In the 1980′s, no one personified the pro-life movement more than Joan Andrews (now Joan Bell). She was a heroic defender of unborn life, and eventually she served a number of years in prison for the nonviolent rescues she performed at numerous abortion clinics around the country. I had the privledge of meeting Joan a number of times and working with her on a few events. She is the real deal – a living saint (and like a true saint, she would vociferously deny this). She wrote a book about her experiences (which is now unfortunately out of print) called “I Will Never Forget You“, published by Ignatius Press in 1989. It details her rescue work and her unflagging commitment to protect unborn children from destruction.
Imagine now that in twenty years the United States government made this book required reading in the public schools. Unbelievable, right? Well, something similar has occurred in Russia, as excerpts of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s classic “The Gulag Archipelago” – a book banned in the Soviet Union – has now become required reading in Russian schools.
If you told someone when the book came out in 1973 that this would occur, I’m sure they would think it impossible. But nothing is impossible for God. Through prayer, we can make something just as impossible happen – conversion of America to a Culture of Life.
Every crisis is a crisis of saints. Joan Andrews is one of the (too few) saints of our day. The way we will stop legalized abortion is more saints – will you be one?