As a medical student in her 20s, Dr. Kathi Aultman was convinced of two things: God didn’t exist, and women deserved the right to an abortion.
She wanted to help women who were struggling with an unwanted pregnancy. And for Kathi, “unwanted” was the key distinction. Some women wanted their pregnancy. Some didn’t. Kathi felt strongly that she was helping women. She was terminating their pregnancy, not a baby.
It was while she was caring for preemies during her neonatal intensive care rotations that she realized the babies she was caring for were at the same stage of development as the babies she had been aborting.
Once she connected those dots, she no longer felt justified in helping women abort their babies. She realized she wasn’t depriving these babies of only a few months of life, but of an entire lifetime.
This year marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. Focus on the Family has prayed for and participated in the pro-life movement throughout our 42-year history. We believe that abortion impacts both the baby and the woman. A man’s life is often affected as well.
Our goal here at Focus is not to lay guilt on anyone, but to help those in this situation discover healing and hope. As the body of Christ, we’re here to share redemption, love, and restoration. As such, on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “From Abortionist to Pro-Life Advocate: A Story of God’s Redemption,” we’re talking with Dr. Aultman about her powerful story of going from a doctor performing abortions to a passionate pro-life advocate.
While I have your attention, I’d like to ask you to mark a couple of dates on your calendar. This Friday, the 24th, is the March for Life in Washington, D.C. If you can be there, come join an estimated 200,000 people and speak out on behalf of preborn children and women who deserve the truth about their health and well-being.
Then, on May 9th, Focus on the Family is hosting a nationwide pro-life event called ALIVE 2020. These live events will feature musicians, special guest speakers, and live ultrasounds of third-trimester babies broadcast on massive digital screens. I hope you’ll join us in one of five locations for this powerful visual example of the sanctity of human life. Visit our website for information.
Let me also take a quick moment to remind you of the fantastic work pregnancy resource centers are doing to save babies and to minister to their mothers. Focus supports them through our Option Ultrasound program, which provides grants for sonogram training and technology. To date, more than 800 ultrasound machines have been placed around the country, and more than 425,000 babies have been saved.
We’re working hard to raise that number to one million babies saved sometime in the near future. With that in mind, I’d like to extend an invitation for you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. What’s amazing is that it only takes $60 to save a baby’s life by providing ultrasound machines and additional resources.
If you haven’t supported Focus before, why not support us now with a pledge that will save a baby’s life? It’s one of the best investments you can make in the kingdom of God. To make your pledge, or for more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
Thank you for touching others with the love of Christ.