Editor, Times-Union:

I have been involved with the local pro-life movement for over 30 years. Many of those years have been as the executive director of Right to Life of North Central Indiana. Throughout my ministry, I’ve encouraged pastors to speak out for the protection of the unborn and for the support of their mothers. I am grateful for pastors in this community who do so. However, based on my experience, I am convinced many, if not most pastors, are silent on the defining moral issue of our day, abortion, despite the clear command of Proverbs 31:8, to “speak up for those who have no voice.”  

I frequently hear from churchgoers who are grieved by the silence of their pastors. This should not be. Churches should be speaking out and helping their congregations understand what abortion really is and how it negatively impacts those involved.

So, allow me to ask a few questions of your readers who attend church regularly. When was the last time your pastor devoted an entire sermon to the issue of abortion? Has your pastor ever encouraged you to participate in the October Life Chain? Over the past few weeks, have you heard your pastor mention, let alone celebrate, from the podium the overturning of Roe v. Wade, or has this monumental SCOTUS decision been ignored? Has your pastor passed on to you the following news items: 1) that because Roe has been overturned, an Indiana legislative special session would begin July 25th and offer the opportunity to address current abortion laws in Indiana? 2) that a “Love Them Both” rally was scheduled for July 26th in Indianapolis and that Right to Life was providing a free bus ride for those who would want to attend? 3) that Indiana Right to Life called for a Day of Prayer for Sunday, July 24th, asking God to give our legislators wisdom and courage in the upcoming session and affirm that every life has value? Were there any prayers in your church on Sunday, July 24th related to the affirmation that every life has value and the effort to pass a strong pro-life bill?

God has presented us with an historic opportunity to protect unborn babies in Indiana while finding even more ways to compassionately support mothers through their pregnancies and beyond. If your pastor is silent about abortion and this historic opportunity, would you respectfully ask him or her why? After all, if you want your pastor to speak about abortion you may need to speak to your pastor about abortion. Right to Life can provide you with materials to speak with your pastor. Contact us at info@nci4life.org.

Dave Koontz

Executive Director

Right to Life of North Central Indiana