As a former prosecutor who spent two decades watching man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man play out in a courtroom, Trey Gowdy enjoys being able to highlight efforts that affirm life.  Monday night he did just that at the Vitae Foundation’s Annual Dallas Pro-Life Event. 

“I want to thank Vitae for having the messages of persuasion that are affirming and positive.  Ultimately, that’s where we’ll be most successful in changing hearts and minds,” Gowdy told Vitae supporters gathered at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, who included Gowdy’s former U.S. House of Representatives colleague, Lt. Col. Allen West, actor Chuck Norris and his wife Gena, along with event emcee Don Huffines, former Texas State Senator. 

Vitae President Debbie Stokes spotlighted Col. West, stating that two years at an event like this one, he warned us to “Prepare for the worst,” and went on to say that the work of Vitae was just beginning.   

Colonel West believed that the election of a pro-life president, possible defunding of Planned Parenthood and as many as three nominations to the Supreme Court could cause an even more severe reaction from abortion advocates than what was happening then because of Neil Gorsuch being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Was Colonel West right?  Is it worse now than it was two years ago?  Yes, it is, and we’re certainly seeing a severe reaction from abortion advocates!” Stokes stated. 

When Colonel West stated that Vitae’s work had just begun, he was right.  Preparations were already under way for what was to come.  

Through God’s grace and the generosity of our donors, Vitae has invested millions of dollars in research to better understand the emotional and psychological dynamics impacting a woman’s abortion decision. That is the key to the success of our messaging strategies,” Stokes noted. 

Today those strategies are used in online ads helping lead women to Pregnancy Help Centers (PHCs) across the country.  They are also used daily at PHCs who use Vitae’s research in talking with and counseling women.  Pro-Life organizations are using the research to help hone their own messages by making sure they are woman focused. 

This research has had a huge impact in Texas.  “Here in the Dallas/Fort Worth media market last year, Vitae sent11,146leads to eight local Pregnancy Help Centers.  Of those leads, 5,662 were abortiondetermined women,” Vitae Senior Market Director Stacey Kromer stated.  “Everything’s bigger in Texas! 

Gowdy opened up to the audience, explaining how two decades of cases dealing with child abusechild sex abusehomicide and domestic violence cases caused him to see the life issue in a unique way. 

“My convictions, my beliefs, my thoughts on the issue of life were formed in a very unusual way in a very unusual place.  For two decades I was in a courtroom surrounded by intense inhumanity toward man; surrounded by all that is heinous and bad; surrounded by the alternative to life, as a homicide prosecutor,” Gowdy told the crowd. 

Gowdy told several stories from his prosecutor days that left goosebumps on the audience.  If you want to hear these in person, you’ll have to sign up for a Vitae event where Mr. Gowdy is speaking (watch the Vitae website and newsletter). 

Towards the end of his talk, Gowdy asked the audience, What are you willing to do?  Do you believe in the sanctity of life?  Do you believe in a culture of life?  I know every argument on both sides of this issue. 

He went on to conclude, I also know the one thing that can never be successfully cross examined.  The one argument for which there is no defense.  The one thing that no one will ever be able to successfully cross examine you on is an authentically lived life. 

What are you willing to do to be life-affirming?  How convicted are you?  When I left politics, I had $1 million in a re-election account that will never be used.  What are you willing to invest?  What are you willing to do to live that authentic life from which there is no cross examination?” Gowdy poignantly asked. 

Vitae hopes to reach more abortion-determined woman and spread our proprietary research to more PHCs and pro-life groups than ever before.  With an investment of $25, $50 or $100, Vitae can reach more women and ultimately save more lives.  Help us today.