Where It All Began Part 2
January 22, 2008 marked 35 years of legal abortion in the United States. For more than three decades there have been thousands of individuals working toward abolishing abortion. Brad Mattes had the chance to meet with a few key pro-life leaders to find out what got them into the movement, how they took the message of life to the public, and what they anticipate the future holds for pre-born babies.
As the founder and national director of the Pro-Life Action League, Joe Scheidler stepped into the pro-life movement with a burning passion to educate the public about the effects of abortion on a baby and his or her mother. In the early 70’s Joe was looking for a way to adequately show people the development of a child in the womb while also showing them the brutal impact abortion has on their life. Joe found Dr. and Mrs. Willke’s photos depicting fetal development, and dismembered babies, to be the silent example of what was, and is, being done to a future generations.
While the pro-life movement grew larger, the Willkes began taking the educational message to the public on a large scale. Barbara Willke, the founder of Cincinnati Right To Life, was the first to distribute billboards across America depicting life in the womb. In addition, Cincinnati Right To Life was the national headquarters for books, pamphlets, and conference displays. This imagery explained the impact of abortion on human life. By 1975 their education materials had been used across the globe.
Together Dr. and Mrs. Willke, Joe Scheidler, and Margie Montgomery, are confidant the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion will be over-turned. It is not a matter of if. It is simply a matter of when. Education is the key; and these individuals have set the ball in motion. Now it is time for this generation to make a bold statement for life.