By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
January 19, 2016
RALEIGH – North Carolina Right to Life (NCRTL) had its 17th Annual Prayer Breakfast for Life at the North Raleigh Hilton on Saturday. The Breakfast was followed by its Annual 2016 Rally on the Halifax Mall and ended with its March for Life in the Capital City.
The event marked 43 years since the infamous Row v. Wade decision by the United States Supreme Court, along with its companion decision Doe v. Bolton, which made abortion on demand legal through all nine months of pregnancy. The result has been a holocaust of more than 58 million unborn lives.
The Prayer Breakfast included various recognitions, presentations, and remarks by the organization, one of which included a reading of Governor Pat McCrory’s Proclamation of January 16-22, 2016 as “Right to Life Week” in North Carolina.
Barbara Holt, NCRTL’s president, read the Proclamation to hundreds in attendance at both the Breakfast and the Rally.
In the Proclamation, Governor McCrory urges “all of our citizens to reflect in a serious and prayerful manner on the role our government and society takes in protecting and preserving human life, both born and unborn.”
To read the Governor’s Proclamation, click here
Featured speakers for both the Breakfast and Rally were Alan and Lisa Robertson of the hit reality show, “Duck Dynasty.”
The Robertson’s made a tag-team type presentation, where each spoke at different times, telling an incredible story of two broken lives and the redemption they found in Christ. The full story is recorded in the recent release of their book, A New Season.
Read the Robertson’s book, A New Season.
One part of their testimony is Lisa’s heart-wrenching decision to have an abortion when she was a teenager.
Hear audio of Lisa Robertson’s testimony concerning her abortion by clicking play below
After having been molested by an Uncle for seven years as a child, Lisa said the experience sent her down a road of not knowing who she was, what her life was about, what men were about, and what her relationship to men should be. “It really scarred my mind and my heart,” she said.
During their dating years, Lisa said she suffered a break-up with Alan, whom she had always considered her “handsome prince.” She said it sent her into an emotional downward spiral that would result in heavy drinking and promiscuity. She started a new relationship with another boyfriend who was four years her senior and became pregnant by him.
Lisa said it was probably the worst news that an unwed woman could find out at the age of 16.
When she asked her parents for advice, they felt the only solution was to have an abortion. Her mother encouraged her to think of her reputation – a reputation that Lisa said was already in shambles. Moreover, her mother said that she wouldn’t raise her child and that Lisa should finish school.
“The thinking that Satan had laid out for me and the path that he eventually took me down was one that I would wish on no person,” said Lisa. “At 16 I went into a clinic and allowed them to take my baby in a very violent way,” she added, encouraging attendants to look up on the internet the brutal way preborn children are aborted.
Lisa described the abortion clinic as “cold – very unfriendly – no one talks – the nurses are not kind – very sterile.” She said, “It’s a very sad place. And that’s what women walk into every day around our country. We need to give them something better than that. We need to give them a place of life, where people are smiling and sharing Jesus Christ with them,” she said.
Lisa explained that after her abortion, she felt tremendous shame for what she had done. She said she could have blamed a lot of people like her Uncle, Alan, and her boyfriend. But, “When you wake-up and you face the reality every day, you understand where that responsibility is. It lies right here with me,” she admitted.
“Until I die, I will always live with regret, because I took away generations of people,” Lisa claimed. “There is no telling what that generation of people could have been.”
Then she went on to claim that despite her regrets, all her guilt and shame had been taken away by God, who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, “for people like me, who needed to find a way of release and forgiveness.”
During the Right to Life Rally, Rev. Mark Creech executive director of the Christian Action League gave the invocation.
Read Rev. Creech’s Invocation Prayer in a Facebook Post by clicking here.
After the Invocation, Alan and Lisa Robertson spoke again, where the couple said they believed there were four things Christians needed to be to make a cultural impact on life.
1. Be Pro-God – unifying around his standard and his grace.
2. Be Pro-Active – teaching and exemplifying abstinence before marriage.
3. Be Pro-Life – believing and declaring killing your baby is not the answer.
4. Be Pro-Love – loving the men and women that have aborted their children.
At the end of the rally, hundreds marched in front of the Governor’s Mansion, the State Capital Building and the Legislative Building. The demonstration consisted of people from every race and every age group, many shouting pro-life chants and holding up signs that read, “Stop Abortion Now.”
“When I attend events of this nature, with so many people, from so many different walks of life and religious backgrounds, I am convinced more than ever before, the pro-life cause is a winning cause,” said Rev. Creech. “We are going to stop abortion – a reality that is not far away.”