Our Last March for Life in D.C.

This past Monday my wife and I attended the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. which is held on (or around) the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision.  Pro-lifers from around the country gather there to publicly put pressure on all three branches of the Federal government to end abortion in America.  The weather usually isn’t that great, but people still make the trek from the Mall to the steps of the Supreme Court building carrying the banners of the pro-life message.  Yet this will be the last year our family will participate in this event.

After taking a sober look at the situation of abortion in America, we’re now under the conviction that efforts at the national level to end abortion are a dismal failure.  Worse still, they’re a farce.  There’s a big difference between the genuine movement of pro-lifers who really want to end abortion versus the plethora of national “non-profit” organizations whose self-existence is their paramount concern.  We refer to the latter as the “pro-life industry.”  It’s a business.  Lobbying members of Congress is what they do.  They’re comfortable in their D.C. offices and have no real intention of ending abortion.  Roe v. Wade was the best thing that ever happened for them.

The commericalization of important causes is certainly nothing new and it’s definitely not unique to the pro-life movement.  Campaigning for a cause, no matter how righteous or just, can be exploited by people for financial or political gain.  Add to this the nationalization of the abortion issue itself and this is precisely why abortion is still a state-sanctioned practice in America almost 40 years after Roe v. Wade.  Yet this failed strategy continues to be the default position of most pr0-lifers who keep waiting (perhaps in vain) for a pro-life majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.  This is the proverbial brass ring which they always reach for but never grasp. 

Before we can even address issues in civil government, we must confront the painful reality that the church has failed miserably in leading on this issue.  Why haven’t congregations exercised church discipline against elected officials (who are church members) who promote abortion?  Why hasn’t the church as a whole spoken out against contraceptive methods which can work as abortifacients?  Why isn’t the sanctity of life and its protection not stressed in so many pulpits?  No change will happen at any level of government until there is a culture which will support it.  This explains the recent embarrassing failure in Mississippi to give unborn children legal personhood.

The “states’ rights” approach has been ridiculed by many within the pro-life community who see this as compromise.  Yet it is at the state level where most of the successes have been achieved.  While the people of Mississippi aren’t as pro-life as we would like, there’s something to be said for the fact that there is only one abortion clinic operating in the state today.  In my humble opinion, state and local efforts are the only effective way of ending abortion.  A general revival of federalism in recent years gives hope to the idea that more states may openly resist the Federal courts on the abortion issue.  We can only pray for such courage at the local level.

Next year, our family will indeed march on behalf of the pro-life cause.  But we’ll do it in Richmond instead of Washington.  After four decades, it’s clear that the Beltway elites will do nothing to end this holocaust.  They’re content to produce mere rhetoric and only minimal effort.  We’re often reminded to pray for our leaders in D.C., but let us remember as well to pray for our state/local leaders.  To put a spin on a popular slogan, we ought to pray globally and act locally.

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9 Responses to Our Last March for Life in D.C.

  1. vitaconsecrata says:

    I haven’t given the “propaganda” much thought.
    Your wife mentioned it to me and we were supposed to discuss further, but never got the chance to.
    I do feel though, that the march efforts are futile – especially since government leaders in power are not there to even hear our “cries”.
    Not to mention the lack of media coverage…

    • Hollie says:

      Congress is there during the March, that’s why its always held on a weekday (even if the actual memorial is on a weekend) and why we ‘march’ right by their offices.

  2. Andrea says:

    You are right. May God have mercy on our country and its leaders…and on a grassroots level the church can do more to support pregnant mothers considering abortions. Whatever happened to pastors preaching about self-control and abstinence? The “church” has failed miserably. With introspection we as individuals must consider what our role should be in the anti-abortion “movement.”

  3. Jeff says:

    “Why hasn’t the church as a whole spoken out against contraceptive methods which can work as abortifacients? ”

    The Catholic Church Says All forms of Contraceptive Methods are Wrong”

    Why did Portestants change thier view statrting in 1932 .

  4. Jeff says:

    It started then.

    Resolution On Abortion
    June 1971 Southern Baptist Convention St. Louis, Missouri

    WHEREAS, Christians in the American society today are faced with difficult decisions about abortion; and

    WHEREAS, Some advocate that there be no abortion legislation, thus making the decision a purely private matter between a woman and her doctor; and

    WHEREAS, Others advocate no legal abortion, or would permit abortion only if the life of the mother is threatened;

    Therefore, be it RESOLVED, that this Convention express the belief that society has a responsibility to affirm through the laws of the state a high view of the sanctity of human life, including fetal life, in order to protect those who cannot protect themselves; and

    Be it further RESOLVED, That we call upon Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother

    • Once again, how is this relevant to all Protestants today? In the first place, I’m not a Southern Baptist. I don’t see how this applies to me, my family, or the church I attend. Are there liberals in Baptist circles? Absolutely. There are liberals in Roman Catholic circles as well. And so quoting this to me makes about as much sense as me quoting something from Catholics for Free Choice to you.

      Second, it’s noteworthy that you’re digging up a quote from the SBC from the 1970s. Anyone who has followed church history in the 20th century knows that the SBC wasn’t all that doctrinally conservative back then. The Baptist Faith & Message from the year 2000, for example, is much more conservative than the SBC’s confessional statements from the 1960s. The SBC underwent a major doctrinal shift around the 1980s and suffice to say that a resolution like that wouldn’t have passed by that point…it certainly wouldn’t pass today.

      Ever heard of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky? It used to be packed to the brim with liberals. Look at its history and how its current president, Albert Mohler, went in there and cleaned house. And since we’re on the subject of academia, I find it interesting how liberal many Roman Catholic colleges and universities are today. Notre Dame just recently gave an honorary degree to the most pro-abortion President in American history.

      Third, you’re clearly ignorant on how the SBC operates. This is not a hierarchy in which all SBC affiliated churches must submit. What this represents is simply a reflection of the majority of the delegates who happened to be at the convention that year. It is not necessarily a reflection of every congregation within the SBC itself.

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  6. Dollie says:

    Good info. Lucky me I recently found your site by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve bookmarked it for later!

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