Broward Country Right to Life has been advocating for the sanctity of human life for more than 50 years! Founded shortly after the passage of Roe v. Wade by the late Dr. Matthew Bulfin, a gynecologist and pioneer in the pro-life movement, the organization has been led for the past 25 plus years by John Aman, president, and Tewannah Aman, executive director. Their mission is to promote the sanctity of human life through public witness, education, church engagement, community outreach and prayer.
Defending Human Life for 50 Years
However, it is this couple’s own personal testimony that is perhaps the most compelling. Shortly after they were married, John and Tewannah Aman lost their child, David Nathan, after a sudden premature delivery at 22 weeks. The baby survived for only a few hours and their dream of having a family was shattered. While struggling to understand why, Tewannah read in the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting that you can have problems in future pregnancies if you’ve had a prior abortion. “Is that what happened to me?” Tewannah asked.
Sixteen years earlier, Tewannah had become pregnant at the age of 18, and although she was initially excited about becoming a mother, she was convinced by someone close to her that she was too young and unprepared to have a child and pressured to have an abortion. The abortionist had not fully explained the procedure to her, nor told her that it could render her unable to have children in the future. Today, you may see her holding a sign outside a local abortion clinic that reads, “I regret my abortion,” she has often shared her testimony publicly and leads post abortion Bible studies to help others find hope and healing.
Working to counteract the misinformation and outright lies of the abortion industry, Tewannah said, “Now I know God wants me to speak on behalf of the unborn, and I have a passion to do that because I speak on behalf of the child I lost to the abortion and the child we lost.”
She first shared her story publicly in 1996 during a press conference advocating for the Women’s Right to Know Bill. Now she brings her message to classrooms and churches, tirelessly educating people about the lasting impact abortion has on the emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of women and the cruel reality of abortion procedures.
In addition, Broward Right to Life efforts include the following:
A faithful team of volunteers stands in the gap for the unborn as Sidewalk Advocates outside local abortion clinics 365 days a year in prayer or silent vigil. And a special “40 Days for Life” campaign welcomes additional volunteers to participate during the season of Lent.
“We know our presence makes a difference,” said Tewannah, adding “We see over 20 babies saved and individuals changing their minds outside abortion clinics each year.”
Since 1989, pro-life advocates across the country stand in a LifeChain offering a prayerful, peaceful witness to the children who have perished and the women who suffer emotional and physical trauma from abortion. More than 30 churches participated in Broward’s Annual LifeChain last year, and the event will be held this year on October 1st, 2023, extending along University Boulevard from Sample Road to Miramar Parkway. Participants hold placards that read “Adoption, the Loving Option,” “Abortion Hurts Women,” “Life: The First Inalienable Right,” and “Jesus Forgives and Heals.”
Guard Your Heart
A biblically based curriculum, Guard Your Heart is geared at prevention with a focus on abstinence education and understanding your true identity in Christ. Tewannah wrote this curriculum and has taught the program at various host churches and schools, offering Guard Your Heart for Teens, Guard Your Heart for Women and a co-ed program, entitled Love Respects and Protects.
Abortion has taken more than 63 million lives in America since 1973 when the Supreme Court declared laws against abortion to be unconstitutional. The Court overturned Roe in a historic ruling on June 24, 2022, but abortion is still legal in Florida through 15 weeks and abortion advocates are mobilizing.
Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are spending millions to make abortion in Florida completely legal until birth. They are gathering signatures to place a pro-abortion measure on Florida’s 2024 ballot. To counter the measure, pro-life advocates are invited to a workshop hosted by The Leadership Institute on how to defend the right to life against this dangerous amendment. It will be held on October 12, from 5-8 pm at the South Florida Bible College. Register at https://bit.ly/Workshop4Life
A Broward Right to Life Benefit Breakfast Celebrating 50 Years will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 9-11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Banquet Hall, featuring Dr. William Lile as the Keynote Speaker. Dr. Lile is a practicing OB/GYN who has delivered more than 4,000 babies. A compelling and entertaining speaker, Dr. Lile gives audiences nationwide intriguing and highly informative talks that reveal the undeniable humanity of the unborn from the moment of conception onward. Dr. Lile’s website is prolifedoc.org.
For more information, visit BrowardRightToLife.org
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