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The following is an interview with Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, a Michigan pro-life advocate who is the author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars. Miller shares her thought son grassroots pro-life advocacy and how to stop abortion.
After nearly forty years of controversy, it appears that the war over abortion will not come to a quick and easy end. My hope is that this book will shed a light on one of the most desperate moments in the history of the world – a moment in which we have before us that great struggle over life itself and the meaning of human existence.
–Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, excerpted from the prologue toAbandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars
Part 1: A Story That Needs to Be Told
*Bonus – 5 Tips for Pro-Lifers!
What is the main thing that you’d like to accomplish with your book – Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars?
I want readers to come away with a much deeper, internal awareness of the gravity of this injustice. Abortion will, after they readAbandoned, never again simply be a philosophical debate or a legal issue or an issue within the culture war. But (something that) results in the killing of flesh and blood, individual human beings that are innately invisible and cannot be seen. And so, life just carries on as usual. It’s all so pathetically normal. Everything looks normal and it’s not.
Why should people read Abandoned?
Ultimately, because it’s the truth. And ultimately because it’s the hidden truth. It’s the hidden truth about, I believe, the most important issue of our day. I’m saying things, and revealing things, in this book that have not ever been disclosed. I have had the most unique experiences. In some ways, I’ve been at the right place at the right time. I’ve seen things the human eye is not supposed to look at. And the book is a way to rip off the veil and to help people to see a truth that they otherwise wouldn’t know existed.
In the following excerpt from Abandoned you talk about a college roommate that had an abortion and the impact it had on you.
I left her apartment and stood on the dark sidewalk. I felt dazed and suddenly sick to my stomach. My head and heart pounded with the news of an impending death that I felt powerless to prevent. How could one person stop another from having an abortion anyway?
I walked the short block to my own apartment, entered the bedroom without turning on the light, and collapsed on the floor. I begged God that somehow this baby might not die. But I felt lost and helpless, utterly ignorant as to what I could do.
I imagine this is a feeling that many in the pro-life movement experience. What advice would you give to someone who wants to participate in the pro-life movement but doesn’t know where to start, or perhaps feels as though they won’t have an impact?
You need to educate yourself. Her abortion caught me completely off-guard. Why should you be prepared? Why should anybody be prepared to have to deal with a murder that’s suddenly been thrust upon you? Who’s prepared to deal with that? But this is what our culture really is now. You don’t know what to do. You don’t know how to respond.
My advice is — educate yourself:
1) Read some good books that provide you scientific material on the development of the unborn child.
2) Educate yourself on arguments that the other side uses to justify their position.
3) Know a little bit of history: How is it that we got Roe vs. Wade? What is Roe vs. Wade? And what was the aftermath of Roe vs. Wade?
4) Every pro-lifer ought to have a stack of literature: literature on fetal development, literature on crisis pregnancy centers, literature that explains arguments from the other side and the pro-life arguments in response. Have that ready. Even have it in the glove compartment in your car, in your locker at school, carry it around in your briefcase, because you just don’t know when the situation is going to come up when you are going to at least say, ‘Please do not get that abortion. Here is some literature, here is my card, here’s my phone number. Let’s talk, let’s see what we can do.’
5) The biggest handicap for any pro-lifer is simply being afraid to say something and to take that risk to step out of your comfort zone. Do it for the sake of the women and ultimately for the sake of that innocent unborn child.