SCOTUS Isn’t Our Only Option; Pray, Witness, and Starve the Beast


The recent leak that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade has injected a wave of hope for pro-lifers across the country. It is almost surreal for those of us who have long supported the culture of life through prayer, financial support, and personal witness. But regardless of the legal outcomes, Christians have another tool in our boxes to support life: defunding the abortion industry by taking our hard-earned health care dollars elsewhere.

Over the past few decades, forces have worked to move abortion from a tragic occurrence to a health insurance line item many unwillingly support through premiums. Word gymnastics and vague, euphemistic language have blurred the procedures included in standard health insurance plans. But the reality is different: if we have health insurance, we’re involuntarily funding the abortion procedures that run counter to a culture of life and Christian Biblical values.

Many of us have felt trapped in a Catch-22, with what we thought were our only options for healthcare. We’ve looked to the law — which certainly requires an admirable degree of faith — to right the wrong. However, as we have clearly seen, many in office have placed little to no concern on what are considered dated moral values, let alone simple and affordable healthcare options. Eight years ago, we realized that legal protections don’t have to be our only option to protect the lives of the unborn.

We decided to make our voices heard by rejecting corporate insurance altogether. We have four children and rather than pay thousands of dollars a month for traditional health insurance that had failed us in the past, we decided to join a Health Care Sharing Ministry nearly a decade ago. It’s not just being part of a community that shares in our family’s health care costs that brings us peace of mind, it’s knowing our hard-earned money isn’t going to fund unethical treatments and procedures.

Just this spring, the remains of five aborted babies were discovered discarded in Washington DC – our nation’s capital. How did our country get to this point where there is debate about the legality of these findings? We know we can’t change the world, but we can serve the Lord with what he’s provided us with, raise our children to revere and protect life, work to change the hearts of those we meet, and be aware and deliberate of how our money is used.

As long as Health Care Sharing Ministries exist, we can “starve the beast.” Health Care Sharing Ministries are communities of Christians that share health care costs so long as they align with Christian principles. They are not health insurance but instead give Americans an alternative to traditional health insurance.

Unsurprisingly, several states have quietly taken-up legislation to snuff out the Health Care Sharing Ministry option. Those hostile to the culture of life have noticed the threat Health Care Sharing Ministries pose to the revenue stream necessary to fund abortions, gender reassignment, and other non-Biblical treatments. They are resorting to another tactic of force: taking away personal choice and autonomy.

We’re praying that the speculation about Roe v. Wade proves to be true and that voters at the state level will use their newfound vote on the matter to support legislation to protect the unborn. The pro-life legislation introduced in multiple states —Texas’ “Heartbeat” bill, banning abortion once a heartbeat can be detected, Ohio’s 2363 Act that would ban all abortions, and Mississippi’s bill banning abortions after 15 weeks — reflects clear discomfort from coast-to-coast with how entrenched abortion has become in American society.

In the meantime, Health Care Sharing Ministries give Christians another tool to push back against “health” treatments that violate the dignity of the human person. We feel empowered – for the time being – to align our dollars with our consciences and moral obligation. While we await SCOTUS’ decision, we can be more than spectators — we can pray, witness, and starve the beast. (1 Timothy 2: 1-2)

Kenneth and Amanda Richter are parents of four, business owners, and members of Medi-Share, a health care sharing ministry.

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  1. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat

    Welcome aboard Kenneth!  Great to have you here!

    My family is in Medi-Share as well…

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  2. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat

    We had Medishare for awhile too.  I now have qualified for Medicare, but my husband hasn’t as of yet.  On another note, thank you for this post.  We visited for the first time St. Petersburg, FL today – what an interesting experience, wow!  I won’t go into the details about the town which surprised me, but there was a “protest” – a bunch of people with signs marching toward what we thought was a big local Methodist church  – on the Supreme Court issues and Roe V. Wade – of course in favor of abortion with some horns honking……

    I thought about it today  – this is a very difficult, but testing time for the Church and all Christians – to stand strong – and shine a Light into a world of very lost souls – I saw many today (I loved the town by the way) – and do it in many areas – including as you mention in your post – the healthcare industry – God bless!

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  3. Cassandro Coolidge

    I don’t know.  I don’t mean to be a downer here, but leaving some states to rule themselves rightly and others to rule profligately, seems like  good behavior modification way of teaching selfish and self-absorbed states to be more responsible.  And that’s the way federalism is supposed to work, I suppose.

    But with endless State spending, and endless federal borrowing and printing, we have seen for, what, two years now that spendthrift progressive states are being bailed out with money for covid or other trillion-dollar relief programs, and the ones paying for it are the thrifty states that have to provide the tax dollars, as well as all the people who have to pay more for the inflation the borrowed (freshly printed) money leads to.

    What hard responsibility do you teach if you let your brother keep digging himself into a financial hole if you just keep bailing him out?

    Added: Abortion is just one of the many things that was supposed to be relegated to states to decide, and let populations shift wherever they want to go.  But if the overall effect is generalized to the entire population, with abortion tourism, this too diminishes the differences between the states.

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