Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them.
There are many reasons to love October – the lovely weather, the picturesque foliage, the pumpkin spice everything… but for the pro-life community October is so much more. This past Sunday Christians across the country celebrated Respect Life Sunday, a month long program dedicated to the understanding that all human life is precious and must be cared for. “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation,” is this year’s theme and, as Streiff at Redstate points out, we are making “baby steps” forward in helping others see the truth of God’s beautiful design.
40 Days for Life continues throughout October and is entering it’s second week of pro-lifers standing united in prayer to end abortion. Today’s update brings the great news that 86 babies (that we know of) have been saved from abortion during the campaign so far. Already a well-known truth in the pro-life community is becoming apparent – when expectant mothers are allowed to see their unborn child through ultrasound, they almost always choose life. Because abortion providers know that women will choose to keep their baby, they do not allow the ultrasound to be seen or heard by the expectant mother; and unless ordered by law, abortion clinics often avoid giving ultrasounds. In the words of one abortionist, quoted at Life News:
They [the women] are never allowed to look at the ultrasound because we knew that if they so much as heard the heart beat, they wouldn’t want to have an abortion. (1)
In solidarity with the over 56,000,000 children who have been silenced in abortion, pro-life students will take part in the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday, October 21st. Using red tape and a permanent marker, participants will “give up their voices for a day” while making a powerful statement for those who cannot speak. Students For Life has centered their October Event In A Box around the occasion and is offering students free materials to help them succeed in their effort.
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