Unfortunately, a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood died today on the Senate floor. A procedural vote to advance the bill failed to get the required 60 votes needed, so the anti-life lobby won — today. Despite this setback, though, Christians should not despair. We may have lost this battle, but the fight is far from over. And truth is, the pro-life cause is actually faring quite well. Here are five reasons to not lose heart even after this defeat.
1. GOP Senators are Vowing to Continue the Fight and So Should We.
Even though today’s bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood failed, that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Already Republican Senators are talking about alternative ways to get the job done — specifically by linking defunding with spending legislation. Senator John McCain, usually one of the Senate’s more moderate members, said that he would support de-funding through spending bills.
“I think most Americans do not believe that their tax dollars should be used to fund the kind of grotesque procedures we’ve seen authenticated,” McCain said. “I would vote for a spending bill that defunded it, and that’s the way it’s going to be … it’s pretty obvious.”
In addition, many of the 2016 Republican presidential contenders have been vocal about de-funding Planned Parenthood. Sen Rand Paul, who introduced today’s bill, released a commercial about the issue. This involvement all but guarantees the issue will be a major part of the 2016 campaign. Surprisingly, GOP senator and presidential candidate, Lindsey Graham, was not present for the vote. Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was the only GOP senator to vote against advancing the bill.
As Gov, I vetoed state funding for Planned Parenthood. Congress should defund PP today. Sign your name if you agree: http://t.co/z4ZvMplwjm
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 3, 2015
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 3, 2015
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) July 31, 2015
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) July 31, 2015
If my colleagues would rather stand with Planned Parenthood than the American people, they’ll pay a severe political price. (8/8)
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 3, 2015
2. Planned Parenthood is Reeling and More Videos are Coming.
“In a meeting with their top leadership, they admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants.” — David Daleiden, of the Center for Medical Progress
3. Momentum is Building.
Even though the videos have been watched more than 5.2 million times on YouTube, that doesn’t mean everyone has seen it… Keep the message going.
4. The Pro-Life Cause, like the Push to Abolish Slavery, is a Marathon, not a Sprint.
In the late 1700s, slavery played such a large role in the world’s economy that few people thought anything could be done to end it. But Christians like William Wilberforce tried anyway. From 1791 to 1805, Wilberforce introduced dozens of resolutions against slavery in parliament only to have them defeated one after another. He was vilified by the opposition. But he organized other Christians, kept pushing the cause, and took the fight in incremental steps. The slave trade was ended in the British Empire in 1807, and he spent the rest of his life pushing for the complete abolition of slavery. Finally, one month after his death in 1833, Britain’s parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act.
“This is the first fruits of our efforts; let us persevere and our triumph will be complete. Never, never will we desist till we have wiped away this scandal from the Christian name, released ourselves from the load of guilt, under which we at present labour, and extinguished every trace of this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, looking back to the history of these enlightened times, will scarce believe that it has been suffered to exist so long a disgrace and dishonour to this country.” — William Wilberforce, speech before the House of Commons, 18 April 1791
Pro-life Christians can follow Wilberforce’s example in our fight to end abortion. We must organize and stand together. We must stand up to the opposition. We must take incremental steps. And as another famous British statesman, Winston Churchill, said, “Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
5. This is a Spiritual War and Our Work for the Lord is not in vain.
At the end of the day, we don’t enlist in this battle because we think we will win or it will make us popular. We fight for the lives of children because it pleases God.