I’d like to give you a bit of introduction. Life Advocates began in 1988 when a small group of people decided to organize a Pastors’ Protest Against Abortion in Asheville. Two-hundred people rallied at what was then the City-County Plaza and afterwards we broke up to picket at four locations that performed abortion. Fortunately, other than Mission hospital, we only have one abortion location now. Two have closed. Over the years we’ve had numerous rallies, pickets, and protests, including a Life Chain with 110 churches and 3800 people participating.
The flyer you received mentioned our Ministry of Presence efforts. For 15 years we’ve had at least a minimal presence of one person at “Femcare” nearly every time people are coming for abortion. When we offer help to women we call this Sidewalk Counseling. We need more people to join us. In addition to this outreach we maintain a 24 hour Pregnancy Helpline. Visit our pregnancy care website, www.abortionAsheville.com. For years we held an all night prayer vigil at the abortion site, with a number of churches participating.
Life Advocates has been involved in supporting legislation, both state and federal, that’s designed to protect women and children from abortion.
I as Director of Life Advocates engage in what I call, “literary activism” by writing fictional stories that depict characters who struggle with controversies of the day and the basic conditions of life. Some of the stories are fantastical or speculative, that is, with the genre of Science Fiction or Horror. My novel, Universal Man is a “contemplative thriller” that features people who carry their beliefs about abortion to their logical conclusions. You can learn more about the novel at our website www.chaoticterrain.com. Some of my short stories may be read free at www.chaoticterrainpress.blogspot.com.
Another focus has been reaching out to university students with the Genocide Awareness Project through the Center for Bioethical Reform (CBR). GAP is a large mural containing images of aborted children juxtaposed with images of other historical atrocities. I work with the CBR’s Knoxville office and have been on a team taking GAP to over 50 universities throughout the Southeast and elsewhere, including six of North Carolina’s major university campuses. I’ve been as far west as South Dakota and as for Northeast as Rhode Island. CBR’s national website is www.abortionNo.org. Be forewarned. The images are shocking. The Knoxville office has a softer website at www.prolifeoncampus.com.
The rest of this blog contains articles and photographs from work of ours in the past few years. I hope you will take a little time to look them over. Even more, I hope that you will be moved to become involved in our Ministry of Presence and Sidewalk Counseling. Politicians come and go. Elections are won and lost. But until our nation repents and we finally decide to protect children in the womb, this need will continue, week by week, month by month, and year by year. We are committed for the long haul. Will you join us?