Thousands of advocates for life attended the National Pro-Life Summit hosted by Students for Life following the 50th annual March for Life in the nation’s capital.
Seth Dillon, CEO of Babylon Bee, was one of many well-known speakers at the Summit, including Allie Beth Stuckey, Podcast Host of “Relatable,” Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood abortion worker, and Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America.
Students for Life hosted the event to encourage and activate advocates in the pro-life movement to be courageous on the issue of life.
The theme of this year’s Summit was “Unstoppable.” It was chosen as a direct response to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion across America 50 years ago. Kristan Hawkins explained in her opening remarks to Summit attendees, “It’s good, not evil, that is unstoppable in the end.”
Seth Dillon, CEO of Babylon Bee, was one of the event’s keynote speakers.
The Babylon Bee, a satire website, has been fact-checked, censored, and smeared by the Left for telling jokes that the Left found offensive.
Dillon told attendees that satire is the art of exaggerating the truth to make a point. He described satire as turning a truth into an absurdity.
Ironically, the Babylon Bee has an ongoing spreadsheet of their absurd jokes that have actually come true. Dillon tweeted about the spreadsheet in May 2022 and keeps the list current.
Dillon believes comedy is a vehicle for truth delivery. In his estimation, when the Babylon Bee is labeled as false or misleading by the Left, it’s because the Left is offended by the truth.
He believes there is a war on reality, reason and truth.
“Harmful misinformation is what the abortion industry does every day,” he said.
Dillon told the audience, “There is no such thing as a safe abortion. There is no such thing as a pregnant man.”
He advocated that we must stubbornly resist the redefinition of truth.
The abortion industry, he said, is intentionally and deceptively concealing the truth. They know what they are doing is wrong, and they have to cover it up.
Dillon believes there is an imperative for moral mockery. “Wokeness needs to be mocked,” he said.
In defense of his position, he quoted C.S. Lewis, who said, “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”
The purpose of mockery at Babylon Bee, he explained, is to expose the foolishness of bad ideas—to draw out the hypocrisy.
He challenged the audience to resist the redefinition of truth. “The only thing more costly than standing up to the culture of death is not standing up to it,” he said.
Dillon encouraged attendees to stand up and speak out for truth. He said, “Your boldness will embolden others.”
Allie Beth Stuckey reminded attendees that because pro-life advocates are doing lifesaving work, the world will hate them. She pointed to Jesus, who was described as being full of grace and truth, and Stephen, who was described as full of grace and power. Jesus was crucified, and Stephen was stoned to death.
She said, “No matter how much grace you have, the world will hate you.” Then she challenged the group, “Don’t let the culture’s response to you affect your position.”
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood abortion worker, said she thinks Planned Parenthood has never been weaker than they are right now.
In fact, she believes the FDA’s actions to make abortion pills more accessible at pharmacies may be the final nail in the coffin.
She contends that women utilize Planned Parenthood for one thing—abortion. Allowing chemical abortion pills to be available at pharmacies, she said, turns every woman’s bathroom into an abortion clinic, and it makes Planned Parenthood weak.
Johnson believes that if the abortion movement loses Planned Parenthood, the abortion movement loses.
She told the crowd, “If we fight this like we are in a war, I believe Planned Parenthood will be defeated. One clinic at a time. I believe we will win. I believe Planned Parenthood will be defeated.”
President of Students for Life Kristan Hawkins predicted that the weaponization of the FDA to normalize chemical abortion is just the beginning. She believes the abortion industry plans to move from making the abortion drug available at pharmacies to required at pharmacies, to available over-the-counter, and finally to taxpayer-funded.
She challenged participants to hold the line on the issue of life, “We are going to have to make a choice. Retreat or hold the line.”
Hawkins believes the next major battlefront in the fight over abortion policy will be chemical abortions. Students for Life has created a website to educate individuals on chemical abortion and how it harms people, animals and the planet.
Hawkins also announced that Students for Life will be hosting a special event for the one-year anniversary of Roe’s reversal on June 24, 2023, at the Lincoln Memorial. More details will be forthcoming.
Photo from Seth Dillon’s Twitter.