Pro-Life Icon: Heartbreak Is the Key to Stopping Planned Parenthood


In her new book “Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World,” Live Action founder Lila Rose describes what first motivated her to join the pro-life movement as a young child.

It was her first major heartbreak.

“One afternoon, I pulled from a lower shelf a small paperback creased from wear and tear and gray with age. On the front cover was an image of a sober-looking woman under the title, A Handbook on Abortion,” Rose wrote.

“I was not prepared for the images I saw in that book.”

“I was looking at a little human being during the first trimester torn into pieces by a powerful suction abortion. Heartbroken, I remembered my baby sister’s ultrasound photo. Is this real? How could anyone do this to a baby?”

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Speaking with The Western Journal during Wednesday’s episode of “WJ Live,” Rose elaborated on the experience and on how she thinks this sort of heartbreak is necessary to spur on social change.

In her view, any cause worth fighting for “starts with letting your heart be broken for the people that are hurt.”

“And that is a fuel,” Rose added.

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“So, looking at this child that had been killed, I could see the baby’s humanity, this little 10-week-old embryo, first trimester.”

“It broke my heart.”

From there, even at such a young age, Rose was motivated to learn more about abortion.

She discovered there were 3,000 abortions a day at the time in the U.S., and that the practice was legal and being done supposedly to forward “women’s empowerment.”

It was precisely that “heartache” that inspired Rose to found Live Action.

Since then, Rose’s organization has made its way to the forefront of the pro-life movement, providing numerous educational materials on the realities of abortion.

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Live Action is also well-known for having conducted a number of in-depth investigations into the various alleged abuses and cover-ups reportedly conducted by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry in general.

When asked if more children should be shown these sorts of images and given this sort of education on the realities of abortion at similarly young ages, Rose didn’t hesitate with her answer.

“Of course, I think that’s really hard to do with the existing public school system, but, you know, 12-year-olds are having abortions,” Rose said.

“Yes, young people absolutely need to be educated. If the school system isn’t doing it, and even if they were doing it, it’s up to parents. At the end of the day, the parents are the first educators.”

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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