Thoughts on the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Note: This was written by CCFL board member Scott Tibbs

It was 44 years ago today that the Supreme Court threw out laws against abortion in all 50 states, trampling state sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment. But much worse than that, the court opened the floodgates to 58,000,000 babies being brutally slaughtered in the name of “reproductive choice” and “personal autonomy.” This is the great moral stain on our nation, far worse than slavery, Jim Crow, the genocide of the American Indians or any other wicked thing our nation has done.

What must a holy and righteous God think when he looks upon this slaughter? We can discern what He thinks from His holy Word:

  • And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. — 2 Kings 17:17-18
  • Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto Me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain My children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? — Ezekiel 16:20-21
  • And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. — Jeremiah 32:35

I have been accused of using “inflammatory rhetoric” when speaking of abortion. But when over a million babies are being murdered by dismemberment every single year, is there any language that can be used to describe it that is too inflammatory? No, there is not. The reason people object to “inflammatory” terms like slaughter and murder is because it exposes their shame and the reality of what they support. I refuse to use language that covers for and gives euphemisms for murder.

I have been told that my “inflammatory rhetoric” will not convince anyone why abortion is wrong, but the reality is that I do not need to convince anyone. We all know what is going on here, no matter how fervently we deny the truth in front of our eyes. Most of us have seen the pictures of bloody aborted babies. Instead, I am calling on this nation and this city to repent of the bloodshed we have allowed and supported. While I certainly support efforts to inform people about abortion, the need we have is not education. We need repentance.

We have heard much in the last year about how we need to “make America great again,” but America will never be great so long as we are exterminating millions of unborn babies with the full protection and blessing of our state, federal and local governments. No nation that embraces such wickedness and denies basic human rights to the most defenseless among us is or ever will be great.

There are things to be encouraged about. We have seen a lot of pro-life legislation, and it is very encouraging to see young people motivated to oppose abortion. But what we really need is God’s mercy on us. We need to pray that God sends His Spirit to us to convict us of sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11) and being us back to the Cross. Without a spiritual reformation, we cannot and will never win this war and protect God’s little ones. We will instead be in line for God’s judgment. Won’t you pray for repentance on this bloody, horrible day?

Amos 1:13-15

Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:

But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:

And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the Lord.

2017 Rally for Life

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January 14, 2017

Christian Citizens for Life (CCFL) announces the Rally For Life 2017 as we sadly remember 59 million lives of unborn children lost through 44 years of legalized abortion since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision of 1973, and that 1 of every 4 children conceived in Monroe County is aborted.

The Rally will be held on Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 22, 2:00-3:00 pm on the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse. Dr. David Hart, local heart surgeon, will be the featured speaker.

The rally will conclude with a march through part of downtown and around the Square.

Donations of disposable diapers for the Hannah Center, especially sizes 3-5, will be accepted. Donations to help support Christian Citizens for Life are gratefully appreciated, as well.

40 Days for Life – Fall 2016

The following was written by CCFL Board member Kathy Penrod.

I want to state first of all that I am not a person who likes to be out front in the spotlight. Give me something to do behind the scenes and I am a happy person. I don’t like crowds and I don’t like being in groups of people I don’t know. That being said, is it any wonder it has taken me several years to really get involved with the 40 days for life? When I first started going to PP to stand in protest for the lives lost right here in our town, I had to go with a friend.

When I did finally sign up for a time that no one else was able to cover, I drove around the block a few times trying to get up the courage to actually park and get out of the car. I would leave if there were others who showed up that I didn’t know. Sounds extremely paranoid right? Even after all this, I still felt God calling me to go and stand silently praying. So in 2016 both in the spring and fall 40 days for life events, I signed up. At the spring event, I didn’t sign up for a lot of time but at the fall event which just ended, I signed up for multiple times.

So, what have I learned by my time spent there in front of PP? Well, first I learned that I don’t have a life, that I am unemployed, and there is one guy in Bloomington who thinks he can have a baby since he yelled from his car “my body, my choice.” And there were some interesting suggestions made by passers-by about how I could better spend my time.

Seriously though, the most important thing about spending so much time alone was that I prayed and read the scriptures as I stood. I memorized one Psalm and started on a second one. I spent almost 16 hours of quality time with God. I met some new friends and spent time with some old friends. I learned how not to be angry at those who responded negatively to my presence there.

Instead I learned to pray for God to reveal Himself to them and that they would come to accept His mercy. I learned that you don’t have to say a word to be a witness. I learned that I am stronger and have more courage than I thought. And I learned that I have not spent enough time on my knees before God praying for an end to abortion in our city, in our country, and in our world.

I never thought that standing in front of the abortion clinic would help deepen my relationship with God but it has, or that I would be strengthened in my faith but I have. I gained so much more than I gave. Time spent there was truly no sacrifice, in fact that plot of grass in front of PP became my altar. I have been so blessed to be a part of this ministry. I hope others have found the same to be true for them.

Minimum age?

Planned Parenthood is requesting another grant from county government, and part of this will cover birth control.

One of CCFL’s board members asked the social services funding committee members what the minimum age would be for getting birth control.

There has been no answer. Curious.

In defense of gruesome aborted baby pictures

Note: This article is the opinion of CCFL member Scott Tibbs, reprinted with permission. This reflects his views only.

Last Friday, I was at Tenth and Fee Lane volunteering at a display set up by Created Equal and IU Students for Life. The gruesome sandwich board size pictures of aborted fetuses are meant to educate young people about the reality of abortion and provoke conversations with students about this horrible atrocity.

I was surprised at how positive the reaction was to the display during the time I was there. A number of students thanked us for being there and said they were pro-life. There were only a few negative reactions. (The most aggressive negative reaction I saw was from a man who was infuriated by the display.) The positive reaction probably should not have surprised me as much as it did, considering surveys showing adults in their 20’s tend to be more anti-abortion than Generation X or Baby Boomers. Millennials have grown up with much more detailed images of unborn babies than their predecessors did, so that could be one reason.

The pictures themselves are shocking, and there are people on both sides of the abortion debate who oppose the use of graphic images. Let me address abortion opponents’ objections to the photographs.

Graphic images have been used throughout history to expose great evil. Images of bodies piled high in liberated concentration camps demonstrated the depravity of Nazi Germany in a way words cannot. The image of a brutalized Emmett Till showed the brutal way blacks were oppressed in the South, and Till’s murder is what motivated Rosa Parks to refuse to obey an unjust law forcing her to give up her seat on the bus to whites. Images of starving children in Africa have effectively pushed relief efforts for famine.

Now that historically effective method is being used to show the horrific results of abortion. Americans are easily distracted by arguments for or against abortion, and the fact that abortion is largely hidden from the public view allows tens of millions of people to be blissfully ignorant of the slaughter that happens in their cities. But abortion pictures cannot be explained away as “the products of conception.” You see even in early-term pregnancies that surgical abortion kills a fully-formed human being. The pictures shock the conscience.

I supported much more judicious use of aborted baby pictures until I personally saw how they changed minds and forced people our of their comfort zone by confronting them with reality. I know that people have been convicted of sin and accepted Christ as their savior at Genocide Awareness Project displays. Pictures make it impossible to deny what abortion does. The gruesome pictures are used because they work.

I was very impressed with Students For Life, which has reactivated and had a pretty big group of (almost entirely female) students at their training meeting the night before. It says a lot that these women are willing to stand with a controversial display at possibly the most heavily trafficked intersection on campus. I am looking forward to watching them stand for life over the course of the next school year.