Dear Friend of Life:
I felt like you could hear the outcry from people of faith and conscience when New York legalized abortion until birth just two weeks ago.
Now …Rhode Island? …Vermont? …Virginia? …considering it?!
What is this madness?!
After talking to fellow leaders in the pro-life movement regarding where this is coming from, we think one thing is clear: They are furious at the progress we in the pro-life movement, together, have made. They know Roe v. Wade‘s days are numbered. And this is push back for all of our progress, for the day that Roe is overturned and sent back to the states.
Meanwhile, it alerted all of us to the fact that several states already had “abortion until birth” as the law in their jurisdiction! Those states (besides New York and Vermont) include Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, D.C., New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. Unbelievable.
All in all, no one summarized it better than my friend, Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson…
“We have watched, in horror, over the past two weeks as states like New York, Virginia, Rhode Island and Vermont are seeking to roll out the most depraved abortion policies we have ever seen. Aborting babies in the third trimester, allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, and even killing babies outside of the womb if they happen to survive an abortion.
To add insult to injury, the One World Tower in New York lights up pink as this insane law is passed …to what? …remind us of how many baby girls will be killed?
What can we do? We must fight with everything we have to defeat these dangerous bills …Please help us end this scourge.”
We at Sidewalk Advocates for Life are already planning an additional training in New York to help equip our Advocates in the Northeast to aptly reach out to later-term abortion clients. (Please pray for us as we finish off details!)
What’s interesting is that not even a lot of abortionists want to do abortions super late into pregnancy — as confirmed by Abby — so some of these laws may end up, largely, being symbolic. Still, it leaves room for the handful of doctors who do commit abortions late into pregnancy to open additional offices in these states that do not restrict abortion after the point of viability. In short, it will be interesting to watch how the landscape changes and if anyone updates their law as New York did.
What we must remember is this: There’s resounding agreement in the movement that we’re slowly winning this battle — ironically, New York is evidence of that. Sidewalk Advocates for Life continues to be at the darkest places in our communities, right where abortions are taking place, to offer help and hope. While we need to prepare ourselves for the unique set of circumstances that a later-term client often presents to us, we will not only continue doing what we’re doing, but working hard to expand our life-saving locations so that there’s no uncovered abortion facility in America!
You can partner with us at just $25/month to ensure we have the resources needed to re-train our Sidewalk Advocates every time a state updates their abortion law. To become a LIFE PARTNER and help this life-saving work grow, go to: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate
Thank you, dear friend, for your prayers and sacrificial support as we look to save lives and end abortion at any stage of pregnancy through the power of His love!
In Christ, for LIFE,
Sidewalk Advocates for Life