Sanctity of Human Life Rally planned Tuesday in Peoria

James Lansberry knows that business is all about supply and demand, and he says it’s time to address the demand for abortion.

That means ministering to young women in crisis pregnancies in such a way as it removes any reason to have an abortion, he said.

“It’s a more complete view of Christian charity,” according to Lansberry, who is vice president of Samaritan Ministries in Peoria. “I want to talk about what that needs to look like in our society today so we can meet that challenge.”

He will do just that as the keynote speaker at the Sanctity of Human Life Rally, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria. Sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life, it will begin at 7 p.m.
The rally will be preceded by an open house at the Family Resources Center, 321 Main St., from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the annual Walk for Life to Sacred Heart at 504 Fulton St.

The topic for Lansberry’s talk is “Taking the War on Abortion to the Next Level: Charity and Life.”

“WE HAVE at least three times as many crisis pregnancy centers as we do abortion clinics in the United States. That’s a good sign right there,” said Lansberry, who also serves as president of the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries.

“What we need to do is take that to the next level and figure out how to minister to the mother in crisis so most of the excuses to have an abortion are taken away,” he told The Catholic Post.

One way to do that is to create a “point of contact” that stops that woman in her tracks when she is considering an abortion, he said.

“We need to be looking at what is next door to the 600 abortion mills in our country,” Lansberry said. “How do we get to them at that point of contact?”

He noted that pro-life supporters in South Carolina addressed that by placing a crisis pregnancy center next door to each of the three abortion clinics in the state.

This is also with the Women’s Choice Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, which is located across the street from Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa Clinic.
What it boils down to is “going after the mother with the love of Jesus Christ,” Lansberry said.

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