A Charlotte, North Carolina abortion activist recently wrote a letter to the local newspaper criticizing a pro-life prayer rally outside of a southeastern-based abortion chain.
“While the stated purpose of Love Life Charlotte is ‘to create a culture of love and life that will bring an end to abortion,’ please reconsider whether shaming, intimidating and harassing women arriving at the clinic is the best way to show love and compassion,” Brooke Adams wrote to the Charlotte Observer.
The pro-life prayer campaign has been making a huge impact in the city. Its volunteers regularly pray and reach out to pregnant moms and babies outside the Preferred Women’s Health Clinic, an abortion facility. The group described the clinic as the largest abortion business in the greater Charlotte area, providing upward of 80 percent of the abortions in the city.
But abortion activists are not happy with their pro-life outreach and sidewalk counseling.
“You may not intend for the marching, shouting and posters to cause psychological distress, but this is the effect you have on many women,” Adams continued. “Not only does this not demonstrate love or respect for your fellow human, it is also not an effective way to reduce the number of abortions.”
Adams proposed three alternatives to praying outside of an abortion center, including efforts to reduce poverty and racism, increase access to contraceptives and comprehensive sex education, and increase funding and availability of child care.
Local pro-life leader Justin Reeder stated on the group’s website, “Love Life Charlotte, a 40-Week Journey of Hope, I believe, is God’s plan to unite and mobilize The Church to bring an end to abortion … in Charlotte.”
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“My journey began in 2012 when friends took me to a local abortion clinic to show me the atrocity taking place in our city,” Reeder elaborated. “When I heard the tragic truths of abortion, I was shocked and sad to see so few actively doing anything about it. The Holy Spirit convicted me of my lack of action and I knew that needed to change.”
Love Life Charlotte states that abortion is the leading cause of death in Charlotte compared to heart disease and cancer, the leading killers in America. Nearly 150-200 babies are aborted daily in Charlotte, with 73% of the abortions by women identifying as Christian, according to the group. Abortions are legal up to 20 weeks in North Carolina. Furthermore, there are 1,000 churches in Charlotte compared to three abortion centers, the website stated.
Reeder continued: “After celebrating 10 years in business at the end of 2015, my wife and I desired to know how God would use us in the next phase of our lives. After much prayer, He gave us the vision for Love Life Charlotte by clearly saying, ‘serve the least of these in your city by being a voice for the voiceless.’ Over the course of a week, He woke me during the night downloading a strategy in my heart to end abortion in Charlotte within 12 months by uniting The Church. Yes, it sounds crazy, but with God, ALL THINGS are possible!”
Reducing poverty and racism, and increasing availability and funding for childcare are indeed admirable goals. However, nothing about prayers outside of a building should be deemed harassing to women who have the ultimate decision whether to walk through the door of the facility or not.
At the end of the day, a woman has the choice to say no to an abortion, and grant life to her child. And sometime pro-lifers’ prayers and outreach are the only words she will hear to encourage her to choose life for her child.