‘HEARTBEAT BILL’ Reminds Us that Incrementalism Has Its Place

Written by Shawn Meyer on December 10, 2016

I am an incrementalist. If my ultimate aim is high and noble, I prefer to get it all in one blast of effort. If that’s not possible, I will take any steps, however small, in the direction of that noble aim. I do not insist on having it all or having nothing, especially when the lives of others are involved. Even the Apostle Paul, when working to save souls stated, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Cor 9:22). He didn’t say, “If I can’t save everyone then I’m not saving anyone.”

Some of our pro-life friends insist on joining the pro-abortion crowd in opposition to bills that “save some”. They insist that if a bill doesn’t protect all unborn children it doesn’t deserve our support. Better to try to save all in one stroke and fail than to save only some and work through incremental means to save all eventually, they tell us.

Imagine your house is on fire. You obviously want to save all your children, but because some will be harder to save than others, you explain to those who lean out their windows, “If I allow you to jump into my arms, it sends the message to those deeper in the house and harder to reach that they are not valuable and worth saving. Either you all come out the front door together or you all perish.”


We work hard to save all. And for such a time as that proves impossible, we save as many as we can. With every incremental success we find it creates forward momentum that propels us toward our ultimate goal of equal protection for everyone. Please call Governor Kasich at 614-466-3555 and urge him to sign the Heartbeat Bill into law. These lives are worth saving.

photo credit: bytheorion Detail shot of the bubble, from the “Starchild (Genesis)” mural via photopin (license)

Share if you agree Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill” will save some unborn babies lives and so it ought to pass.

Shawn Meyer
Shawn Meyer, father of seven and husband of one, is a small-town Midwest pastor. A public speaker with diverse interests, Shawn has trained and lectured for schools, churches, camps, and charitable groups on topics ranging from bioethics to bow hunting. Boisterously active in politics and cultural reformation from his youth, Shawn’s fighting spirit is inspired by love of God and country.