Resolute Cape Town pro-life activist Peter Throp is calling on Christians to take action against the evil of abortion by placing “Value Life” stickers over “the plague” of illegal abortion advertisements all over South Africa.
Throp and a small group of fellow activists wearing specially made t-shirts and armed with A6-size stickers and pro-life leaflets, have launched the “Value Life” revival mission in Parow, an area of Cape Town where Throp says, on April 25, he saw free condoms being indiscriminately handed out to people in front of a rash of illegal abortion ads on streetlight poles.
Throp who for the past two years has prayed daily from about 5am to 9am outside a city abortion clinic, said the condoms incident showed him that “our country is wounded and bleeding innocent blood simply to accommodate our self-indulgence”.
He said it seemed that authorities were reluctant to combat the backyard abortion advertising that was in breach of the ‘Termination of Pregnancy Act’ and municipal law forbidding the posting of advertisements on municipal property without authorisation.
“They have the law on their side and if the law were to use the RICA act and cut off the advertised contact telephone number it would render this advertising useless.”
He said he had tried unsuccessfully to engage the former Cape Town Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, on the topic of dealing with the illegal abortion advertising problem.
Throp believes that he and his group are acting lawfully by placing their stickers on top of the illegal abortion advertisements as they were not attaching them directly to municipal property. They were taking moral action to protect their community.
He said that unlike the illegal abortionists who put up their deceitful advertisements covertly ” we are going to wear our T-shirts and do this mission openly”.
The mission team has also invested in a “Value Life” trailer which ” under Gods direction, we intend to drive this statement throughout our country”.
Need for repentance
In a message promoting the mission, Throp says: “We need to repent for our lack of action to the lie that it is okay to kill our defenceless brothers and sisters in the safety of their mothers wombs.”
He says it is the inaugural “Value Life” mission group’s prayer that other communities throughout South Africa will follow suit and help to reclaim the country’s value for life.
” ‘Value Life’ is not an organisation and has no hierarchy. It has no boss. It is financed by the fellowship of individuals participating in the revival by the grace of Almighty God and by His direction alone,” says Throp.
He says: “The artwork we have may be used by anyone who wishes to have stickers made. Maybe we could saturate our country with ‘Value Life’ stickers.”
He invited anybody who would like more information to call him at 073 280 0555.
East London innovation
In pro-life news from other areas of South Africa, Judy van Aardt reports that Frans van Aardt and Lester Ballard from Stirling Full Gospel Worship Centre in East London, have started distributing pro-life flyers and displaying pro-life posters that include the contact details of a local pregnancy crisis centre. They ask businesses for permission to display the posters in their windows and reward a positive reply with a pro-life DVD, 180 Degrees, copied, with permission, from Living Waters Ministry in the USA.
“They are being blessed by the friendliness and willingness of most business owners and flyer recipients,” says Judy.
She says one business owner asked them why they did not remove the illegal abortion advertisements that were plastered all over the city. They replied that with extra manpower they could tackle the project.
“So if anyone is interested in helping them they are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 043 726 9900. We also hold pro-life rallies twice a year, in February and October.”
In Port Elizabeth, Nikki Vermeulen, the coordinator of a small group of Christians that has been periodically removing illegal abortion posters from poles and other structures for about a year, has invited anybody interested to join the group in an outing on Saturday morning (July 7). The group will meet at the North End Library at 8am and will work in the area until 9.30am. Each person should bring a bucket, a scraper, a spray bottle with water and extra water. Notices about the group’s meetings are regularly posted to the Nelson Mandela Bay Prayer Page facebook page.