Fight like David against Goliath
For the past 50 years, pro-lifers have been focused on the national centers of power: The Supreme Court and Congress. Yet, fighting the abortion industry at these levels is akin to walking right up to Goliath and engaging him on his ground. Instead, we need to start at the state and local levels, and engage through all available, peaceful means in states, municipalities, and counties where we know the people believe in God and support equal protection for all human beings. This is why we’re implementing Sanctuaries for Life throughout Missouri, to not only make abortion unthinkable in our communities, but also to raise up uncompromising statesmen and women who will outlaw the killing of pre-born children in Missouri, in defiance of the unjust ruling of Roe v. Wade.
Local laws touch upon pre-born personhood directly, from local health and building codes to child abuse prevention. It’s time to establish the recognition of universal human personhood in these laws, and then work our way up.
Unity for impact
Many times, the average pro-lifer feels like no one is listening; that they can’t make a difference; that the assaults on human life and human dignity are obstacles either too big to conquer or too complex for the average citizen to understand. So we delegate the battle against abortion to others. Unfortunately, too many pro-life organizations have abandoned real, uncompromising grassroots activism in favor of becoming part of the political establishment. Politicians, in turn, have abdicated the sovereign right of self-government to judges and the administrative state.
Personhood Missouri rejects this paradigm and seeks to engage in peaceful activities that defend the personhood of all human beings, without exception, and unite the people of Missouri to have a state and national impact on the injustice of abortion.
Life begins at fertilization. Our legislative efforts in Jefferson City must acknowledge this scientific (and biblical) foundation. Yet, after almost 50 years of legalized abortion, we’ve fallen significantly short. Whether a Life at Conception Act, or a law that denies taxpayer funding for the abortion industry, our legislative focus must do nothing less than affirm the inalienable right to life for all humans, at all stages, and in all circumstances, without exception.
Ballot initiatives are available to us in Missouri for the passage of a Personhood Amendment to our state constitution. This effort can be very effective in raising awareness and educating people on the no-exceptions, no-compromise approach of personhood, and can force a vote on language that cannot be corrupted by legislative compromises. The personhood movement has pursued state constitutional amendments through the petition process in several states, as well as ballot measures at the city and county levels. Local measures significantly improve the chances of passage and lower the cost of circulating petitions.