It’s incredible what a person puts themselves through for a 3 minute period of their life. But the three of us that testified for the Post Abortive woman was the tip of the iceberg of the millions of women that are hurting and despondent after suffering losing a child through abortion. That being said, everything out of my mouth in that committee room had to be effective and poignant.
I don’t cry, although I wanted to; I don’t beg, even though there are times when I feel like I should – instead, I hit right between the eyes with hard core facts.
The day before I testified, we received a letter from one of the senators that sits on that particular committee that would hear testimony for the Heartbeat Bill. This senator wrote this nearly lyrical letter telling me her side of her prolife story that is not prolife at all. It read as if she was trying to get me to turncoat. Let me put that in the ‘SOOO not going to happen’ file. Interestingly, she never looked up once while I testified. I’m not sure what she was trying to accomplish, but this salesperson (me) knows a load of crap when I see it.
Needless to say, the letter kind of sat me down for a minute – I realized that my ministry and opinion was much more important than I imagined to get the notice of a state senator.
There were many queries and subjection. That environment breeds that, unfortunately. I guess the one question a church going (self professed) prochoice senator asked was where this prolife group that backed the bill got their money. How ironic asking a pitiful question that had no credence to the witness at hand, particularly since Planned Parenthood was sitting in the back…quietly sucking up my tax money to sit there.
The Heartbeat Bill is cultivated and cared for by the most incredible people that I’ve ever met. You see, in ministry you hear that Christians are supposed to care for the sick, feed and clothe the less fortunate, give someone a warm place to sleep if they need it, and even visit them in prison; but more often than not, these people are forgotten or ignored, even by the Church. So to see a group of people that care so much for unborn people they may never meet, moms that need help and discipleship, and even grieving post abortive women and men absolutely takes my breath away. They give me renewed hope and a glad heart.
I am strengthened and humbled. Supporting the Heartbeat Bill is part of my healing and my ministry:
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1Timothy 6:12, NKJV