“How we treat the unborn is an example of who we are. I am very proud to be standing here for life,” Sekulow told Vitae Foundation supporters gathered at the Westin Galleria in Dallas last Thursday night.
Vitae Senior Market Director Stacey Kromer excited the crowd by announcing Vitae’s digital strategies have connected 34,348 women with life-affirming Pregnancy Help Centers so far this year (as of August 31). One of those connections was a Dallas woman who searched Google for abortion. She clicked on an ad and filled out a request for an appointment. Then she called Planned Parenthood. While on hold, she gets a call back from The Women’s Center following up on her online appointment inquiry.
“What happens next?” Kromer said. “She hangs up on the abortion provider and takes the call, the call for life!” Vitae’s digital strategies reached this woman before her call to Planned Parenthood. “Without you and that Vitae ad, she would have waited on hold for that abortion appointment, and we know the rest of that story.”
Vitae’s keynote speaker was energized by that story. “The president’s lawyer comes to Dallas tonight because of what you’re doing here, on this issue. For that woman who went (online) and your SEO led her to that PHC in Dallas—because of what Vitae is doing—that is what is important to her,” Sekulow stated.
Sekulow shared many stories, including his mother’s decision not to terminate his youngest brother.
The chief counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice has argued on behalf of women and pro-life causes multiple times before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was there on the partial-birth abortion case—and won—and in the 1980s arguing that opposition to abortion was not discrimination against women.
Sekulow shared he has a current case defending the head of the OB-GYN Department at a large university hospital.
“The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology filed it because he’s advocating a pro-life position, which they think is bad medicine. This is just an example of what is going on today.” Sekulow shared.
In a Texas case, Sekulow helped a nurse who refused to participate in an abortion procedure receive punitive damages, enough for her to put her children through college. He hit Planned Parenthood for $10 million in the settlement.
“The scary part is that they were able to pay it. This wasn’t the national Planned Parenthood. It was a regional office in Texas. They could write the check for $10 million,” Sekulow stated.
Sekulow may represent the President of the United States, but he is a man who never forgets where he came from—his grandfather immigrated from Russia and Jewish oppression in 1914 at the age of 14. His grandfather came with nothing and became a fruit peddler on a corner in Brooklyn, New York. So, the grandson of a fruit peddler became a tax litigator, never intending the path he ended up taking, but there were times when God clearly told him, “Yes, you WILL take this case.”
This Jewish boy from Brooklyn, as Sekulow refers to himself, spoke lovingly about his mother, who he jokingly referred to as “the typical Jewish mother right out of Central Casting.” Pregnant with her fourth child, doctors told her not to continue with the pregnancy. Her kidneys would not hold up. Not only did she refuse to abort, her kidneys held up and those issues never returned with the birth of her son.
The grandfather of four urged the audience to support Vitae’s efforts because “they are literally on the front lines of this industry.”
He explained, “Why do I call it an industry? Because with Planned Parenthood, abortion is their business. It’s also their religion. I’ve done partial-birth abortion cases. I have opposed those doctors. I cannot describe the callousness.”
Sekulow encouraged Vitae to stay on top of the technologies that are helping it reach women with life-affirming messages. Vitae President Debbie Stokes said this was the goal.
“We’re sharing our research and marketing expertise in the pro-life community. We’re reaching tens of thousands of women with messages of hope and connecting them with Pregnancy Help Centers. We’re helping our culture realize that every human life has infinite value. But we want to do more. We can’t just focus on the present. We must look to the future,” Stokes stated.
Sekulow also said we need to be persistent.
“Here we are on the front lines of the fight for life like we’ve never seen. Our job is to offer hope. But to offer hope, we must be really persistent,” Sekulow stated by drawing a parallel to the story in the bible about the unjust judge. “If you see justice isn’t coming right away, you just keep knocking.
“We have to be like the woman in the parable. We need to offer justice and liberty for women who find themselves in a crisis. We’re going to stand for life, and we’re going to support Vitae and expand the knowledge of human dignity for the life of the unborn. When we fight for the unborn, we are actually fighting for ourselves,” he noted.
As he left the stage from his keynote address, Sekulow immediately turned around and said he forgot something. He was supposed to deliver a message from the White House.
“I told the president that I was coming to Dallas to speak to supporters of the Vitae Foundation. I told him about what you do, and he said, ‘You tell those folks I appreciate the work they are doing!” Sekulow concluded.