Saturday, October 15, 2011
Statistics of Abortion...
Are you aware of the statistics on abortion?
Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, four in ten are terminated by abortion. 22% of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.
At least half of American women will experience unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, one in ten will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in ten by age 45.
37% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant and 28% identify themselves as Catholic.
(*Statistics from The Alan Guttmacher Institute)
Why do Christians need to talk about abortion?
Because many of the women who have had abortions are sitting in your church’s pews.
180 Aims to Save Lives and Souls
A new film produced by best-selling author and TV co-host Ray Comfort recently debuted online and is expected to reach over a million views by the time it has been out for one month. The new documentary,180 reflects the complete turnaround in the mindsets of each individual that Comfort interviews in regards to abortion. The film features eight pro-choice young adults (mostly college students) who change their stance to pro-life after answering a series of questions.
Many assume that abortion is a topic that doesn’t need to be discussed within the church. However, 65% of women who have abortions identify themselves as Christians. It isn’t just an issue of teens and college students. Over 20% of abortions, the women are over 30. To combat this staggering data the 180 Course is available for churches to address the topic of abortion, including a study guide as well as a second video that discusses evangelism – once lives are saved, souls need to be saved as well.
It was not Comfort’s original intention to create a documentary specifically about the abortion issue. He began taping interviews for a companion DVD for a book on Hitler and the holocaust. In the course of the interviews, one question led to another, and the discussion led to abortion. Comfort explains, “It began with two male university students completely changing their minds about abortion when we asked them one specific question. Then, we took to the streets, and found that six women changed their minds from pro-abortion to pro-life in a matter of seconds by asking the same series of questions. It was amazing!”
Comfort saw this new direction the film was taking, and quickly recognized its potential to open doors for discussion. “I have held up pro-life signs. I have printed pro-life literature and spoken against abortion in pulpits and in my books, but I have felt that all my efforts were almost futile—until now. In 180 we have a nation changer.”
180 is making a vital impact. One viewer writes, “I was at an abortion clinic on the sidewalk (with my laptop), two young ladies stop and watched the 180 trailer. Then they watched the full 180 DVD. One was four months pregnant, the other was three. They were both going there for an abortion; they were both in tears, hugged my neck and decided to give their babies life and choose adoption instead. I cried too. Praise God for 180.”
The documentary is now available for free viewing
online at http://www.180movie.com/.