I decided to include it here because fewer people would actually drill down to read it if it was only in the comments section. It is worth hearing and I think it is basically right. I will make some brief comments at the end.
The only push back that I would give is that it is not an either/or. It is a both/and proposition. The war against abortion will not be won by political legislation, or Supreme Court appointments or outlawing abortion clinics. Christians who have relied exclusively on these things to accomplish the will of God have been seduced into a cheap reductionism that has been massively fruitless.
Call me a skeptic, but I don't think this war [Abortion] will be won in the political arena. I think it's dangerous for Christians to pin their hopes on ending abortion politically.
Ultimately, this isn't a political issue. This battle is won or lost every day in the heart of a woman. A woman God made and loves dearly. A woman who is scared, desperate, and wondering if anyone cares -- really cares -- about her. A woman who doesn't want to have an abortion -- I've never met a single woman who really does -- but she feels trapped.
Trapped and alone. As Christians, we need to care for these women. In doing so, we are also caring for the precious lives they carry. And the truth is, we don't know who these women are. It could be our neighbor who has already raised three kids. It could be their teenage daughter. It could be the person sitting next to us in church.
I carry plenty of baggage on this issue -- Christians who were happy to scream in my face that abortion was a sin, but not many who were willing to be my friend (or allow their teenager to be my friend) as I carried a child to term and chose adoption. And even fewer willing to hold my hand while I grieved. And fewer still who don't shift uncomfortably in their chair when I bring it up eighteen years later. :-)
Making our churches a safe community in which to choose life is one place to start. (And I know yours is, so I'm preaching to the choir.)
I said some weeks ago that abortion would end today if every woman seeking an abortion knew that there was a loving community that would welcome and care for she and her baby. Lamma Mamma has spoken eloquently to this. So after we have repented of having trusted in illusionary power structures we also need to repent of having failed to love desperately needy girls and women who feel trapped. And then we need to repent of having not prayed enough, not grieved enough, and not worked hard enough to create a climate of hope and redemption in our churches.
And finally, we need to then take action on all fronts, including the political, because, though the war will not be won with Supreme Court decisions, some of the battles in creating a climate for life can. We need to create churches that affirm life, that affirm adoption, that make it easier for parents to adopt, that support young mothers, that train young men in the proper way to relate to young women, and a couple hundred other ways to nurture a culture that is different, radically different from the death nurturing culture that presently exists.