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Thousands of Americans are alarmed by a newly released video that shows a pro-abortion activist proclaiming that she achieved financial success by having an abortion.
"I'm a millionaire because I had an abortion when I was 18," is the statement that was captured on video by Russell Hunter of Abolish Human Abortion, during the Walk for Life rally that was held in San Francisco, Calif., last month.
Don Cooper, president of World Life, a Christian abortion abolitionist ministry, said that although the woman's statement is disturbing, it is not unusual to hear people rationalize abortion.
"A lot of people think about abortion in the abstract," Cooper said. "Few look at abortion in the context of what it really is: dismembering a baby."
"The conversation with the woman who said she had become a millionaire because she had an abortion took place next to a display that shows the concrete reality of what abortion is," Cooper said.
When Cooper's organization goes to pro-life events, such as Walk for Life, or college campuses, they use a jumbotron video screen and large displays that show the aftermath of abortion.
Even though the displays show the harsh and graphic realities of babies being aborted, Cooper said that World Life strives to engage people in a non-confrontational way, and that they prefer to start a dialogue. "We want to save babies, and we want people to come to Christ," he said.
Regarding the woman who rationalized her abortion at 18, because she later obtained a master's degree and became a millionaire, Cooper said that people often say unusual or odd things at first.
Although Cooper didn't get to follow-up with the woman after she spoke to Hunter, he said that he sees the engagement as a good experience for the woman, because "she has more knowledge," after hearing the gospel and seeing the examples of what really happens to babies when they are aborted.
"We do want to have an open dialogue about this, which is what we believe that all Christians should do," Cooper said. "We are prepared, and we do it graciously."
"We see the politically correct abortion argument fall apart every time," he added. "The logic behind it is insane in many ways."
In Cooper's opinion, Christians have an obligation and a duty to "cast down arguments that come against God." He believes that the Walk for Life rallies and other events are opportunities that Christians have to "speak up for the pre-born."
"Lies will remain and continue to deceive, unless we speak up," he said.