Friday, September 19, 2008

Tough Questions Series - What Would The Punishment Be If Abortion Were Illegal?

Tough Questions Series - What Would The Punishment Be If Abortion Were Illegal?

This is probably one of the toughest questions to answer as a pro-lifer and I fully expect to receive a lot of hate mail about this commentary. I have had this discussion with many people who have solid pro-life views, yet are confused as to how they feel about the laws and punishment when it comes to abortion. People ask me what happens to the women and doctors if we overturn Roe. vs Wade.

My first response is that the end goal of the pro-life movement is over turning Roe vs Wade. We absolutely want that to happen, however, that is only the first step. Overturning Roe will only send the decision back to the individual states for them to pass laws. Most likely any law passed by a state will then be challenged in court and end up right back to the Supreme Court.

The end goal is to establish that life begins at the moment of fertilization. This will only be achieved with a paramount Human Life Amendment to the Constitution. With a Human Life Amendment we can establish the starting point in a human persons life that cannot be challenged by any court. This will give children in the womb the same rights and protections under the Constitution as any other human person.

This is where the dilemma of the question begins. Do you truly believe that a child in the womb is a full human person? Do you believe that the unborn child is equal in value as a three year old child playing on a playground? As a pro-life advocate I do not see how you could answer no to either of those questions.

The core of the pro-life argument is that every single human person from fertilization to natural death should be protected. If we say that the child in the womb is a human person and that their life is already begun, then how can we say they should not be protected equally?

The problem comes when we look at this from the wrong direction. Whenever I debate someone who is defending abortion the first thing they try and do is steer the argument onto rabbit trails. They will bring up all of the emotional situations and try to only argue from the extreme cases. They do this because they know if they can tug the heart strings of those in the audience they can sway them and distract them from the truth.

The same thing happens when I discuss the issue of punishment for abortion with pro-lifers. They talk about the desperate women who knows it is illegal but can't afford her baby? They ask if she should really be held accountable for just trying to make a hard decision? We have no way of knowing what is going on in her life or what she is going through.

I admit there is an emotional element to this that can blur the issue. I know that no one wants to go throwing thousands of women in prison. It is sincerely a tough question.

Lets change the direction we look at this however. Just like in my debates against pro-abortion advocates, I would steer away from the distractions and focus on the core issue. What is abortion? Abortion is the killing of a human person. Just like stabbing a three old on a playground is killing a human person, stabbing a baby in the womb is also killing a human person.

If we establish a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution declaring that children are full human persons from the moment of fertilization, then we must treat them as such.

When the woman in Texas drowned her five children several years ago, what was your thought on her punishment? Did you believe because she had some rough times at home she should be excused from what she did? The fact is, she killed her five children and had to answer to the law. While we might feel sorry for her emotional state, we must also want justice for the five children who were killed.

In the same way, we must look at the children in the womb as equal in value as the children who were drowned and demand justice for them also. We can certainly feel empathy for what a woman might be going through, however, that cannot change the fact that she has broken the law and ended the life of her child. We know there is forgiveness is Christ, but justice must also be served.

If we make a separate law and separate punishment for someone who has an abortion then we are saying that the child in the womb is somehow not as valuable then any other human person killed. If we say that intentionally killing one child is less of a crime then intentionally killing another child, then our whole argument for life is destroyed.

I know many of you are probably upset right now or even confused or torn about what you think. I understand completely. I have spent 17 years thinking about this question and going over every possible way to look at it. The one constant thing that I always come back to is the fundamental right to life of every human person, and I will not stop fighting until every child is protected.

What do you think?

For Christ I Stand,

Bryan Kemper -

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Stand True Mourns Our 5 Year Anniversary

Stand True Mourns Our 5 Year Anniversary

Most organizations would want to celebrate their fifth year as an organization. While I am excited about what God has done with Stand True over the last 5 years, I am not excited that we have to exist. With every passing year, that is another year that children in the womb are not protected as human persons.

I want to thank all of you who have been supporting this ministry, both financially and through your prayers. God has used us to change hearts and save lives. We have seen so much growth in the Christ centered pro-life movement and we are looking forward to continuing the work God has set before us.

Here are just a few things God has done over the past five years.

The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity has grown into one of the biggest pro-life events in the world. Last year, students from more than 4,600 campuses in 19 countries participated in the event. This year we already have more than triple the registrations we had at this time last year.

The National Mother's Day Baby Shower has helped provide much needed resources for homes for unwed mothers and crisis pregnancy centers.

We have built a network of tens of thousands of pro-life youth that are dedicated and passionate about bringing an end to the abortion holocaust and building a culture of life. We have been able to educate, equip and activate them through our use of the internet. Stand True's use of social networking has been unparalleled and was the subject of a thesis for a UCLA grad student last year. Just this week, we launched our own social networking site just for pro-lifers to help them connect with others across the nation. See site at -

We have developed a line of pro-life, chastity and modesty clothing, educational resources and tools for young people that are relevant to this generation. Through the use of original artwork, photography and graphic art done by this generation, we can reach young people with a message that is both educational and cool.

Stand True is a pro-life movement that young people can connect with and take ownership of. We provide them with material, education and events that they can participate in and reach their generation with. We are able to communicate with this generation in a way that they understand and relate to.

We are developing literature that deals with all of the tough questions they will face about pro-life in a way that is simple, logical and easy to grasp. We are answering the questions that they have, not just what we want to tell them.

You have stood with Stand True for five years now and we are grateful for your support. We also need your help to enter into the next five years at full speed. If you have believed in our work enough to support us financially, do you believe in us enough to ask your friends and family to support this work?

We have set a goal this year to gain 200 more supporters of $30 a month. These can be individuals, youth groups, families, churches, businesses or anyone. We want to hire two full time people in the next year to help make this growth possible. We also need to buy a second van and trailer to extend the summer outreach to the west coast. We are also going to attempt to tour with the largest secular concert festival in the nation, Warped Tour. Imagine how amazing it would be to have a pro-life booth at every stop of this concert tour.

We just purchased a dedicated web server today to help us expand our online capabilities. We have been working with one of the best web designers to develop our web sites and expand our capabilities on the internet. We have had custom web engines built for the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity web site that enabled students from all over the world to register instantly. We are just beginning to tap into the resources that are available online to help in this work.

Our promise to you for the next five years is to never give up or slow down in this fight. We know it is a hard and uphill battle but we are committed to seeing an end to abortion and a culture of life established in this country. Please continue to pray for us and the work at hand.

If you would like to receive our monthly support letter through the mail, please send your mailing address to

We are also starting a special e-mail version of our support letter that will go out once a month to help us save money on postage and printing. If you would like to get that seperate support e-mail, please send the e-mail address you would like us to use to

For Christ I Stand,
Bryan Kemper -

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

DNC Pics

Here are some pictures of a few of the activities we did at the Democratic National Convention. Some sidewalk chalking, a press conference and the Children's Wall of Flowers at the entrance to the DNC.