The pro-life movement is a movement of joy.
And Pastor Jarrid Wilson of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California decided to share that joy more publicly after reading about actress Alyssa Milano’s two abortions, FaithWire reports.
Milano, an abortion activist, recently claimed that her life “would be completely lacking all its great joys” if she had not aborted two of her unborn babies.
On Wednesday, Wilson did not respond with condemnation or outrage to Milano’s comments. Instead, he urged people to respond by showing her the true joy that comes from choosing life for an unborn child. He shared a photo of his wife and children on Twitter and urged others to do the same using the hashtag #greatjoys.
“I don’t know @Alyssa_Milano personally, but I’m praying she really thinks about the totality of what she’s saying on public platforms, especially in regards to situations that encompass the reality of life and death,” he wrote.
— Jarrid Wilson (@JarridWilson) August 21, 2019
Wilson said modern society needs to stop treating children as if they are a burden.
“Children are our future, and a blessing from God, not a burden that so many people — specifically people who are only focused on their own achievement and goals — make them out to be,” he told Faithwire.
The pastor also said post-abortive women like Milano can find forgiveness in Christ.
“I don’t hate Alyssa,” he said. “I want nothing but the best for her, her family, and her career. But I would encourage her, in love, to really re-think the impact her words may have on other people.”
Since beginning the project Wednesday, Wilson’s #greatjoys hashtag has received dozens of responses, including from adoptive parents and those who almost considered abortion.
I became a mom at a very young age. I have zero regrets! Wouldn’t trade them for anything. Please join us and share photos of your children. @JarridWilson #GreatJoys #ChildrenAreABlessing pic.twitter.com/wqehKQAZSs
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— Alexia Limonge (@LovingEndless) August 21, 2019
17 years ago, I walked out of an abortion clinic….
I was going through a divorce and didn’t think I would be able to “handle it” He’s 16 today. Today, am a happily married mother of 4 #greatjoys pic.twitter.com/UTxdXNzZ1p
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— Austin Walker (@austinjwalker) August 21, 2019
Could not agree more. My oldest is the result of an unwanted pregnancy in a country with an extremely high abortion rate and low birth rate. I have always called him my “joy boy.” #greatjoys https://t.co/6Jv48hqhyu
— Elizabeth Lefavour (@Maranathakurios) August 22, 2019
My son John is #greatjoys He is a true miracle and has testified of God’s power by living 15 years, 11 months more than doctors “expected “ him to despite being born with a neuromuscular disease!! pic.twitter.com/TH7cRGfAyo
— Christina Charree (@heavenboundrede) August 22, 2019