40 Days for Life is gearing up for another Lenten season of saving lives. However, Jeannie Ludlow, member of the Abortion Care Network, has likened these brave pro-lifers to the devil tempting Jesus in the wilderness.
The First Temptation
After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4: 2-4
Ludlow writes that the campaigners’ pro-life messages to those entering clinics for abortions is like Satan tempting Jesus to end his hunger and turn stone to bread. She says, “…the campaign (40 Days) urges our patients to shift their priorities, to turn their backs on their commitments to their families and themselves.” What Ludlow fails to see is that this temptation is about our basic fears of survival and making our priority heaven rather than earthly worries.
The question many women ask when facing an unplanned pregnancy is that of how she will survive. How will her education, her career, her bank account, her freedom survive with a child to care for? If you have the power to end your pregnancy, as Jesus did to turn stone to bread, why wouldn’t you? Why didn’t Jesus turn the stone to bread? Because He placed the spiritual over the physical. He trusted in God’s word. Why is abortion wrong? Because it goes against everything Jesus taught. It ignores God’s word and tells Him that humans know better than He does and can decide which of us should live or die.
The Second Temptation
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4: 5-7
Ludlow writes that 40 Days for Life tells pregnant, financially struggling women to “ignore the reality of their lives and test God’s ability to take care of them.” However, giving birth to a child despite the obstacles in your life is not about testing God, but rather about trusting God. He entrusts the care of these children to their mothers. Therefore, to abort your child is to test God and what He has planned for you. To abort your child is to ignore God rather than letting him work through you and lead you on your path.
The Third Temptation
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. All this I will give you, he said, if you will bow down and worship me. Jesus said to him, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Matthew 4: 8-10
Ludlow writes that when pro-lifers offer to supply pregnant, fearful women with diapers and other baby needs it is equivalent to Satan offering Jesus everything if He serves him instead of God. Satan is tempting Jesus with power, with pride, with vanity. He is setting a trap, as are abortionists. The abortion providers would like women to believe that keeping an unplanned baby will interfere will building a successful life. They claim that your dreams of an education, or a career, or of providing your future children with a life full of material things will be ruined by having this baby now. But it simply isn’t true.
Abortion proves our worldly desires are often more important than the life of our child. According to Guttmacher, the former Planned Parenthood’s research arm, 74% of women abort their child because that child would interfere with her education, work, or care of other dependents. 73% said they could not afford the baby. So if there are people willing to step in and help so that she can keep her baby, they are doing the work of God, not the devil.