NRL News

Authors and Artists Impact Life

by | Aug 17, 2017

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through August 25. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last ten months.

Editor’s note. This column from NRLC President Carol Tobias appears on page three of the July digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to read the entire 37-page issue and pass stories along using your social media contacts.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias

The pro-life movement has, for years, been blessed with many thoughtful and creative ways to spread the pro-life message through books, music, and many forms of art. The proliferation of such messaging is helping to reach new audiences in many different ways.

One of the first books published (1971) was “Handbook on Abortion” by Dr. Jack and Barbara Willke. This in-depth book was a must-have for pro-lifers. In layman’s terms, it described the development of the unborn child and abortion procedures, and gave samples of how to answer pro-abortion arguments. Few pro-life speakers went anywhere without that book.

After several reprintings, including in several languages, the Willkes published a successor book, titled “ABORTION Questions and Answers.”

In subsequent years, there’s been an outpouring of books on many subjects, from scholarly examinations of the unconstitutional basis for the U.S. Supreme Court Roe and Doe decisions to very personal accounts of abortion and raising children with severe disabilities to fiction, music, and art.

For example, back in the 1980s, National Right to Life News editor, Dave Andrusko, edited four books of essays written by NRLC staff. There were books about abortion in general and a human life amendment to the Constitution, in particular.

As the right-to-life movement grew and women who had abortions started coming forward to talk about their experiences, many books were written by the women explaining their situation at the time of the abortion and how that decision affected them.

In recent years, we have seen books from parents who share their joys and heartaches in raising children born with disabilities.

Brandon and Brittany Buell’s son, Jaxon, was born with microhydraencephaly and a brain just one fifth of the size of a typical brain. Jaxon turns three in August and, as his parents say, is “teaching the world about life.”

Lacey Buchanan is caring for a son born with part of his face missing. Although six-year-old Christian has had many surgeries to address the various problems, he has no eyes.

Both families share the challenges of caring for children with difficult circumstances. Their books, “Don’t Blink” and “Through the Eyes of Hope,” respectively, give encouragement to other parents who may be undergoing a similar experience and, for the rest of us, reinforce the belief that all children are special and all children need to be loved and protected.

Sheryl Crosier chronicles her family’s heartbreak as doctors refused to treat her son, Simon, born with Trisomy 18. The book, “I’m Not a Syndrome—My Name is Simon” was written to warn us about secret decisions made in hospitals and doctors’ offices that disregard the wishes of a child’s parents. Simon died three months after being born, when doctors issued a DNR order without telling Simon’s parents.

What I find interesting now is the number of pro-life books written as fiction but with the obvious purpose of making the reader seriously think about what abortion is and what damage it is inflicting on American culture.

Although based on a true event, “An Accidental Life” by Pamela Binnings Ewen, pulls back the curtain on the abortion industry’s dirty secret―babies who survive abortion abandoned and left to die.

Cindy Brunk’s work, “Love Will,” uses a car accident to bring together several families in a hospital whose lives are connected by one woman’s courageous decision not to abort her child. What if she had not chosen life for her baby those many years ago?

In “I’m Not Real,” author Ty Tenbow intertwines the stories of couples on earth, their abortion decisions, and a love-filled “adoption” center where children are loved and cared for by guardian Big Al.

Music can reach people in many different ways. Those who attended NRL Conventions in past years had the pleasure of hearing Jaime Thietten perform her moving song, “My Chance,” which brings attention to the emotional trauma often felt by women who have experienced abortion.

“Let Them Live” was written by a father-son writing team of Ronald and Nicholas Owen. Performed by Melodie Joy and John K Brown, the song affirms the sanctity of life at every stage of development.

I have long enjoyed “I Knew You,” the beautiful painting of Shannon Wirrenga. There are many pro-life artists contributing to the culture through the use of their varied talents, from paintings and chalk drawings to sculpture. Pro-life artists are finding and encouraging each other through means such as the Facebook page, “Pro-life Artists Unite.”

The many ways being used to change hearts and minds, whether it is a book, a song, or other forms of art, enrich the pro-life movement by reaching into various segments of society in new and different ways. The few books and artistry mentioned here just barely scratch the surface.

I willingly acknowledge that I am not an “artsy-craftsy” type of person so I appreciate the work of those who are. And I am grateful that so many are using their gifts and talents to promote the preciousness of every human life.

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