Lila Rose urges churches to start pro-life ministries
Prominent pro-life activist Lila Rose first became passionate about the pro-life movement as a young child after picking up a book titled, A Handbook on Abortion. Seeing the graphic images left her heartbroken and was the impetus for her national efforts to save babies' lives.
Rose, now thirty-two, recounted in an interview with The Christian Post how her reaction to the book, which was written by the founders of National Right to Life, was an example of “the power of heartbreak and the importance to let ourselves really be heartbroken by what’s happening.”
After her encounter with A Handbook on Abortion, Rose continued to educate herself on the issue of abortion, a task that was aided by her parents’ subscription to the National Right to Life newsletter. Her passion led her to start a pro-life group in high school that she called Live Action. She eventually began giving presentations on the horrors of abortion all across her native Bay Area and started demonstrating outside abortion clinics.
Rose continued her pro-life activism in college by going undercover posing as a pregnant girl and documenting her exchanges with Planned Parenthood staff. As an adult, she’s spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill lobbying for pro-life legislation and has become one of the most recognizable faces in the pro-life movement.
The founder and president of Live Action has now written her own book, Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World, which offers advice for others interested in joining the pro-life movement and issues a call for pastors and churches to start their own pro-life ministries. In the book, Rose also details what led her to convert to Catholicism.
Recalling how “abortion was almost never talked about” at her church growing up, Rose told CP that churches and people of faith have an important role to play in the pro-life movement. “I think the church, even good Christian people, are afraid of ruffling feathers. They’re afraid of offending […] and many are not educated.”
“They don’t understand what’s exactly happening. They sense that something’s wrong in our culture, there are problems, but we’re so desensitized. Today, we’re so comfortable in many ways that sometimes we don’t see the battle that’s raging,” she added. “So the church absolutely has a role. But … if our pastors aren’t standing up and preaching the truth on Sunday mornings, and […] if our church doesn’t have a pro-life ministry, the change begins with us.”