Reading a recent article here about another abortion center shuttered and bought out by the pro-life community—this time in Toledo, Ohio—I’m seeing more than a few isolated victories.
Guess what? In pockets across the United States, we—the pro-life community—are buying out the abortion industry.
And I thought it was big abortion that had all the money.
Which leads to an offbeat idea. Perhaps it is because I’m stuck in an airport with nothing but time, or because I’m more tired (and a bit mentally unstable) when I travel too much.
But It crossed my mind that perhaps, just perhaps, we could actually drop a “money bomb” on the abortion industry (we’re not talking violence, it’s not who we are; we’re talking economics) that would send one of the most powerful messages imaginable. In the process, we could flip the narrative toward making our ministries the first choice for those facing an unplanned pregnancy.
In one week.
First, let’s admit that what I’m about to propose is far-fetched. Unrealistic. Unfathomable. That’s why I’m naïve enough to believe it is possible.
Stay with me here. On April 15, Americans face Tax Day. It’s the final day to send in whatever we owe to our federal government, which turns around and gives a portion to Planned Parenthood. According to the abortion giant’s latest report, this amount was a whopping $553.7 million.
Theoretically then, the American Taxpayer pays up on April 15 so Planned Parenthood can continue to take and wreck the lives of countless Americans.
So what if, during the week of April 15—those who believe in life gave more? What if we set a goal to—on April 15, no less—raise $560 million for life-affirming ministries and organizations across the United States? And because Planned Parenthood operates worldwide, our non-U.S. friends could set a date as well, and we could have an international day, too. Why not?
What message would it send if we were to announce that in one week, we raised what Planned Parenthood reaps from government in an entire year?
Running the numbers, there are about 2,500 life-affirming medical clinics, resource centers, maternity homes and non-profit adoption agencies in the U.S. $560 Million means an average of $224,000 for each. One week.
You might ask “How?” Me, too.
For our friends in online development however, this shouldn’t be an impossible task.
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Not to get into details, but an effort like this could be set up through www.YouSaveBabies.org, with each individual life-affirming organization receiving the funds designated its direction through individual fundraising pages.
Obviously, $224,000 is an average; each organization would see funds in proportion to its own promotion of the event and the size of its online network.
But think about it. What could we do if we had several months to prepare, and the initiative to get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and who knows what else?
I’m not a detail guy. But what captures me is what would happen if all of us—all over the country and at different times, around the world—promoted one idea for one week; say, April 10-15, 2017.
How would it impact our becoming the first choice, over and above Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, if we raised $560 million in six days? And on the 7th day, we can rest—satisfied with an amazing mission accomplished.
Playing with the numbers a bit more, consider that at an average of $50 per gift, we would need 11.2 million participants. Should someone take up this idea, I promise to participate. So we only have 11,199,999 to go. We’re well on the way.
But if we have 2,500 organizations saying, “We’re in,” and each had an average of just 100 friends who would get the word out on social media, that’s 250,000 individuals blasting the message.
If these 250,000 friends connected with an average of 250 people through social media. That’s a minimum of 62 million connections.
And yet, we can also create connections through postcards, letters, emails, newsletters, church and small group announcements, Christian bookstores; the list could go on.
We could tell all of these who believe in us that in one week, we plan to send a message which could alter the entire narrative regarding life. Everything could change. In one week.
This would not be “another fundraiser.” It would be an historic sea change in the battle for life.
Would we raise $560 million in one week? I don’t know. The truth is, virtually all of us would have to participate and even then, the challenge would be, in a word, “Ginormous.”
So is all of this impossible? Maybe. But perhaps that’s exactly why we should try.