My team was on the sidewalk speaking as we always are on behalf of the unborn when we got the news: Roe v. Wade had been overturned by a 6-3 decision of the Supreme Court. As soon as I got the text, which was seconds after the decision, I raised my arm and pointed to the heavens. My team instantly knew what I was communicating. I was overcome with joy as I hugged each member. We quickly contacted the people who were organizing an impromptu worship and praise service on our Love Life property next door to the abortion center. The pro-abortion crowd was silent … probably for the first time in history.
Helicopters were circling overhead. News trucks arrived and lined the sidewalk. Reporters were swarming along the street in their beautiful dresses and nice outfits, broadcasting live in front of cameramen. They begged us for interviews but we declined. We did, however, allow ourselves to react to one of their questions: “How do you feel?”
“Overjoyed! I was alive when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. I never thought I would see it overturned in my lifetime. We are overjoyed.”
We all know that our state of North Carolina will continue to do abortions for the immediate future. There are many states who will now severely limit or completely abolish abortions. I know that this does not end abortion in our nation; however, for this day, I don’t want to focus on the battle that remains. For this day, I want to recognize that a great evil and injustice has ended on a national level. Our country no longer recognizes abortion as a national “right.” I praise God for that!
Tomorrow, I will worry about the continuing holocaust at the abortion center where we minister. Since surrounding states are likely to end or restrict abortion, the facility where we minister is likely to become excruciatingly busy. It is already the busiest abortion center in the southeast. Already 40 to 50 babies die almost every day there. I cannot imagine it getting busier, but I know it probably will.
Nonetheless, for today we rejoice. Many of our sidewalk counselors who could make it with the last-minute notice came to join us for our little worship service. At the end of that service, a woman pulled over to the curb. The Charlotte City Director, Jonathan, approached her car. She told him she longed for children but could not conceive. She was angry at God. She wanted prayer.
Jonathan prayed with and shared the Gospel with her. On this historic day when the national right to murder unborn babies ended, a woman who could not conceive wept and submitted her life to the Lord.
So for today, we rejoice, knowing tomorrow the church will again rise up and meet these women in their time of need.
But on this historic day, we rejoice.