Dear Friend of Life:
Just over a week ago, Norma McCorvey — previously known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark abortion case, Roe v. Wade — passed away at the age of 69. She was laid to rest just this past weekend in the Houston area, surrounded by family and friends.
Even though she was the woman seeking a legal abortion in the case, ironically, she never had an abortion; her child was placed in a loving home through the gift of adoption.
Following the ruling in Roe, she, unfortunately, ended up working in the abortion industry. But as my friend Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life notes, it was whileshe was working at an abortion center that she experienced her conversion. Norma eventually rejected abortion and became a stanch pro-life advocate and follower of Christ. She later operated a small ministry called Roe No More.
It was the power of love, prayer, and peaceful outreach that won her over to the our side of the fence.
Interestingly, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the entire abortion industry seemed virtually silent as news of her passing made its way quickly into the mainstream media. Why? After all, wasn’t this their poster child for abortion rights?
In truth, the conversion of Norma McCorvey is bad publicity for the abortion industry. And that goes for the multitude of others who once worked to promote and sell abortion, came to the light of truth, and now, work to save lives — amazing advocates like Abby Johnson, Catherine Adair, Ramona Treviño, Sue Thayer, Jewels Green, and many others.
The abortion industry thrives in darkness. Former workers are their Achilles Heel because they reveal what goes on behind closed doors each and every day.
I’m proud to work in a ministry that is not only there for abortion-bound women and men, but the workers, too. After all, while we are there to save lives, we are also there to plant seeds to save souls. I cannot think of any more worthy endeavor than rescuing someone from the culture of death and witnessing to the new, abundant life waiting for them in Jesus Christ.
On the sidewalk, we refer all the workers we encounter to Abby Johnson’s abortion worker ministry, And Then There Were None, who are experts in helping workers leave the business without fear of exploitation. When a worker wants to leave, they provide free financial, spiritual, and legal help during their transition. (See more at abortionworker.com.) Since their inception, ATTWN has helped over 300 workers leave the business… and here’s the amazing thing: Over 70% of the workers coming to them say that they received info on ATTWN from someone on the sidewalk!
Since Sidewalk Advocates for Life began 2.5 years ago, 40 workers have left with the help of a Sidewalk Advocate!
Here’s a few tips we’ve gathered from Abby and her team that we utilize to help a worker out of the business…
1. Understand that while we know abortion is terribly wrong and no one should be working in the abortion business, so many workers have abortions in their past and are hurting; no doubt, many are trying to justify their past choice through their work. Understand that you are a sinner in a need of God’s grace, too, and the best way to start is with love.
2. Don’t immediately challenge a worker on why they are working there. Instead, start with a simple opening like, “Hi, how are you! I’m (name) with the peaceful sidewalk ministry. I’ll be out here praying for all the clients and workers inside! Anything I can pray for today?”
3. Aim to build a relationship over time — don’t overwhelm them with 20 questions all at once, but be friendly, kind, and invite a conversation from time to time. Periodically, mention abortionworker.com (you can either whisper the website or give abortion worker literature from ATTWN).
4. Begin and end dialogue with a smile. Just like with an abortion-minded client, be a safe place for a worker, too.
As always, if we can be a resource for you as you seek to love abortion workers out of the industry, please let us know!
Even as I write this, Sidewalk Advocates are building relationships with abortion workers all over the globe in an effort to love them out of the business. Please join me in a prayer today that we can add many, many more abortion workers to that 40 — and see many beautiful, glorious conversion stories like Norma McCorvey for an end to abortion and God’s glory!
In Christ, for Life,
Sidewalk Advocates for Life
BI-WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL (February 14 – 28, 2017): “The Answer is Love”
by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Verses: “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.” — John 15:16-17
Reflection: Many debate in the pro-life movement about the best tactic for ending abortion: Is it more political prowess? Media connections? The greatest advertising campaign or even, pooling the greatest amount of money or resources?
While these things can aid the battle for life, we must recognize that Jesus has already answered this question: it is LOVE. Love is what lead Christ to the cross to redeem all sin and death, and Love raised Him from the dead. Love is what heals relationships, transforms broken hearts and gives us the ability to persevere and do what’s right.
At the end of the day, the abortion decision rests with a mother — we recognize that she doesn’t have a moral right to take the life of her preborn child, but unfortunately, she does have the legal option to do so. Maybe the boyfriend left her, the family is pressuring her and she sees all of her future plans crumbling before her eyes; ironically, she may feel she has NO choice. The world keeps telling her that for $500, her biggest problem will be solved.
When we head out to the sidewalk to pray and love these mothers through faith-in-action, miracles can happen. In all of my time as a sidewalk counselor, I have never seen a mother change her mind because of a mere political or philosophical argument. But I can tell you about the countless number of times I’ve witnessed lives saved and hearts transformed because a peaceful person on the sidewalk was willing to pray and offer love and assistance without judgment to that mother-in-crisis.
We are called to bring His love and light out to the sidewalk, knowing that He can work miracles through us, if we let Him.
Faith Challenge: Grab a friend and go out to an abortion facility this week and peacefully pray, even if just for 15 minutes. Consider getting trained as a Sidewalk Advocate! See sidewalkadvocates.org/