Christian Leader Compares Stopping Women From Having Abortions To Football

| by Michael Allen
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Jim Daly, head of the Christian organization Focus on the Family, compared stopping women from having legal abortions to football at a panel discussion at the Evangelicals for Life event on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

"The commentators on football always talk about the defense getting tired," Daly said, notes The Christian Post. "They never talk about the offense getting tired."

"I'm sick and tired of playing defense," Daly added. "We have the best news, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We should have smiles on our faces. I think in the evangelical community particularly, we've been playing on the one yard line defense for many years. Let's play some offense."

Daly gave an "offense" example of Dave Daleiden whose anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress filmed several undercover videos in 2015 at Planned Parenthood clinics.

The videos were heavily edited in an effort to make Planned Parenthood workers appear to be selling baby parts when they were talking about fetal tissue donation and legal reimbursement.

"That's what I love about what David's done with the videos, what many people in the movement now are going to say, 'Hey, we've got great news. Let's find some ways to continue to reduce the number of abortions, let's find ways to get more people adopted,'" Daly stated.

"We have many tools at our disposal and the biggest one is the culture is moving with us," Daly declared. "Momentum is on our side. Now let's not make it more complicated by being ugly. Let's use the love of Christ to keep that momentum going."

The Huffington Post reported in October 2015 that multiple investigations launched in states because of the videos turned up no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood employees or the clinics.

In December 2015, Republicans failed to get an amendment, allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood, attached to the omnibus spending bill, The Huffington Post noted.

At the same conference Daly spoke at, Trillia Newbell, director of community outreach for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, seemed to concede that the Planned Parenthood videos had run out of steam.

"[These videos] put reality and life to it," Newbell told a different panel. "We can't unsee it. We have seen and we know the truth. I think for millennials and for anyone, we have seen it and we know what is really behind the scenes going on."

"And the thing that I think is sad, and we see this all the time, we get kind of excited about something for several weeks or a month or a day and then it's dead," Newbell added. "I feel like that has happened with this, it is [excitement] and then it's dead."

Sources: The Christian Post (2), The Huffington Post (2) / Photo credit: Focus on the Family/Wikimedia