Has The Pro-Life Movement Lost Its Way?
Published January 19, 2024
Today is the annual March for Life in Washington. The event has me reflecting both on my own career in journalism and on the pro-life movement.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the life issue gave me my career in journalism. I was happy in my corporate career in 1993. I worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global accounting and consulting firm. I had a corner office on the 34rd floor of the Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, N.C. I was a Christian, and pro-life, but I had a demanding job and small children. Anything resembling activism would have to wait.
Then I read a news article saying the state of North Carolina spent about $1.5 million per year to pay for the abortions of about 5,000 poor women. My tax dollars paid for these abortions. I was complicit. That article, for reasons I can’t fully explain, radicalized me.
So I started a small newsletter called “The Charlotte Christian News” in November of 1993, and that began my slow transition from the corporate world to the world of Christian journalism. Thirty years, ten books (some of which deal explicitly about the abortion issue), and a couple of jobs later, I am still covering the life issue.
And it seems to me that the pro-life movement has lost its way.