Answered: The Secret to Pro-life Outreach

Ten years of hard, determined and focused pro-life effort has given us insight as to what works and what doesn’t.

Success in pro-life terms is defined in different ways; funding cuts to abortion providers, education, lobbying, activism, social media outreach etc.  All are good and needed to battle the dominant culture that drives disrespect toward human life.

But what if someone wanted to know how they individually could make a real difference?  What is the shortcut, the hack or the secret to bypass the confusion and make an impact personally?

Here is the secret answered: define your terms and give.

Define your terms. 

“Pro-life” ultimately means the personal choice one makes to either parent or place for adoption instead of an abortion.  It is a choice of life over termination.  The loss of innocent life is the ultimate failure.  Therefore, it follows that the saving of an innocent life is the ultimate measure of success in the pro-life movement.   

Give. 

Give time, funds and importantly prayer.  Giving of your time and treasure to the organizations that directly serve women and families is the most effective way for you to take part in the pro-life movement.  It puts you on the frontlines and makes your contribution immediately felt in the lives of those living in your neighborhood where you live. 

Fifty dollars and a heartfelt prayer is absolutely the hack of all hacks to resolve the riddle of a consumer society inconvenienced by an ill-timed pregnancy.  A sacrifice that is financial, personal and spiritual cuts through the clutter and will strengthen hearts to embrace life…  We know because we have seen it work thousands of times!

To paraphrase a past president, JFK, “ask not what your pro-life movement can do for you; rather, ask what you can do for the pro-life movement“.  The secret to pro-life success is that you first define your terms and then you get involved with the nearest organization that serves women and families directly.

Options United was founded to directly assist these original warriors in the pro-life movement – the pregnancy centers.  It is our belief that by bolstering outreach to women as well as the pregnancy centers that serve them, we can encourage thousands to choose life. 

This has turned out to be true – we have under our belts 10 years assisting thousands with a decision for life: adoption or parenting!

We believe that more choices for life will eventually turn our country pro-life.  We believe personal, spiritual and sacrificial participation is more powerful than the materialism that surrounds this issue. 

Stay tuned for more news on new developments on this topic in the coming months.

Remembering the Gift of Sacrifice on Memorial Day

When Memorial Day approaches, most Americans tend to think of pool parties, barbecues, and enjoying the day off work. Those are all wonderful parts of our American culture – the joy in celebrating the occasions that make our country great. However, when I think of Memorial Day, one word comes to mind – sacrifice. The sacrifice of the soldiers who leave their homes to fight for our freedoms every day. The sacrifice of families who “hold down the fort” while their loved ones are away. The sacrifice of the men and women who never return home.

“The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. We ought, for so dear a stake, to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity.”
-Thomas Jefferson

This spirit of sacrifice is deeply ingrained in our American culture – an essential component of the American Dream. Sacrifice is also a defining characteristic of the One who saved us – Jesus Christ. Christianity is the only religion in which God reaches out to the people to save them, rather than the people trying to be “good enough” to reach God. To do this, God sent His Son as a faultless sacrificial lamb to die and free us from the chains of sin. Freedom requires the spilling of blood and is maintained by the pains of death.

Sacrifice, though not to the point of death, is also a precious trait of the pro-life movement. I’ve never known a group of people more dedicated to helping and serving complete strangers, even in the face of persecution. I’ve been spit on, yelled at, wished rape upon. And I know those of you who are also involved in this ministry have experienced the same and worse.

Though pro-lifers have been called merely “pro-birth” or “anti-women,” they are some of the most selfless, compassionate, and dedicated people I know. They reach out to women in crisis, not just to save the baby, but to save these parents from themselves. I’m deeply encouraged by those who’ve chosen to abort in the past and use their time and effort now to help others avoid that mistake – to evade the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of such a tragic decision. It’s not easy to be honest about a mistake like that. This sacrifice of pride reaps beautiful results in the lives of vulnerable men and women considering ending their unborn child’s life.

So this Memorial Day, enjoy your time with friends and family, but don’t forget to take a moment to recognize the incredible gift of sacrifice. We have the freedom to fight the injustice of abortion because of Jesus Christ and the people He’s emboldened to continuously defend our freedoms. In that spirit, every day is Memorial Day.