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what to do when they fall?

life in my heart, but sad to say, that’s


BFL became aware of these cases where it stayed. I thought abortion was
because there’s another group of here to stay, the law of the land. I
Christians at the clinics. “Sidewalk thought if I could just practice my
Are
counselors” serve as a last line Christian faith – faithfully go-
of defense for the unborn ing to church, faithfully telling
and their mothers. They see Your people about the Lord and
cars pull into the parking Attitudes how God can change their
in Order?
matters
lot, some with Christian lives – then I would surely
bumper stickers. They be tackling abortion from
1. Sexual sin is wrong
Vol. 8, No. 1 pray. They extend the that end. I still think that’s
whether it results in
love of Christ and the somewhat true.”
a publication of pregnancy or not
truth about abortion to It is very true, but as
any who will listen. They 2. Life is God’s gift no she now says, “Parents
Baptists for Life, Inc.
Christians at the clinics tell them about alterna- matter how a baby is should also talk about
tives to abortion and conceived abortion with their chil-
Many of us are prone to thinking abortion is something that only
P.O. Box 3158 happens to unbelievers. If that’s true, why do many self-professed offer to accompany them 3. Unborn babies dren.” If BFL can help you,
Christians end up at abortion clinics? to the local PCC. should not be pun- please let us know.
Grand Rapids, MI Lives have changed ished for their
• A young woman calls a pregnancy helpline to inquire about as a result. Women have What messages should
49501 [mail] parents’ sins
abortion. Even though she claims to be a believer and agrees walked away from the clinics we convey?
abortion violates God’s plan, she has concluded it’s what she’s with smiles on their faces and
“supposed to do” because she and her boyfriend had taken • Openness: “You can talk to me
5075 Clay SW, Suite C hope in their steps. They’ve re-
precautions. For her, adoption would be “too hard.” about anything.” 
ceived emotional and material support
Grand Rapids, MI • A “Christian” couple is divided over what to do. The young for the duration of their pregnancies, and • Willingness to help: “Whatever hap-
man says he’ll do whatever it takes to stop his future wife from beyond. Babies are alive today who oth- pens, we’ll face it together.”
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aborting, even if it means confessing to their parents. She’s erwise would not have made it, thanks to • Honesty and maturity about emo-

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reluctant to spoil their “fairy tale” wedding plans. the tireless devotion of a few. tions: “I may feel hurt and get angry, but
616.257.6800 [tel] • A teenager obtains a judicial injunction so she can abort with- adly, no one was standing watch I’ll never stop loving you.”
out her parents’ consent. They are “wonderful” people, yet outside a Massachusetts clinic the • Merciful responses to any con-
616.257.6805 [fax] she can’t bring herself to tell them she’s pregnant. Her plan day Laura Hope Smith died on fessed sin: “You are forgiven.”
is to attend Bible college (one that doesn’t accept unmarried the abortionist’s table. Or if they were,
pregnant students) and to turn this “difficult experience” into • Compassion for others with un-
she failed to heed their pleas. Reported
b4life@bfl.org [email] an opportunity for future ministry with youth. planned pregnancies: “May I help?”
to be a “born again” member of a Bible-
www.bfl.org [internet] All three women sought abortions in Grand Rapids – “city of centered church, the 22-year-old had no • Celebration of every baby’s life:
churches” – during a three-week span in September of 2007. Our idea September 13, 2007, would be her “Thank you for not choosing abortion!”
hearts break over these stories that reveal seemingly rampant last day, and abortion her final act.
sexual sin, an alarming depth of selfishness, and an amazing lack While the highest rate of abortion be-
of conscience among people who should know better. longs to women with a non-Christian re- Sources: Eileen Smith’s testimony (http://40daysforlife.
com/blog/?p=65); “Characteristics of Women Obtain-
What’s going on? Or maybe we should ask, what’s not going ligious affiliation or no affiliation at all, 13 ing Abortions” (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/
on? Are people in churches being taught that although abortion percent of those aborting identify them- 3422602.pdf); Resources: “Identifying High Risk Abor-
tion Patients” (http://www.afterabortion.info/highrisk.html;
is controversial and “political,” it’s primarily a matter of the heart selves as “born-again” or evangelical. “How Can We Prevent Abortion?” (http://www.bfl.org > Is-
requiring repentance and forgiveness? Do they know the suffer- Mystified by this statistic and by sues & Answers > Abortion > Preventing Abortion); “Will
ing it causes? Do they appreciate the sanctity of marriage and of her daughter’s actions, Laura’s mother God Forgive Me If I Have an Abortion?” (http://www.bfl.org
> Crisis Pregnancy? > Will God Forgive?)
human life? Do they understand what sexual sin is? Do they know Eileen admits she’d “always been pro-