This is the generation that will abolish abortion

The Story Of How God Inspired The Launch Of 40 Days For Life, Bound4Life and Stand True’s, Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity Simultaneously.

Without Planning It, Grassroots Pro-Life Prayer Groups Launched at Same Time – Say Leaders in First Joint Interview

Ten years ago, a burning desire to be a voice for the unborn was ignited in three leaders – in Texas, Virginia and Colorado. Having known each other for years, they rarely see one another aside from national pro-life gatherings. What would happen if we started a dialogue together?

For the first time, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE and Bryan Kemper of Stand True share their common yet distinct experiences – and reveal a striking timeline of how public prayer advocacy has thrived in the grassroots pro-life movement.

Marisa Kwaning, David Bereit, Matt Lockett
Marisa Kwaning discusses pro-life prayer with David Bereit and Matt Lockett (Photo: Josh Shepherd)

A Son’s Prayer in the Hospital

Summer of 2004 found David Bereit (pronounced BE-right) frustrated in College Station, Texas. A local Planned Parenthood abortion center had just reached a death toll of 2,000.

“We had been trying everything we knew how to do,” Bereit says. “While we saw some small pro-life successes, for the most part the abortion numbers just kept going up.” He and a few other people did the only thing they felt was left – gather around a table and pray for an hour. 

Bereit shares, “The night before that prayer time, a friend from church pulled me aside and said: ‘If we really believe these children dying are made in God’s image, why aren’t we acting like it?’ he implored. ‘If we’re serious, why wouldn’t we go to that place [abortion centers], stand in the gap and intercede on behalf of these mothers and children?’”

“That conversation was germinating in me the next day during that hour of prayer,” says Bereit, noting how God placed the 40-days timeframe on their hearts that day along with other particulars. “The first local 40 Days for Life campaign was from September 1 thru October 10, 2004.”

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People in prayer at the first 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, TX (Photo Courtesy of 40 Days for Life)

“Many 40 Days leaders haven’t even heard this second part,” says Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life. “Years later, after the first national campaign, the same friend called me – amazed at how God used this idea.”

“Then he said, ‘Shortly before that dinner at your house, we found out my dad was dying of cancer. I went to the hospital and my dad wanted to pray about the ending of abortion. The reason why? Years before, he had gotten a girl pregnant out of wedlock, he had been scared, he pressured her to schedule an abortion… but she stood him up on the day of the appointment. He got so angry at her then. Yet eventually they ended up getting married.’“

“Laying on that hospital bed, his dad told him, ‘Son, that woman was your mother and that child I wanted to throw away to cover up my sin was you.’ The man who suggested the idea of what became 40 Days for Life was himself an abortion survivor,” Bereit concludes.

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Photo for illustration purposes: Lee Haywood / Flickr

With 252 cities involved this past spring, 40 Days for Life recently celebrated 10,000 babies saved through on-site prayer at abortion centers. David Bereit and his wife now reside in northern Virginia, where he provides leadership to this growing movement.

For Ad Agency Graphic Artist, One Dream Changes His Life

“There’s something very interesting about Fall 2004,” Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE observes before sharing his story. Living in Denver at the time, he worked as creative director at an ad agency while serving as a youth pastor.

“I had been a Christian for most of my life – but, I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t care much about abortion,” Lockett begins. “In my mind, it was a side issue that some crazy people like to make a big stink about. Then in September 2004, I had a dream.”

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Matt Lockett tells of Bound4LIFE’s founding (Photo: Josh Shepherd)

“I saw young people praying day and night for the ending of abortion. And in my dream, there was a man named Lou Engle. I didn’t know of anyone named Lou Engle at that point, yet it was one of those weird experiences that I couldn’t get away from,” says Lockett.

“When I found out that Lou Engle really exists, I tracked down a phone number. When I call and share my dream, one of his team tells me, ‘You’ve just dreamt what the Lord has sent us to do. We are going to Washington, DC to pray for the ending of abortion. You should come and check it out, maybe God will have something for you there.’”

Lockett had this conversation with Engle’s team in mid-September 2004, as they were traveling from Colorado Springs to Washington in prayer for the elections. Then another critical dream occurred.

“One young man was on an extended fast, and he had a dream,” shares Lockett. “He saw the streets of DC filled with young people who had tape over their mouths. In the dream, he zooms down from above and he’s in front of the Supreme Court. He sees the word LIFE is written on the tape over their mouths.” The team ended up doing the dream in front of the Supreme Court, the first “silent siege” followed by thousands more since that day.

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Lou Engle and team pray outside the Supreme Court in 2004 (Photo Courtesy of Bound4LIFE)

Lockett took Engle up on the invitation to Washington, DC a few months later. “God radically changed my life and my viewpoint,” he shares. “He called my wife, four children and me to be missionaries to the nation’s capital. I ended up quitting my job in Denver; we sold our belongings in a garage sale and moved to DC. That was 10 years ago.”

Months into this new missionary experience, Lockett emerged as the director of Bound4LIFE and Justice House of Prayer DC – located a few blocks from the Supreme Court and the Capitol. Lockett states, “Our assignment progressed from praying for the 2004 elections, to believing for a shifting of the Supreme Court – to an ongoing assignment to pray for the courts and America, from the nation’s capital.”

Musician Brings Punk Rock Roots to Activist Calling

Bryan Kemper, a tattooed and energetic leader, joins our dialogue via Skype from his home base in Dayton, Ohio. Following his early years in the Christian rock scene, Kemper was floored by one person’s question: If you believe abortion is murder, why are you not doing something about it?

“From one desperate prayer, when I was facing a job transition, Stand True started in Virginia. Our mission is to educate, activate and equip young people to be a voice – because we believe this is the generation that will abolish abortion,” he asserts.

“Adults come up to me sometimes and ask, ‘Do you think we can ever end abortion?’ I always say: ‘How big is your God? Because my God is bigger than Roe v. Wade.’”

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Bryan Kemper prays at OneVoiceDC on January 21, 2015 (Photo: Aaron Wong)

Kemper reveals how one well-known Stand True outreach began. “I remember I was driving back from speaking at McNeese State University in Louisiana with a student, and he asked, ‘What can we do with other students around the country to take a stand?’ Right then, I had the vision of the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.”

What if students went silent, in solidarity with the children being silenced by abortion? he thought. High school and college students across the nation could stay in silent prayer all day.

“A few weeks later, I was speaking in Washington, DC at an event,” he continues. “Five minutes into my talk, a group of about 20 young people walked into the back of the room and just stood there. I thought they were there to protest me, because they were all wearing this red duct tape on their mouths.”

What is this? But it wasn’t a protest, it was the Bound4LIFE group who had heard about the talk. One of them told me what the red duct tape was afterward. This is the coolest thing ever, I thought,” Kemper recalls.

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Photo Courtesy of Bound4LIFE

“The next day I went down to the Supreme Court, and Lou Engle was there. I asked him, ‘Hey, we’re doing this Silent Day event, can we promote the Life Tape?’ He was like, ‘Oh yeah, totally.’ So I always tell people who ask, ‘Stand True didn’t start the Life Tape idea, we just borrowed it.’ We helped make Life Tape popular, because Silent Day went big when it launched.”

“That first year we thought, Maybe 100 campuses will do this? Six hundred campuses signed up in 2004. It was amazing! Now every year in October, several thousand campuses participate – this fall will be the 11th year. It’s young people deciding to be silent in solidarity and spend the day in prayer.”

Kemper recounts one story of Silent Day’s impact. “One young woman, getting ready for school, walked downstairs wearing Life Tape. Her mother asked, ‘What are you doing? Why do you have tape on your mouth?’ She took the tape off and explained to her mom what she had decided to do that day.”

“Her mom broke down and said, ‘I’m scheduled for an abortion this week. I’m pregnant, Honey.’ That young woman was able to save her sibling’s life.”

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Photo for illustration purposes: Sandeep Patil / Flickr

Kemper summarizes what drives Stand True: “Things like that have happened so often. The years I’ve done this is worth it for even one of those stories. And I know you, Matt and David, have those stories too.”

Right Mission, Right Place, Right Time

“The timing is so wild,” notices Kemper. ”I never realized how close it was to the start of Bound4LIFE that those kids wearing Life Tape came to the Stand True pro-life rally. It must’ve been within the first few days.”

David Bereit jumps in: “And our first fall campaign was going on right then. We were intentionally doing it in a season leading up to an election. When is there a more important time to be praying and fasting?”

“There in College Station, Texas, I was getting news updates about both of your group’s activities during those 40 days,” Bereit recalls. “I was hearing about Bound4LIFE, about the first Pro-Life Silent Day of Solidarity, and I was massively encouraged. It showed me, Wow, God is moving on this. I was sharing the news with other people, though I didn’t realize it was the beginning for both of you.”

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Bryan Kemper in Dayton, OH joins the interview via Skype (Photo: Josh Shepherd)

With each focused on prayer and advocacy for the ending of abortion, the three groups reach a diverse spectrum of people: from youth on the fringes, to a broad scope of evangelical and Catholic believers who recognize how upholding the value of life is fundamental to their faith.

“There was something in the air at that moment,” muses Matt Lockett. “It’s a profound thing, and it’s beyond just the three groups here. All of this pro-life prayer outreach started gelling together during Fall 2004. So many things happened, shifted or took a turn – and here we are a decade later.”

“It’s all coming full-circle now,” Bereit notes.

Kemper sums up the feeling in the room: “I don’t believe there are any coincidences.”

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Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson with David Bereit (Photo Courtesy of 40 Days for Life)

Watch for more excerpts from this joint interview, as the three leaders compare group strategies and share how they keep the right focus in handling a contentious issue in our culture.

About Marisa Lengor Kwaning

Marisa Lengor Kwaning is a writer, editor and health policy analyst who resides in Washington, D.C. She has worked in public health, disaster management, as well as foreign and domestic health policy. She earned a Masters degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and currently consults at Final Draft:Writing Services.

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Silly Songs With Pro-Abortion Activists – F#*K The Suburbs And Kill The Unborn

Today I joined our good friends, Created Equal, on the campus of The Ohio State University for a pro-life outreach. We exposed the truth of what abortion really is by showing photographs and video of the victims of abortion. We were also distributing literature and having conversations with students, many of whom seemed eager to ask questions.

I have several good conversations as well as several, lets just say, less then intelligent ones as well. I was actually thanked by several students, who identified themselves as pro-choice, for having civil and intelligent conversations with them. One of them even told some of the more radical pro-abortion protesters that they were not helping their side by being so belligerent.

Towards the end of the day, one pro-abortion activists broke out his guitar and started to serenade everyone; I hesitate to call it singing. Some of his more memorable lyrics were: “F#*k the suburbs and kill your unborn”, “Not every human ever born is always going to have a place” and “Most people alive today have not earned the status of human”.

Needless to say, this young man needs prayer. Here is a video collection of three of his songs, (although they all sound the same). Warning – graphic language and ludicrous lyrics.

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University of Hawaii Conducting Government Trials on Teenage Girls Reminiscent of Nazi Experiments

The University of Hawaii is conducting government trials on girls as young as 14-years-old to see if the drug Oxytocin will help prevent heavy bleeding during an abortion. Not only are they preforming abortions on teenage girls, but they are giving some of them placebos instead of Oxytocin and endangering them further.

The purpose of these tests as listed on the National Institute of Health’s Government Trials website reads:Currently, there is very little research to identify ways to decrease blood loss during D&E (dilation and evacuation) procedures. The objective is to determine whether routine use of intravenous oxytocin will improve bleeding outcomes at the time of D&E at 18-24-weeks gestation. To evaluate the hypothesis, investigators will perform a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. The patient will be followed until discharged from the postoperative care unit during which time patient satisfaction, pain score and postoperative bleeding will be assessed.Reading the government website about these trials brought back memories of the day I walked the grounds of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland and saw remnants of the abominable tests that the Nazis performed on the Jews. To think that our government is now involved in such insanity sends chills down my spine; they have allowed America’s daughters to become lab rats for the abortion industry. As a father of a teenage daughter, I cringe to think that a university and our government can conduct these kinds of dangerous experiments on my 14-year-old daughter and do it without parental consent or knowledge of the experiment.

The very nature of these trials is further evidence of the dangers of abortion, as we have seen with the recent deaths of young women like Tonya Reaves, Lakisha Wilson and so many more. Just read through the list of women who are being killed by so called “safe and legal” abortions at http://www.safeandlegal.com. Not only does abortion kill an innocent human baby, but it endangers women.
In her book,Recall Abortion, Janet Morana explores the dangers of abortion and what it does to women. Janet clearly shows us that we don’t need tests to try and make this barbaric practice safer, we need to protect women and babies by abolishing abortion altogether.

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Where were you when the battle raged? Remembering my time in Florida with Terri Schiavo’s family 10 years ago today.

For twenty-four years I have been involved with pro-life work in one way or another. Over thosetwenty-four years I have talked to thousands of people about their involvement, why they got involved, how they got involved and what motivates them to continue. We have talked about what happened in 1973 and where were all the Christians when Roe vs. Wade was passed. We would wonder why Christians would ignore human rights and own slaves in the time of the Dred Scott decision. We would tell stories about the few brave Christians that hid Jews during the Holocaust and proclaim that if it were we in those times we would have been a voice. If we were around in those days we would have risked all to save an innocent life; that is what we said, at least.

Ten years ago a young woman in Florida who was handicapped began an agonizing and painful journey towards death. Her husband, who had once made a vow to love and honor her through good times and bad, murdered her on national television. Her husband, who had already broken his vows to her by living with another woman and fathering children with her, went to court to have his wife starved and dehydrated to death. Terri Schiavo held onto life and fought for 13 days before finally dying on Thursday, March 31, 2005.

When I arrived in Florida one week before her death I expected to see thousands and thousands of Christians in front of the hospice praying, singing and crying out for Terri. I expected to see all those people who said, “I would have been there to stand up if I were around in the times of Roe vs. Wade or during the Holocaust.” I was sadly disappointed.

I walked up and saw maybe 150 people at most — some of them familiar faces from the pro-life movement, some of them just wanting to be on TV. I started to walk around and ask where people were from and most of them were from out of town; it was hard to find anyone from the Tampa area there to stand up for Terri. For years I wondered where the Christians were when Roe vs. Wade was passed, and now I had the answer.

I spent the first day walking around the crowd praying with people, talking about what could be done and simply being there in solidarity with our sister as she was dying. When I arrived the second day I talked to Terri’s sister whom I had met in Washington, DC, in January, when I volunteered my services to the family. I was asked to help guard the family and escort them around as everyone was swarming them.

I spent a lot of time just sitting with them and listening to stories about Terri and her life growing up. Her dad told a story about when Terri ran over a cat and how upset she was over this poor little cat. The friends shared beautiful stories and memories that I will treasure forever.

During this time we also spent a lot of time in prayer, with many different Christian leaders and friends. Everyone would be talking about a possible option and then someone would just stop and say, “Let’s pray.” There was more spontaneous prayer than I had ever seen. I would walk among the people there in support and see small groups up and down the street praying, singing hymns and just reading the Scriptures out loud. There may not have been a large group there, but they were dedicated and focused on prayer.

I spent a lot of time walking the family through the media circus to and from the hospice trying to give them a little privacy. I would walk Terri’s dad through the crowd every night as he thanked all the supporters for being there for Terri.

I talked to many of the behind-the-scenes media people who were obviously shaken by this tragedy. I saw people from all different walks of life and political and religious backgrounds taking a stand. There were many non-Christian people there in support of Terri, and dozens of handicapped people from a group called Not Dead Yet. I even spent time in prayer with the Rev. Jesse Jackson as he came to help the family and speak out for Terri. I never in a million years would have believed that I would sit in a room praying with Randal Terry, Jesse Jackson and Sean Hannity.

Each night at about 11:00 PM I would leave the hospice area and go get something to eat and try to catch up on some computer work and grab a few hours of sleep. I talked to a lot of people at different restaurants that would ask us what was really happening there. One night Terri’s brother, Bobby, came out to eat with us. When he left, the people there asked us questions and wanted to know the truth about the whole situation; they were shocked when they got the true facts about Terri.

On Wednesday night I went to the hotel and was especially saddened as we were reaching 13 days. My friend Will and I sat in the pool at the hotel at 2:00 AM discussing the past week and what else could have been done. I finally got to sleep at about 3:00 AM. Early the next morning, I was awoken by Will telling me that Terri had died.

We quickly packed our bags and went to the car to drive over to the hospice a few blocks away. As I got into the car it really began to hit me what had just happened and I started to cry. I picked up my cell phone and called my wife and children; I just needed to hear their voices and tell them I loved them.

I got to the hospice and stood guard outside the room the family was in to give them some privacy. The room was tucked in behind all the major media trucks and production areas. I watched as many of the media producers and reporters were fighting back tears. I watched reporters hugging the family and giving condolences; they were truly touched by Terri’s family. Many of the media that I had gotten to know expressed their grief to me, some of them on-air personalities who were affected greatly.

After the family was done making their statements for the day, I made my rounds to offer my condolences and say my goodbyes. I told the family about all the Stand True supporters and family that had asked me to send their best wishes and prayers. I thanked them for their strength and resolve in the fight for Terri’s life. I let them know that we at Stand True will never let Terri’s name die and that we will continue the fight for life and others like Terri.

I will never forget and I will never stop telling her story - http://www.terrisfight.org

Also read Father Frank Pavone’s memory of his time with Terri - http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/30/frank-pavone-terri-schiavos-inconvenient-life/

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

 

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Bryan Kemper Banned From Dayton Library After Confronting NARAL and Planned Parenthood Community Discussion

When organizations like NARAL and Planned Parenthood come into your community to promote the practice of child killing, you cannot remain silent. When Stand True found out about just such a meeting in Dayton, OH, we decided to join the discussion and shine the light of truth. We were joined by individuals from Dayton Right to Life, 40 Days for Life and local pro-life activists.

Stand True arrived early to sidewalk chalk around the library and be a public witness to what abortion truly is and what it does to women. We covered the sidewalk in front of the entrance with pro-life messages and greeted those attending this pro-abortion meeting with photos of what they actually are promoting.

Right before the meeting started, we all went inside to listen in on the meeting and join in the discussion. There were about 50 people in the meeting, 20 of whom were pro-life. NARAL tried to stop our live streaming and filming of the meeting, but the Library policy allowed this. One man even tried to block our live stream, but was not successful. In all reality, the meeting should have never taken place in the library, as the policy clearly states that no groups can use it for partisan politics.

I sat, squirming in my seat, as I listened to lie after lie. The head of NARAL Ohio claimed that crisis pregnancy centers tell women, “if they have an abortion, the procedure will suck out their appendix.” Anther person claimed that before Roe vs Wade, “5,000 women a year died from illegal abortions and that number is on the rise again due to pro-life legislation.”

During the question and answer time, I waited patiently with my hand raised as I was ignored over and over. Finally, they claimed that that were making us wait as punishment for filming the meeting. When I stood up, I let loose. While I was still making my point, I was told to sit down but refused and began to preach the truth. I was removed from the library by 4 security guards who escorted me outside to where Dayton Police were arriving.

The Library informed me that they were charging me with “trespassing” and that I would be banned from the Dayton Metro Library for life. I refused to sign their paper and informed them that the meeting was a violation of library policy in the first place. The Dayton Police were extremely nice and cordial and supported my right to remain outside with my abortion sign.

Here is the video of when I finally could not remain silent any longer:

Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. We need your help TODAY! Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

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Their cupboards are bare – Please help feed and house the Stand True Pro-life Missionaries

With spring time approaching, our missionary program is kicking into high gear. Right now, we have three fulltime pro-life missionaries living at the Stand True Missionary House and several more will be coming for the summer. The winter was harsh, and high heating bills and repairs have depleted our resources. We need your help to prepare the misionary house, fill the cupboards, repair the van and much more.

We need your support today; housing, feeding, transporting and training our full time pro-life missionaries costs Stand True about $2,000 a month. They will be traveling across the country over the next 5 months, spreading the pro-life message and helping to build a culture of life.

Stand True President, Bryan Kemper, will be the keynote speaker at Night Vision Festival in Colorado as well as a youth speaker at the National Right to Life Conference in New Orleans, LA. The Stand True Missionaries will be traveling with Bryan to these events as well as events in Chicago, IL, New York City, Charlotte, NC and many more. The missionaries will be setting up and manning pro-life booths at each event and lead street activism and outreaches.

Every year, the Stand True mission team reaches hundrends of thousands of peole with the pro-life message and Gospel of Christ. We depend on you for support and prayer. Please make the most genorous donation you can today to make sure these amazing young pro-life warriors can reach as many people as possible with the truth.

We have a couple spots left, applications being accepted now for the Summer Internship. Information and applicatipions here: http://www.standtrue.com/2015summerinternship/

Please support our work.

The winter has been harsh on the bill here for housing and keep our missionaries warm. Your support gauruntees that our amazing pro-life missionaries can continue to do this important work.

Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. We need your help TODAY! Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

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“Christianity Today” Claims That Contraception Saves Lives and Attempts To Paint Margaret Sanger In a Good Light. My Response To This Ludicrous Article.

I am writing this blog in response to an outrageous and totally reckless article in Christianity Today entitled: Contraception Saves Lives. I would expect this from RH Reality Check or some other pro-abortion publication, but not from Christianity Today. But then again, the general state of Christianity today is not exactly, well, Christian. 

There are so many things wrong with this article, and I could probably write 10 pages in response. I think most people who read my blog regularly have a grasp on who Margaret Sanger was and why we can never look to her as a great example. If you want a glimpse into who she was, here are just a few of her quotes: 

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”  Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.

On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial “purification,” couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the right of married couples to bear children:
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her “Plan for Peace.” Birth Control Review, April 1932

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

 You can read more here: http://www.dianedew.com/sanger.htm

This article claims, “a single leading cause of maternal mortality globally is complication from unsafe abortion.” The problem is that we are not seeing what this claim is actually saying. Let’s reword this without the whitewashing: “a single leading cause of maternal mortality globally is complications from mothers attempting to kill their pre-born child.” Abortion is NEVER safe for the child who is killed and is also very dangerous for the woman who is having her child killed.

Greater access to birth control and contraception is what opened the flood gates to abortion in the first place. The simple fact is that all forms of chemical birth control can cause an abortion. The pill has a back up mechanism that thins the lining of the uterus in case of fertilization that causes the baby to be rejected from implanting in the uterine wall.

The three mechanisms of the pill are:

1.      Inhibiting ovulation (the primary mechanism),

2.      Thickening the cervical mucus, thereby making it more difficult for sperm to travel to the egg, and

3.      Thinning and shriveling the lining of the uterus to the point that it is unable or less able to facilitate the implantation of the newly fertilized egg.

The first two mechanisms are contraceptive. The third is abortive.

Read more about how the birth control pill can cause abortion at: http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/17/short-condensation-does-birth-control-pill-cause-a/#ixzz3UBbqekzW

Beyond that, what is contraception? It is taking God out of the marriage bed.

Psalm 127:

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,

the builders labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the guards stand watch in vain.

2 In vain you rise early

and stay up late,

toiling for food to eat—

for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,

offspring a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior

are children born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man

whose quiver is full of them.

They will not be put to shame

when they contend with their opponents in court.

Sex is a gift from God for both unitive and procreative purposes between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage. Anything outside of the God-given reasons is a manipulation and distortion of sex and is sinful. Contraception robs the sex act of the procreative aspect and takes God out of the marriage bed. It says that we don’t trust God and His wisdom in building our house. Contraception actually objectifies your partner and turns them into nothing more than an object for your selfish pleasure. When we are not open to God and His blessings, we are making ourselves our own god. 

If God is the creator of every single human person, no person was created outside of God’s will.  Using contraception is a deliberate attempt to go against God’s will. Using contraception is NOT allowing God to build the house. It is not possible to have more children than God wants you to have if He creates every child and “builds the house”, as Psalm 127 says.

Contraception does not save lives; it destroys lives both physically and spiritually. 

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Pro-life Internship – Stand True Pro-life Outreach 2015 Summer Internship – Dates and Application

We are looking for 4-6  interns for the summer to work with and travel with Stand True Pro-life Outreach

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Who: We want motivated young pro-life people between the ages of 18-28 (again we can be flexible in some circumstances.)

When: The Summer internship would can start June 1  and ends August 14 but we welcome people to come earlier if possible. We will be attending the National Right to Life Conference in New Orleans, Soulfest in New Hampshire and many more events. We will also spend a day in NYC and visit the Priests for Life national headquarters in Staten Island.

Where: We are located in Troy, OH which is near Dayton. We have a missionary apartment that is connected to the office for girls and a private room in the office with a bathroom for guys.

What: The internship will include a wide variety of pro-life training, work, prayer and activism as well as traveling to pro-life events.

A few of the duties:

Social Media: Interns will spend time every day building, maintaining and developing the social media outreach for Stand True and Priests for Life. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and many more. Interns will be helping in building our social media library on the Stand True web site.

Summer Festivals and Events: Interns will traveling with Stand True to several summer events to work the booth, give talks and educate people on pro-life issues.

Activism: Interns will go to the abortion clinic for prayer and sidewalk counseling at least once a week. Interns will take part in some local and national pro-life events and activism such as the National Right to Life Conference in New Orleans

Office work: Interns will help run the daily needs of the Stand True office like mail, order fulfillment, cleaning, banking, filing, proof reading and other needs around the office.

Pro-life Training: Interns will be studying pro-life issues and apologetics. Interns will write articles, give talks and learn how to argue the pro-life position.

We are also looking for interns with special talents: Web design, wordpress knowledge, graphic arts, writing skills and more.

We provide housing and basic food as well as travel costs when you travel with Stand True for events like the National Right to Life Convention. You will be expected to help fundraise towards the missionary program but there is no set cost to come.

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Here is a tentative schedule:

June 1 Team arrives in Troy

June 2 – 5 Training in Troy, OH

June 5 Grill Out at Stand True Courtyard

June 6-7 Strawberry Festival Outreach Troy, OH

June 8 Day off

June 9 Abortion Clinic Training

June 10 – 13 Abortion Clinic Outreaches / Social Media Projects

June 13 Troy Pool Day

June 14 Day off

June 15 -16 Office/Social Media Project Days

June 17-19 Abortion Mill Outreach/Activism

June 20 – 21 Days Off

June 22 – 26 Abortion Clinic Outreaches / Social Media Projects

June 27 – 28 Days off

June 29 – July 3 Abortion Clinic Outreaches / Social Media Projects

July 4-5 Off

July 6 Prep for NRLC

July 7 Drive to New Orleans

July 8 Arrive in New Orleans

July 9 – 11 NRLC 2015 in New Orleans

July 12 Drive to Charlotte, NC

July 13 White Water Center Day in Charlotte, NC

July 14 Pro-life Activism in Charlotte, NC with EPIC

July 15 Drive to Troy, OH

July 16 – 17 Unload / Cleaning Days

July 18 -19 Days Off

July 20 – 22 Clinic Outreach / Social Media Projects

July 23 Drive to Chicago

July 24 – 25 National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium in Chicago

July 26 Drive to Troy

July 27 – 31 Retreat in MI

August 1 Day Off

August 2 Drive to NYC

August 3 Activism in NYC / Afternoon off in NYC

August 4 – 5 Training at PFL

August 5 Spend day at PFL office for training.

August 6-8 Soulfest, Gilford, New Hampshire

August 9 – 10 Drive to Troy, OH

August 11 -13 Unpack, Clean and Debrief

August 14 Go Home

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Talking About Abortion May Be Offensive, But Our Silence and Apathy Is Deadly; Addressing the Lie That Christians Should Not Offend People.

I sometimes find the excuses that I hear from people who claim to be pro-life but will not take action on their convictions just plain laughable.  Then there are the excuses in which people actually try and use the Word of God to justify their apathy.

One of the classic examples that can be found is the ever popular “I don’t want to offend anyone” excuse.  The worst part of this excuse is that many who use it try to justify it with scripture, often interjecting the word “offend” for the word “stumble”.  There are several verses about causing others, especially children, to stumble. For example:

1st Corinthians 10:32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—

The problem is that people seem to think that offending someone is the same as causing them to stumble; that is simply not true. If I were to sit and drink beer around someone who is an alcoholic, tempting him by offering him beer, that would be causing him to stumble.

The truth is we will offend many people just by the fact that we are Christians; this Gospel of Christ is highly offensive to those who do not have faith.

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning?  Who will listen to me?

Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

Anytime we take a stand against an evil, someone will be offended. Those involved with evil will take offense to our speaking out against their behavior.  If we were to speak out against pornography and call it indecent or obscene that would offend those involved in the pornography industry.

If we were to give a workshop “talking about domestic violence or child abuse, would that not offend people who commit those actions?  Just because we speak out against an evil and it offends people does not mean we should stop speaking out against that evil.

Many will say that they are worried about hurting people’s feelings. Women who have committed the act of abortion will be hurt so we shouldn’t wear pro-life shirts, hold signs or pray in front of abortion mills.”  While I agree that some women will be upset when they see a pro-life t-shirt or display, that in no way justifies not taking that action.

I have to ask about other things we speak out against.  Would we refrain from speaking out against domestic violence because it might offend someone who has beaten his wife? Would we refrain from speaking out against child abuse because we might offend a woman who has beaten her kids? Would we refrain from speaking out against rape because we are afraid we would offend a rapist?

The problem is that when it comes to abortion we have allowed this evil act to be diminished to just a “tough decision” that a woman has to make.  I am sorry but this is not a decision anyone should have the right to make; it is an act of homicide that cannot be justified.

We would never in a million years call a rape a “tough decision” that a man has to make. There are no circumstances that can justify a man sexually forcing himself on another human person.  There will be no one arguing that we just need to put ourselves in his shoes to understand why he had to make that choice.

This same standard must be applied to killing one’s child in the womb or at any other time in that child’s life.  The act of homicide is one person killing another person and that is what happens in every single abortion.

All this being said, I am not advocating going out on the street and screaming at women or calling them murderers as they walk into an abortion mill.  I have always and will always reach out to them in love and offer them hope.

While I will not be screaming at women, I will also not back down in my fight to expose what abortion is to the world.  The fact is that we need the world to view abortion as the horrific act that it is; to have the same disdain for abortion as they do for rape or any other act of homicide.

Yes, there will be times that people will be offended by the pro-life t-shirt I wear, the sign I hold or by my praying outside of an abortion mill.  There will be women who have had an abortion who will feel guilt for what they have done and probably not be happy about being reminded of their act.  I pray that the guilt they feel will lead to finding the healing and hope of Christ that exists with repentance.

This next statement at first may sound a bit harsh but it is a reality.  I am more concerned with saving the lives of innocent children being slaughtered by the thousands every day than I am with the hurt feelings of someone who has committed this act. I do not set out to offend; I set out to tell the truth.  In doing so, I know people will be offended and feelings will be hurt. This holds for almost every truth we decide to proclaim and evil we confront.

(That being said I also believe very strongly in the forgiveness and healing after abortion and would strongly recommend visiting AbortionShockwaves.com)

If you claim to be pro-life, to believe that the children dying inside these abortion mills are fully human, don’t give me excuses.  To slightly tweak a Greg Cunningham quote:  “Apathy and ignorance sustained by denial are crippling this nation’s response to abortion. When something is so horrifying that we can’t stand to look at it, perhaps we shouldn’t be tolerating it!”

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

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Abortion is Not Mentioned in The Bible So It Cannot Be A Sin?

Has anyone ever tried to tell you that abortion is not mentioned in the Bible? This is actually a question I have gotten quite a bit; abortion is not mentioned in the Bible, so how can we say it is a sin?

This question is flawed because it is focused on the procedure rather than what abortion actually is. That is one of the fundamental reasons Christians ignore abortion, they look at it as a procedure. We must look past the procedure to the root of what abortion is.

Abortion is the killing of a human person. There are many ways to kill a human person and not all of them are mentioned in the Bible. Using this logic, you could argue that shooting someone with a gun is not mentioned in the Bible; so therefore it is not a sin. Shooting someone with a gun, like abortion, is simply the procedure used to kill that human person.

We all know that killing someone is a sin, “thou shalt not kill” is pretty cut and dry.

As I wrote in the last “tough questions” section, scripture tells us about the beginning of human life. I am sure you have all heard the most popular verse pro-lifers use about God forming us in the womb. Have you read Psalm 51:5? “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” From the moment of conception you have sin. What does sin stain? It stains your soul, not your flesh. You have a soul at the moment of conception.

Lets look at Luke 1:39, At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist and was about 6 months along in her pregnancy. Mary was only a few days pregnant with Jesus when John the Baptist recognized the personhood of Christ and leapt in the womb. It cannot be any clearer when life begins.

So again it comes back to the core of the pro-life argument, personhood. In reality almost all the tough questions people ask me will be brought back to this principle.

A child in the womb is a human person.

Killing a human person is wrong.

Abortion is killing a human person.

Abortion is wrong.

That was the long answer to the question. The short answer is simple, abortion is mentioned in the Bible, “thou shalt not kill”.

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