Yesterday, I took part in a nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood. At over 300 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, people turned out by the thousands to protest the nation’s leading abortion provider. Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions every year, and we now know that they are also selling the body parts of the babies that they kill. It is a macabre business that the United States government subsidizes to the tune of nearly a half billion dollars per year. We turned out yesterday to say enough is enough. It is time to end federal funding for this travesty, and it is time to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for any laws they have broken.
Reports say that we had about 500 people show up to the protest in Louisville. That is an overall good showing given that there was a major rally for religious freedom being held simultaneously in Frankfort.
Local news reports about the protest have given disproportionate attention to a couple of counter-protesters that showed up (see video above and below). You might get the impression from these videos that these hecklers had more of an impact than they really did. There were hundreds of us gathered to oppose Planned Parenthood. There were only two of them who rode by on their bicycles flipping-off the prolife demonstrators and yelling at us before getting in the face of the leader of the protest. But by that point the speakers were all finished. So the hecklers had a negligible impact on the ground, but you might miss that if all you saw was the news coverage.
It was interesting to watch prolifers protest. Prolifers are not radical, protesting kinds of people. They are a little less “occupy Wall Street” and a little more “I miss Mayberry.” In other words, these prolife protestors tended to be boring and normal—which means they don’t know what they are doing when it comes to protesting. Several times the Emcee tried to organize a chant, but we never could get it together. It was kind of sad, but it was also kind of humorous. There’s something endearing about the fact that we drew so many inexperienced protestors. That fact alone is an important one.
I was very grateful to see Andrew King deliver a passionate pro-life message in which he preached the gospel to the hundreds who were gathered. It was beautiful. It was also what he regularly does in his “Speak for the Unborn” ministry—a work in which my own church has been deeply involved over the last five years.
Angela Minter of “Sisters for Life” shared her powerful testimony of having multiple abortions two decades ago. She also implored pastors to start speaking up about abortion—to which I want to add a hearty “amen.” Some pastors do tend to steer clear of this topic in their preaching. There are many reasons for this, but for many it is simply a matter of fearing man. So I would add my own exhortation to pastors: Pastor, if you’re trying not to sully your preaching ministry with abortion politics, you need to get sullied. Now. There will come a day when decent people will look back on Planned Parenthood’s barbarism with incredulous horror. They will wonder why so many Christians stood by silently as the atrocity went on year after year. There will be great shame and dishonor then for those who fail to speak clearly now. No one will be impressed with your ability to stay above the fray. They will despise it, and rightly so.
I went to this protest because abortion-on-demand remains the greatest human rights crisis of our time. Over 57 million human babies have been killed legally in our country under the regime of Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood is on the cutting edge of this slaughter. It must end.