Ten Challenges for the Pro-Life Movement

I received this in an e-mail earlier today.More information is at the bottom of the post:

As we gear up for next Tuesday’s March for Life in Washington DC, I (Rev. Thomas Euteneuer) offer this list of challenges to the pro-life movement in America. If we really wish to beat the abortion culture we have to mature as a movement. Thirty-five years of the same strategies and ideas have not gained us the victory we seek because the fight against the most pervasive spiritual evil that has ever entered the world can only be won on God’s terms. The pro-life movement has invested more in political and cultural change than in spiritual change. Let us not be afraid to fight Goliath’s weapons of mass destruction with the faith of David who came against the giant “in the name of the Lord of Hosts.” (1 Sam 17:45)

10. Recruit Hispanics and other minorities into the pro-life movement—while we march on Washington DC, the abortion industry is scheming more ways to get minority women into their killing centers and capitalize on their vulnerabilities as immigrants, legal or illegal. Every pro-life group needs to put Hispanic outreach on the agenda immediately so that their largely Catholic values and culture will not be paganized by the politics of death.

9. Reject politicians who believe in rape, incest, life-of-the-mother and fetal deformity “exceptions”—political candidates who believe that these “exceptions” are legitimate are really saying that it’s okay to kill some babies and save others. They are worse than false prophets; they are frauds who perpetuate the notion that we can adopt the values of the devil while still serving God. Vote pro-life, not pro-some-life.

8. Challenge the accepted notion that condoms and birth control reduce abortions—reverse that lie with the truth: namely, that birth control does not reduce abortions, it increases them. Why else would a society saturated by birth control still have 1.3 million abortions? Almost 60% of women who go into abortion clinics cite failed birth control as their reason for aborting. Remember that the same folks who sell abortion also sell birth control, and they’re making a killing.

7. Educate doctors that abortifacient birth control is chemical homicide—most physicians conveniently overlook the abortifacient nature of all chemical birth control methods. Doctors are complicit in the chemical deaths of millions of babies and need to be told that they will be held accountable before the Throne of God for every lethal prescription that bears their signatures. If you care about his or her soul, you will educate your doctor!

6. Boycott corporations and organizations that fund or promote abortion—the abortion industry lusts for public support of any kind. Businesses and organizations that fund the baby-killers need to be awakened, and rather sharply, by the pro-life conscience of our society. Companies that refuse to see abortion’s moral dimension must be made to feel—economically—that abortion is a really bad business decision. And don’t hide your light under a bushel basket: make a public witness, write a letter, stage a picket. Let others know that you dissent from the culture of death.

5. Go on the offensive against Planned Parenthood’s funding—abortion is not the only source of money for the Planned Parenthood baby-killers; they are awash with cash due to the profits from their “clinic business” (i.e., selling birth control and sterilizations) and senseless government funding for “family planning.” Pro-life groups not willing to cut off their funding stream for contraception will just continue to see the PP monster grow and will never effectively undermine the demand for abortion.

4. Embrace the embryonic stem cell and euthanasia issues with the same fervor as abortion—let’s not adopt the same logic as the pro-aborts who dismiss the pre-born child and the inconvenient handicapped person as “not viable” and look the other way when they are destroyed for profit, or worse, market them as material for extermination. Let’s recognize that our defense of life must remain rock solid through the entire life spectrum, no matter how small or vulnerable.

3. Remind the Christian churches—again—that abortion exists with their permission—history will judge the churches of Christ that were apathetic toward abortion more harshly than the churches of Germany during the 30s and 40s. Christians living in a free society aren’t being sent to gas chambers for speaking out, so we have no excuse. It has been said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in the face of a moral crisis, do nothing. Christians must know that we will be held accountable if we are silent and indifferent to the plight of Christ’s least brethren.

2. Fast for the conversion of abortion promoters—“Some demons are not driven out except by prayer and fasting,” said the Lord (Mt 17:21). A regular habit of tangible sacrifices for those most immersed in the grip of the abortion demon will erode the power of this evil. The Lord just needs an army of souls who are willing to embrace this practice—then astonishing results will abound. Why not go back to fasting or abstaining from meat on Fridays for this cause?

1. Get down on our knees and ask the one true Savior to end abortion—the pro-life movement needs to humbly admit that abortion is such a massive evil and so deeply rooted in our social fabric that no human power can eliminate it. While we need to vote for pro-life politicians, they are not our saviors. Abortion needs to be driven out by the spiritual authority of Christ’s church like an unclean spirit. Once the pro-life movement begins to seriously fight abortion in its spiritual dimension, we will see some real pro-life victories in politics and society. We can’t say that prayer hasn’t worked until it’s actually been tried.

Spirit & Life®
“The words I spoke to you are spirit and life.” (Jn 6:63)
Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 03, Number 03 | Friday, January 18, 2008



5 Responses

  1. Rev. Euteneuer,

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for speaking so boldly for truth. Sometimes it is hard for people to hear unadulterated truth, but it is something our morally relativistic culture needs.
    The one thing I disagree with you on is part of #9. I do agree that babies conceived out of horrific events like rape and incest are no less worthy of life than those conceived in love. Deuteronomy tells us that a child shall not be put to death for the sins of the father.
    However, I do hold the exception for life of the mother. Not because the child’s life is any less worthy than the mother’s, but because the baby can’t survive without the mother. In situations like ectopic pregnancy, cancer or other physical health hazards, many times both the mother and child will die if the baby is not removed (I hate to use such a callused word like “removed,” but I’m not sure how to say it). I have personally known sweet, God-fearing women who have been faced with this terrifying decision. One had an ectopic pregnancy and had to end her child’s life, or end up killing them both. One had aggressive cancer, and although no one would have blamed her for delivering her 21 week old baby in order to begin chemo, she chose to carry the child to the 32 week and then start chemo…a decision that may cost her everything.
    I believe our Creator gives us wisdom, discernment and grace to know what His will is in those situations. Our job as the body of Christ is to be His hands, feet and, sometimes, shoulder to cry on for those facing decisions I pray everyday I’ll never have to face.

    Truth in Love,

    Brit Nels

  2. Thank you Brit for the comment. I hope you will pass it along to Fr.Euteneuer at http://www.hli.org.

    Blessings to you Brit.

  3. Thank you for the sobering reminder of the times in which we live, Tim. And Brit, your comment was well said; a horrific experience for anyone to have to make a decision in. Certainly beyond the realm of a simple right vs. wrong statute, one which God must give clarity to in every individual situation.

    I sit here reminded that I’m able to write a simple comment on a blog because my mother chose life.


  4. Thanks CH, for the comment and the visit!

    Yes we are all fortunate here, in that our mothers chose life.

    Blessings to you.

  5. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment! I am fortunate enough to have never personally dealt with abortion. I can’t wait for my kids to get in school and tell their health teacher that the only 100% guaranteed way to not get pregnant is to abstain. What a concept!

    Thanks again,

    – mooney

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