This year's speaker was Abby Johnson, who was a former Planned Parenthood Director but after witnessing an actual abortion, made a courageous choice in favor of life. She now travels across the country sharing her story and motivating others to speak out for the women and children being hurt and deceived by abortion.
I read Abby's book, Unplanned, and did a brief review in another blog post if you want to check that out. She has such an incredible story and I only wish I was able to be there to hear her speak last night. I was thrilled, however, to hear that close to 1,000 people were at the banquet to hear her amazing story. One of the things my Mom shared that Abby had said last night really stood out to me and it was this:
"I get choked up every time I say this but, think about your child, your grandchild, your niece or nephew and think about putting a price tag on that child. I can't even imagine putting a price tag on my own 4-year-old daughter. But Planned Parenthood does. It's about $450....that's the average cost of an abortion." -Abby
Friends....human life is priceless. Yet each day abortion devalues life. Every 21 seconds an unborn child is given a price tag but never given a chance. They are denied life. That means that every ten minutes, 28 babies die from an abortion. Over 50,000,000 unborn babies have been killed since the legalization of abortion in 1973. That is 42 times the number of men and women lost in the Civil, World, Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and continuing war on terrorism combined. Gone...will never exist again. I think we fail to realize how final and absolute abortion is. It permanently removes someone from existence. Abortion is terminal.
But it isn't simply abortion that is killing generations of children and hurting countless women. It is our apathy as a society. We aren't educating ourselves or each other about what abortion actually is and what it does to not only the unborn, but to women and families. We are allowing this injustice to continue by not standing up and speaking out. Our silence, our unresponsiveness is perpetuating the injustice.
Yes, abortion isn't fun to talk about. Sure, it may be uncomfortable to address. But it NEEDS to be talked about, it NEEDS to be addressed. Otherwise we will continue to live in a society where the value of human life is subjective. That is a dangerous mindset to have because where does the giving out of price tags end? We must establish that human life is invaluable from the moment that life begins to exist and therefor should be respected and protected at all stages of life.
So when does life begin you might be asking? Science (not religion) tells us that human life begins at the moment of fertilization. That is not a matter of opinion, it is a scientific fact. It would not become human if it weren't human already. Here is an objective, fact-based report without any religious or political overtones....just the scientific facts. I encourage you read it.
Read the scientific facts HERE: http://sfuhl.org/
“He who denies that human life begins with conception does not need to contend with religion, but science. To deny this certainty of biology is not to express a lack of faith, but a lack of basic knowledge of human genetics, something that is even known by the general public.” ~ Ecuadorian Federation of Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics, April 17, 2008
The abortion issue tends to get overshadowed by other agendas and if it appears to be prominently associated with a certain ideology then people often ignore the truth because they don't like where the message is coming from. But regardless of your beliefs the facts and logic is simple....
The pre-born are human beings.
Killing a human being is wrong.
Abortion kills a human being
Therefor, abortion is wrong.
I hope you will join the countless men and women who choose to stand boldly for life. To give real hope to women in need. And to share love and compassion with families all over the country and world. If you want to learn more about how you can make a lasting impact....please contact me personally or your local life-affirming center. And thank you to all who continue to fight the good fight. Bless you for your service.