On January 22, 2019, New York passed the Reproductive Health Act. This act permits late-term abortions (abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy) if “the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” In other words, full-term babies can be terminated for any reason.
In the wake of New York’s Reproductive Health Act, each American has a responsibility: how will we respond to the changes in New York’s abortion laws? And what are our choices? Apathy. Celebration. Lament. Outrage. We have a myriad of ways we could speak out, and quite the selection of platforms to speak from.
What does this mean for those of us committed to promoting Abundant Life for all? It’s easy to unleash our hearts via social media, letting all the digital world know exactly how we feel, and then pat ourselves on the back for being an activist. But real change isn’t easy. Christ made it pretty clear that to love our neighbor is much weightier than a tweet.
Behind every abortion statistic is a woman to be loved, a father to be mentored, a family to be bolstered. These are real people, real children of God, with real needs. Yes, the way we vote is important, and so is the way we treat those whose lives are forever transformed by an unexpected pregnancy.
Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic is dedicated to walking alongside the women, men, and kids that seek our help. Sometimes that means an ultrasound and baby supplies, other times it means post-abortion counseling. Because of the support of community members like you, Lifeline is able to reduce the demand for abortion by caring for the needs of families. These families could be in a neighboring town, or right next door to you. Your support means real transformation for real people.
Be bold in standing up for the voiceless, both the born and unborn. That boldness may include political activism, but it should also always include tangible mercy for those in need. Laws may change, but Lifeline’s mission of “sharing compassion, changing lives” remains. Your prayer, volunteerism, and financial support make all the difference. Join us in our fight for Abundant Life, one life at a time.
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