the years, especially these past few months.



The Cut recently published an article “What you can do to help women in States with Extreme Abortion Bans”. The article seeks to offer ways to “advocate for the people these laws could impact”. What kind of support and advocacy do you offer for women who are seeking an abortion? According to The Cut, the only way to help women, is not to engage directly with the women, but to give money to abortion providers, volunteer at abortion clinics, and speak out in favor of abortion. These are not solutions to help women. These are solutions to help the abortion industry continue to make money.


I reject the notion that the only way to help women is to give money and time to abortion businesses. Women need more. Women deserve more. “Extreme” abortion bills necessitate extreme support for women. But the pro-life movement has been offering extreme support for women all along.


Here are real and practical ways to help women facing unplanned pregnancies.


1. Know about the help available. And share it. There are many wonderful resources nationally and in your local community that offer services for women and mothers. Learn who they are and what they do. Keep contact info on you and share with others who are seeking support. Here is a source to get your started: https://helpinyourarea.com.


2. Aid, without judgement, pregnant women or single parents. It takes a village to support each other. You are a member of that village. Engage in the lives of the people around you, your family, friends, co-workers, church members, etc. Imagine if everyone truly engaged and helped in the messiness of just one person; everyone would be supported (you included!) So, sacrifice some TV and FB scrolling time and offer it to the women in your life. Here are some suggestions on how to offer your time and support:


· Babysit free of charge for a single mom

· Make a meal for a new mom or take a mom and her family out to dinner

· Volunteer at a local pro-life pregnancy resource center

· Consider adoption

· Become a respite care home for foster parents

· Help/encourage a parent struggling with a kid at the store, restaurant, in church, etc.

· Incorporate giving into your routine- when you shop for the family, pick up 1 extra item and donate to a mom, local food pantry, or pregnancy resource center

· Be a safe place; be someone people can come to in crisis

· Donate money or items to a local pro-life pregnancy resource center

· Initiate a fundraiser at your school or church for a pro-life nonprofit


3. Advocate politically. There are still many social justice issues to be aware of. Educate yourself on these issues, research candidates’ positions, and vote for politicians that will support and uphold the dignity of life for children, women, and families. Here are some issues to consider learning more about:


· Child support protections

· Protections at work for pregnant women and mothers

· Increased penalties for domestic violence

· Increased funding for the foster system

· Reform of the adoption industry

· Making childcare more accessible


4. Implement pro-life policies at work. Are you a business owner or manager? You have the power, and responsibility, to foster a pro-life work environment and support mothers.


· Pay a living wage

· Offer paid paternity leave

· Provide a room for a mom that is breastfeeding to pump in private and comfort

· Be flexible with parents that need to stay home with a sick child or a mom with morning sickness.

· Offer time off for domestic violence victims

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