2. Let’s pray.
Several weeks ago, a preliminary version of the verdict was leaked. Some abortion advocates responded by vandalizing crisis pregnancy centers or protesting outside Supreme Court justices’ homes. One man even planned to assassinate Justice Kavanaugh.
Now that the verdict is final, some groups are pledging a “night of rage” — threatening violence against the very groups and organizations most positioned to help expectant mothers.
In light of these threats, pray for peace. Pray for law enforcement dealing with the threats. Pray that pregnancy support centers would be spared destruction. And, most of all, let’s pray for changed hearts and minds — that those most angered by the SCOTUS decision would learn to value life.
3. Let’s get to work.
“This case is the end of the beginning. It’s the starting line for new and fresh advocacy,” said pro-life advocate Jessica Prol Smith in a recent episode of the Christ and Culture podcast. And she’s right. The pro-life battle isn’t over; it’s just beginning.
Overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t ban abortions across the country. It simply reverts the question to the states. Some states will indeed see abortion banned, while others may notice no discernible difference.
So, let’s get to work. Let’s be willing to continue to advocate for life locally. Let’s push for changes at the local and state level. Let’s continue to pursue “liberty and justice for all” in our communities.
4. Let’s hold men to a higher standard.
One of the great tragedies of the abortion conversation is that it focuses entirely on the women. But, as Drew Ham once wrote for this blog,
- “81% of women who had an abortion said they would not have aborted if the man involved had been supportive.”
Men, the abortion conversation is about us, too. Too many abortions have happened because men wanted to shirk their responsibilities as fathers. They didn’t take God’s plan for marriage and family seriously.
Let’s use this opportunity to encourage the men in our lives to pursue holiness, not sexual sin. Let’s compel them to be responsible, not slothful. And let’s pray that expectant fathers would embrace their God-given responsibility to lead and shepherd their families, with Christ as their example.
In all the conversations about the end of Roe, let’s not forget men. We can hold each other to a higher standard.