January 14, 2020 | IFA Staff
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells a group of slanderous opponents, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25, NIV). This passage may often come to mind as a warning against division among fellow Christians, but today I am saying “Amen… may it be so!”
Last month the New York Times ran an article titled, “How a Divided Left Is Losing the Battle on Abortion.” As you can imagine, the Times piece reads in many ways as a lament and does not delve into what a base and bloody “procedure” abortion is. Still, I say, “Amen!” There are few more deadly, dark, and powerful fortresses of evil in our society. Let it fall!
The crux of the article is that the erosion of abortion “rights” are not simply due to what the writers seem to think of as sneaky political maneuvering of the far right. They point also to an abortion movement that became too comfortable with favor from executives like the Obama Administration and drifted into divided purpose and strategy.
The article points to a rift between Planned Parenthood, the behemoth of the abortion industry, and (what are portrayed as) struggling independent abortionists who do much of the dirty work in many communities with apparently little of the money. Planned Parenthood’s extreme disregard for human life and dignity, as well its focus on money, power, and politics, are well known to pro-life advocates. However, it is interesting to see smaller abortion groups similarly point out the sins of what one of them calls “the big pink elephant in the room.” This debate about power versus patients is rocking the pro-abortion alliance – a battle that surfaced in the messy firing of Planned Parenthood’s leader Leana Wen in July. Wen, who was in her post less than a year, apparently wasn’t sufficiently politically motivated like former president Cecile Richards. It shouldn’t be missed though that the Times journalists mention that the independent abortionists are for-profit businesses.
Is there a “good guy” in this dispute? No. Let us pray that forces of greed, pride, and division continue to bring down this house of darkness that has plagued our nation. May its strength not resurge.
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Let us also pray for light to shine within the walls of darkness. We shouldn’t forget the testimony of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director whose eyes were opened to the evil of abortion and has now become an invaluable pro-life voice as this year’s Unplanned movie attests (watch this spring’s IFA First Friday Prayer with Abby here.)
On that note, I was struck by a quote in the article from one abortion activist who is attempting to compete with true patient-serving pro-life pregnancy care centers. “If all we do as an organization is pay for abortions for low-income people, we are eugenicists,” she said. I’m not saying this woman has already turned to the light, but perhaps there is ray of hope that truth is shaking dungeons of lies and self-deception? Let us pray for such shaking in the spiritual realm that will bear fruit for a culture of life in the natural.
The March for Life is next week. We are asking you to intercede over this powerful national event, a demonstration in the nation’s capital that will display ever increasing strength and unity around the vision of a pro-life America.