"So what do we do now," he continues. "Accept that this is the new normal and learn to live with it? Continue to cry out to lawmakers deafened and blinded by their newfound power? Work strenuously for new lawmakers to try to repair the damage done? Pack up and leave the state for saner pastures? I would like to suggest a few more encouraging responses."
"Just because these laws have been forced upon us does not mean that more children have to die," Charles contends. "What if we turned our energy and frustration toward making sure women never feel so trapped that they feel they must make that horrible choice? I am recommending four positive responses to this seemingly hopeless situation."
The first of Pastor Charles' four points is crucial: education.
"The more we learn scientifically about the development of the child in the womb, the more unthinkable abortion becomes," he says. "More and more children are surviving at earlier and earlier stages of development, some as early as 22 weeks. As we learn more about the child’s ability to feel pain, we are less inclined to allow barbaric dismemberment and other means of execution. Watch some videos, read some articles, share the wonder of what you’re finding about this amazing thing called life."
"The second involves direct action. Get involved with a pregnancy center," Charles suggests, being on the board of a local pregnancy center himself.
"These centers welcome — with open arms and a total lack of judgment — the mothers who are wrestling with this unthinkable decision," the pastor explains. "These centers also provide support to the mother who chooses to continue with her pregnancy. They provide ongoing support and education to help in the raising of their children. Make sure the woman doesn’t feel alone when being pressured by her boyfriend or other man in her life not willing to support her."
Next, Pastor Charles declares, New Yorkers and pro-life advocates nationwide must "never empower these morally bankrupt lawmakers to act this way again."
Rather than abdicate our responsibility as participants in our democratic republic, Charles says each individual must "make sure you know where your Assembly, Senate and gubernatorial candidates stand."
"Vote your conscience, since they obviously lack one of their own," he boldly states. "You bear responsibility for the lawmakers who work for you."
Lastly, and most significantly, Pastor Charles encourages us all to pray. "Pray for those lawmakers to repent and move toward a more rational, moral and compassionate justice. Pray for our society, for healing from our selfishness and coldness of heart that allows us to move in this horrible direction. And pray for yourself, for the conviction and strength to take action."