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          “A Day at the Circus”

Written by Angela Michael

September 7, 2005

   What do you find at a circus? Clowns and animals. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  As God’s messengers delivered His mail to the Missouri legislators

   Angela and Daniel Michael traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri to weigh in on the hearings 
of House Bill-1. This was the bill that was going to penalize people and make them be 
accountable in civil court if they take a minor across state lines for an abortion.

   Battle lines were drawn as lawmakers opened public testimony on the centerpiece bill. This 
bill would allow civil lawsuits against those who help a minor get an abortion without 
parental consent. That’s it. No felony. No fines. It targets the Hope Clinic in Granite City. 
Under Illinois law, the clinic is authorized to perform abortions on teens without parental 

   Rep. Jane Cunningham, one of the sponsors of the bill, summoned the police on Angela, (as 
she stood outside in the hall waiting for directions to the testimonial room) after Missouri 
Alliance for Life Director and former CEO of PRC told her we slandered him. What a pity that 
we had to expose he hired a pro-choice Miss Missouri to be the main speaker at Pregnancy 
Resource Center’s pro-life banquet in 2004. Read: “Miss Missouri” on http://www.smallvictoriesusa.com/News/2004/missmissouri.html 

   So three police officers ran to her office and stood guard around Angela. The truth is so 
dangerous! The police then escorted Cunningham and her hand-picked clowns scheduled to testify 
onto the elevators. 

   We made our way to the hearings, praying for favor that the truth must be exposed. There 
were twelve members of the legislature present. It appeared ten were for the bill and two were 
against it. Both sides gave testimony on the pros and cons of the bill. But the most 
interesting came from Angela and pro-choice Rep. Low of St. Louis. Rep. Low asked, “Why if you 
are all pro-life, why don’t you just pass a bill banning all abortions? Why go only half-way, 
and then leave it in the hands of lawyers and judges?” 

   Then Angela said, “This bill isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Who is going to enforce 
this bill?” We stand outside Hope Clinic with an outreach center five days a week and watch 
many underage girls from all over come there. We view on average 150-200 abortions weekly. 
Approximately 30-45 abortions daily. Of those, 20-23 are minors. 80% are teenagers. I have 
stood with many parents and loved ones literally holding them up while their minor daughters 
are undergoing abortions, without their knowledge or consent. Far too many times I’ve seen 
that special covenant between a daughter and her mother broken when Hope abortion Clinic 
assumes the role of becoming the parent and only two and a half hours later, they throw these 
minor girls back onto the streets into their devastated mothers’ arms to resume the 
responsibility of raising this child. 

    Mandatory reporting laws are being broken, and no one is going to enforce this new law 
either. In Illinois, the statutory rape law is not being reported and enforced in Granite 
City, Illinois. The Hope Clinic is its own kingdom, unfortunately. Who’s going to make sure 
they abide by this law? Will you place a federal marshal on that front sidewalk with me? Or 
should we trust Hope Clinic with the honor system? “Why don’t you do as Rep. Low suggested and 
ban abortion altogether!” Dead silence. If you legislators really want to do something about 
abortion, then let’s draw up a bill to ban it all together. An executive order. Then, the 
legislators went in to executive session.

   It’s a shame that they spend all this time and money to pass a bill and nobody will enforce 
it. It’s a pro-life bone to the pro-life community and financial supporters. The pro-choice 
community is happy because they know it won’t be enforced, and how can Missouri legislate 
Missouri law in Illinois? And the pregnancy centers will be happy that more donations will 
come in because they endorsed this worthless piece of legislation, and legislators will be 
happy because they passed this pro-life legislation and retain their office and jobs. If they 
really want to penalize people they should impose a $10,000 fine and a one year jail sentence 
for transporting teens. At least it would be more of a deterrent. We don’t need another law, 
parents need to be raising their children, not the government.

  One other note, not one clergy testified on the pro-life side, all the clergy that testified 
spoke against the bill. 

  As Flip Benham says, “Abortion will end when the Church of Jesus Christ wants it to end and 
not one second sooner.”

   There is a lie that has infected the pro-life movement for the past 32 years. It has 
paralyzed the Church of Jesus Christ. It has moved us from standing upon the Word of God to 
end child killing, to relying upon our own ability to make compromises with the enemy of God 
in order to stop abortion.

   It is the primary reason that we still have abortion in our land today. It has caused us to 
believe that we can legislate this evil out of our culture slowly but surely by education, 
sound reasoning, and political maneuvering. It is called incrementalism. It gives the 
appearance of accomplishing a desired end but, in reality, it only enables the enemy to 
continue killing. 

   You’ve seen the lie of incrementalism in the “all or something” legislation proposed by many 
in the pro-life movement to end Roe v. Wade under the auspices of parental notification
parental consent, and the partial birth abortion ban.

   Incrementalism is a devastating lie that prevents Christians from standing upon God’s Word 
and God’s Word alone. It causes us to make compromises with “the seed of the serpent” that God 
would never have us make. Case in point, Parental Notification and Parental Consent: it is not 
all right to kill children when their parents have been notified. Neither is it all right to 
kill children whose mothers have been given parental consent. A Christian cannot sign on to 
legislation like this, no matter how well intentioned the motive, for it is contrary to God’s 
Word. Unfortunately, incrementalism, has caused us to be ashamed of God’s Word (Mark 8:38)
In signing or sponsoring legislation like this, you have just put yourself in the place of 
Almighty God. He never gave you the moral authority (the bargaining chip) to make this kind of 
a decision. Your duty is to stand on His Word and His Word alone. 

   This bill will not save one baby, but it will cause God’s people to feel good about it. At 
least we’re doing something, when all we have to do to bring this injustice to an end is to 
show up on these frontlines of the battle at the very gates of Hell and proclaim that Jesus 
Christ is Lord, and His laws reign. 

  House approval is expected next week.

  Be encouraged~ Angela            

To support and encourage Daniel and Angela please contact them - 
smallvictories@juno.com (email), 618-654-5800 (phone), 
or write them; Small Victories P.O. Box 143 Highland, IL 62249.