After Roe, how do we stand for life?

by Michael Miller and Greg Feulner  ·  Jul 14, 2022

The work remains the same for the pro-life community: taking care of moms and babies in their time of need


Roe v. Wade has been overturned, but that only means that the pro-life community’s work remains the same: supporting moms and babies in their time of need.

At Samaritan Ministries, we’re grateful for the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe. The sanctity of human life has always been foundational for us. It’s a vital part of our Mission statement, “to redeem health care by helping the Body of Christ love one another through sharing each other’s health care burdens while experiencing authentic Biblical community,” and of our Purpose, “to glorify God by growing and equipping disciples of Jesus Christ to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love and care for their neighbor as themselves.”

We’ve never shared any Needs related to abortion or abortifacients and have always looked for ways to support the pro-life movement, whether through hands-on efforts or by highlighting members’ projects and ministries in our newsletter. Also, knowing that families experiencing miscarriages are hurting, we show them Christ’s love by sending customized care packages with personalized notes and stories of others who have faced the same type of loss. In addition, we were able to start the Morning Center, a charitable maternity ministry in Memphis and Atlanta, in 2011.

Instead of seeing the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization as a victory, though, we see it simply as a reminder of the situations that remain. Stricter abortion regulations, and outright bans in many states, will mean fewer abortions in those states, meaning, in turn, more women who will be having babies in difficult situations.

And many states continue to allow abortion up to the moment of birth, so nothing has dramatically changed for pro-life laborers.

In a post at TheGospelCoalition.org, Lauren Green McAfee writes that, as the Church, “we must be ready to constructively apply the biblical teaching of the imago Dei (“image of God”) in a way that extends beyond our theology to our everyday practice.”

The church has an opportunity to humbly step in and provide loving, compassionate, holistic care.

Lauren Green McAfee

Imago Dei, she explains, is “the beautiful truth that humanity is made in the image of God, [and] gives all people inherent dignity and value.” That means human dignity is not about what we do, McAfee says, but who we are: image bearers of God.

How does that apply to the Dobbs decision? McAfee writes,

This is not a time to gloat over a victory, nor is it a time to lean back and think the issue is resolved. The church has an opportunity to humbly step in and provide loving, compassionate, holistic care.

McAfee offers several ways to support the pro-life movement and women in unexpected pregnancies.

  • Start an Embrace Grace group, which “exists to help inspire and equip the church to love and encourage single and pregnant young women and their families” or a discipleship group at your church for single moms in unexpected pregnancies.
  • Lead a Bible study or Sunday school series about the imago Dei or something similar. Doing so may enable your church to develop a holistically pro-life ethic.
  • Team up with a pregnancy center near your church or in your town.
  • Create a resource closet or list of resources available for mothers in crisis pregnancies. When they come to your church, you’ll be ready.
  • Pray. Just pray. Pray for pro-life ministries and women’s care centers (like the Morning Center) that provide care to women and families dealing with an expected pregnancy. Then be part of the answer to that prayer by supporting them with your money and/or time.
  • Help post-abortive women and men through ministries like Support After Abortion.

The ways we can help don’t stop there, though. We need to be ready to help the children in need as well. Here are some suggestions from McAfee regarding adoption and foster care.

  • Prepare your congregation to be able to support families in crisis who are at risk of having their children removed from the home.
  • Start an adoption fund from your church, perhaps through an organization such as Lifesong for Orphans so that your congregation can provide grants to families in your community that want to adopt children.
  • Make church members aware of different ways Christians can pursue adoption through Gospel-centered agencies.
  • Are there already adoptive and foster-care families in your church? Start a support group for them.

There are even more resources out there for us to use in our local congregations and to support through our generosity. Just search for “pro-life resources” or “pro-life ministries” on the internet to find opportunities to serve.

One final recommendation is to remember to approach the topic with love. There’s a lot of anger on social media and in the news as a result of the ruling, but, instead of adding to the heat, we can see this as an opportunity to show the love of Christ through our words and our actions. One excellent resource that Samaritan Ministries has highlighted in the past is the organization Justice for All (jfaweb.org), led by member Steve Wagner. JFA has several resources for loving and just ways to discuss the topic of abortion with those who disagree with us.

The effort to save babies and moms is not over, but the Lord will continue to guide us. 

Michael Miller is editor of the Samaritan Ministries newsletter. Greg Feulner is assistant editor of the newsletter.