I love the pro-life movement and I’m also adamantly pro-life, but the truth is the movement is stuck.
Besides the Mexico City Policy (allowing or disallowing federal funding of abortions overseas depending on the President) and a handful of dedicated members in both chambers of Congress, the movement is stuck.
I am not here to write doom and gloom pieces or even to be really critical of this group or that one. There are a lot of very hard working and Godly people working on this critical issue. There is also so much work being done through pro-life providers and pregnancy crisis centers. Work that will resound in the annals of the saints and the faithful.
But we are stuck. While numbers are trending well, there is no real thinking on how to expand the pie or bring new people or groups on board.
Many have long pinned their hopes on the Supreme Court. Surely the Supreme Court will change Roe v. Wade. Maybe the court eventually will, but waiting on the court alone is not a good idea. Yes lots of work is also being done at the state level to limit access to abortion, but it’s still early to tell whether this will drastically reduce abortions.
We have expended a lot of effort but we have not taken the time to figure out how to really change culture on abortion. Movies like Bella and national cases like Gosnell have done a bit to change that dynamic but much more is needed.
To get to that next level we need people from outside of the pro-life movement to engage. There is a lot of careful work that is needed to expand the base and mainstream the value.
Some may argue that the culture is hopeless and lost and that America is on a long step decline towards moral decline, but don’t believe it. Everybody has a moral conscience. The key is to speak in such a way to open up moral possibility for those who are not like us. I fundamentally believe there is space to build a more firm and biblically grounded moral conscience among all people.
In other words we need to work towards a day where more people get that issues of life are truly moral and not partisan. We have a lot of work to do, but it may not always be in the halls of power and in the courts.