The two videos below document the birth stories of Baby Eleanor and Baby Logan. Both Eleanor and Logan were diagnosed with lethal fetal anomalies, and were assumed to be "not compatible with life" after birth. Instead of turning to abortion, their families received support from the perinatal hospice team at Choices Medical Clinic (Wichita, KS), and were empowered to embrace whatever time they could have with their babies. Witness their incredible stories for yourself, in the videos below.
Please pray that God will cause hearts and minds to change as a result of conversations created by our staff, volunteers, and audience members:
Chanhassen, MN: 9/30 — Interactive Workshop — St. Hubert Catholic Church (124 attended)
Minneapolis, MN: 10/2, 10/3 — Ten-Foot Kiosk Outreach Event — University of Minnesota
St. Louis, MO: 10/22 — Interactive Workshops — Respect Life Convention (80 attended)
Albuquerque, NM: 10/22 — Interactive Workshop — University of New Mexico (12 attended)
Albuquerque, NM: 10/23, 10/24 — Kiosk Outreach Event — University of New Mexico
Bel Aire, KS: 10/28 — Presentation (Grace Fontenot) — Church of the Resurrection - Closed event
Kennesaw, GA: 10/30 — Interactive Workshop — Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA: 10/31, 11/1 — Kiosk Outreach Event — Kennesaw State University
Del City, OK: 11/10 — Chapel Presentation, Interactive Seminar — Christian Heritage Academy
Norman, OK: 11/11 — Interactive Workshop — Christ the King Presbyterian Church
Norman, OK: 11/12 — Interactive Seminar — Trinity Baptist Church
Norman, OK: 11/13, 11/14 — Large Exhibit Outreach Event — University of Oklahoma
When you discuss abortion with others, you’re almost certainly going to hear concerns about suffering — the suffering the pregnant woman is experiencing now and the suffering she and the unborn child will experience soon if she doesn’t get an abortion. Intern Susanna Buckley described an amazing conversation in JFA’s October 2017 Impact Report in which she helped a young woman see a different perspective on suffering. You can learn another approach from the example of JFA trainers in actual conversations featured in our “Trot Out the Toddler” Newsletter Collection. Then use what you’ve learned in a conversation (see below).
Use Joanna Bai’s recent post, “Is Suffering Ever Better?” to start a conversation about abortion in a natural way. It features a panel from JFA’s Art of Life Exhibit including a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. Share the post on social media or email the link to a friend. Just as the post doesn’t downplay the difficult circumstances and suffering which confront many women considering abortion, we should acknowledge that suffering early in our conversations, affirming the sympathy many feel. In this way, our love for all human beings, both before and after birth, becomes evident to the person we’re trying to reach, commending our message.
This panel from JFA's Art of Life Exhibit features "Sorrowing Old Man (At Eternity's Gate)" by the famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1890). He completed it only two short months before his own death.
Nearly every reason for obtaining abortion relates to some form of suffering, whether experienced by the woman at the moment of her decision, or which the woman fears she or her child will undergo in the future:
- "My parents will hate me if they find out I'm pregnant."
- "My boyfriend will break up with me if I don't get the abortion."
- "I definitely can't afford to care for a baby now."
- "I don't even know who the father of the baby is - I don't want my child to grow up without a dad."
- "My education and career goals will never pan out if I have a child to raise on my own."
- "Pregnancy is making me unbearably sick - I have to remain on bedrest just to keep the baby alive."
- "This baby has a lethal fetal anomaly and will die at birth. I don't want my child to go through that, and I don't think I can watch him undergo that much suffering."
The "Suffering" panel shown nearby states, "The art of life is better than abortion." Do you agree that it is better for a woman to endure suffering than for a child to be killed by abortion? And if it is likely that a child will suffer, do you think that allowing that child to endure suffering is better than killing him or her by abortion? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below; or better yet, share this post with a friend and start a conversation.
(For more information about the painting, including insight from Van Gogh himself into the work's intended meaning, see JFA's Art of Life Exhibit page.)