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The 2009 Rally for Life

By Scott Tibbs, January 19, 2008

Yesterday, about 150 abortion opponents gathered on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn to bear witness against America's abortion holocaust, which has claimed the lives of 50 million unborn babies since the Supreme Court threw out laws against abortion all across the country. Right here in Monroe County 4,597 babies were been killed by abortion between 2000 and 2005, according to the Indiana Department of Health. Broken down by year, these numbers are to the right.

The rally was sponsored by Christian Citizens for Life (an alliance of local churches opposed to abortion) and the recently reactivated IU Students for Life. CCFL has sponsored the Rally for the last two years, and also sponsored a Life Chain last year as well as a booth at the Monroe County Fair and an entry into the Fourth of July Parade.

In Proverbs 24:11-12, the Lord commands us: Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?" The abortion holocaust is unprecedented in the lives it has taken since 1973, and Christians need to consider what they can do to end this killing.

We got a couple of angry shouts during the rally. Interestingly enough, the people upset with us for restricting "women's choice" were men. This is not ironic, though. After all, abortion enables men to have sex without consequence. If a man gets a girl knocked up, he can simply pressure her into killing her child and avoid the responsibility of fatherhood. In this way, "reproductive choice" is actually an opportunity for men to oppress women and force them to deny nature by killing their own children.

We hear a lot about how abortion is just "one issue", something that was addressed during the rally. Yes, environmental protection, the economy, race relations and other social justice issues that are so fashionable with Christians today are all important. But nothing compares to the blood that stains our hands as a nation and a death toll that is several times larger than even the Nazi Holocaust. The true test of compassion and caring for "the least of these" begins and ends with whether one is willing to stand against the abortion industry.

Tomorrow, the most pro-death President in American history will take office, a man so radically pro-abortion that he even voted against legislation to make it illegal to kill a baby that survives an abortion and is born. It is a sad irony that many people are talking about Barack Obama taking office as a fulfillment of Martin Luther King's dream of equality for all when Obama so vigorously opposes equal rights for the unborn. Obama will do a great deal of damage over the next four years to efforts to protect all innocent human life from conception to natural death.

Abortion opponents gather on the square.

Abortion opponents gather on the square.

Todd Young updated the crowd on events at the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

The event was sponsored by Christian Citizens for Life and IU Students for Life.

Some of the signs used at the rally.

Sobering numbers of the babies killed right here in our community.