October 21, 2019
Many of you have likely read that Planned Parenthood recently announced the opening this Wednesday of an 18,000-square-foot “mega” abortion clinic in southern Illinois.
It is located just 13 miles from Missouri’s last abortion clinic in St. Louis, and close to several states (Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri) that—unlike Illinois—have pro-life laws in place that protect unborn children and pregnant women. Planned Parenthood will provide both chemical and surgical abortions at the new location, and as many as 11,000 patients are expected annually.
As one of our Board members so eloquently stated, “Evil never rests, and if history is any indication, it never will.” So as we wrestle with the reality of the horrific happenings inside this clinic—and all the others—we cannot allow ourselves to get stuck in sadness or hopelessness.
God reminds us in Romans 12:21 that we should “not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” And that is exactly what we do each time we take meaningful action on behalf of pregnant women, so that they never even consider crossing the border to Illinois for abortions.
At PCC, we work with women and men each day who come to us overwhelmed by their circumstances and contemplating abortion as the “quick fix” the culture tries to sell them. But as we meet them right where they are with compassion, and offer hope, a healthier perspective and practical resources, we see that choosing life becomes not only possible, but desirable, for them.
Creating a culture that values all human life is within reach, and I’m convinced that pregnancy resource centers (PRCs), like PCC here in Springfield and 2,500 others across the country, are a pivotal part of the solution. But it takes all of us doing what God has asked us to do – whether that’s praying, volunteering, giving financially, advocating for PCC in other ways or all the above.
We don’t have massive marketing budgets or worldwide name recognition. But we do have everything we need—a hope that heals, the power of prayer and a community of PCC partners walking out this noble mission every day in a million little ways.
And for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.