deer may have been reversed, but the fight to protect mothers and babies at the state level has only just begun. The people of Las Cruces, New Mexico are gearing up for this fight.
At an outdoor rally hosted by David Bereit, former CEO of 40 Days for Life, on Tuesday, July 19, life advocates braved the intense heat to listen to speakers and hear a special announcement from Marc Cavalierefounder of the Southwest Coalition for Life.
Cavaliere is no stranger to pro-abortion opposition. He and his staff worked and prayed for years and saw four abortion centers close.
As Bereit said repeatedly throughout the gathering, “Nothing is impossible with God.”
And it’s motivation that keeps these pro-lifers working every day.
The people of New Mexico have an uphill battle ahead of them, but they are fearless. With a governor who wants to make the state an abortion destination and state laws that allow abortion for any reason up to birth, including for minors without parental consent, the New -Mexico will soon be a place where women will flock to have abortions.
One of the facilities these vulnerable women will soon be able to choose from is the Whole Women’s Health Center, an abortion business owned by Diane Derzis who is moving from Mississippi to Las Cruces. Right in front of this building is where pro-lifers have gathered, proposing concrete ways to help women and save babies.
Dominique Davis, executive director of Project Defending Life, spoke about how her organization helps moms and babies, saying it offers financial help, help with bills, counseling, baby supplies, cars , shelter and more for years—to the tune of two and a half million dollars each year. But the need is even greater now.
She said that to date, pro-life pregnancy centers in New Mexico outnumber 3:1 abortion clinics. But with more abortion clinics setting up shop in the state, one reckons it won’t be long before it’s 2:1. She urged all pro-lifers to help in some way and suggested a three-pronged approach, starting with loving our families and treat them well, forgive transgressions and teach the culture of life. She then urged us to love our neighbors by volunteering or helping others. And finally, she asked for financial support from people who can provide it, acknowledging that pro-life pregnancy centers can only give out free supplies to moms and babies if they have community support.
Leah Jacobson, Founder and CEO of the National Guiding Star Project, emphasized that we need to listen to women. In her work, she has found that women are afraid and feel trapped. It is our job as pro-lifers to help women see that there is hope, that they are loved, and that they are strong enough to continue with the pregnancy.
With many liberals unable to define what a woman is, we must rise up and proclaim the inherent beauty of women. She spoke of the need for a different feminism, where women are revered for what they can do – for their ability to get pregnant, give birth and breastfeed. She expressed the need for changes in health care and in the attitude of employers, because no woman should feel that she cannot be a mother and be successful at the same time.
Also, instead of offering free trips or compensation to states where abortion is legal, she suggested that companies provide better maternity and paternity leave, on-site daycare, and more work options. home.
Finally, Cavaliere spoke of the growing need for more resources statewide, for more people to help raise awareness about the evil of abortion and the adoption of womanhood. And he received a round of applause when he announced that the Southwest Coalition for Life had signed a lease to open a pro-life pregnancy center right next to Whole Women’s Health!
Its staff will be there, on the front lines, providing genuine help to women and saving babies. What an incredible blessing for these women and their children!
But signing the lease is only the first step. They need staff, volunteers and health professionals to help them, and they need financial aid. But God is good, and they have faith that he will provide, because nothing is impossible with God.
Mark Cavaliere and the Southwest Coalition for Life are a force to be reckoned with. They won’t stop until the clinic closes because women deserve care that values them and respects the new baby growing inside them. Women deserve better than abortion.
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