The mother and child logo* shown here was inspired by Dr. David Reardon’s book, Making Abortion Rare. It was created to represent the tragic fact that abortion always has two victims, because you cannot hurt the child without hurting the mother. The two are one and can only be separated by doing violence to both.
Making Abortion Rare presents a plan to end abortion by shining the light of truth on its many physical and psychological dangers to women. To do this we must reach out to the millions of living victims of abortion, who desperately need healing.
The logo is a symbol of a pro-woman/pro-life belief that the church must provide an environment where these wounded women can grieve and heal surrounded by love. It is a call to serve them in the name of the Lord until they are able to speak out against the horrors of abortion with a testimony that cannot be denied or ignored. “Always 2” is a collective cry from all across America to stop the daily slaughter of innocents and the daily violation of their mothers.
Although the logo was created because of the tragedy of abortion, it has triumphant meanings as well. Any image of mother and child must make us immediately think of Mary and the infant Jesus, so it is a reminder that the Almighty God chose to enter His creation through the doorway of a womb.
He became a human so as to grow into the Man who would die on a cross and rise from the dead to open for us the doorway to eternal life. The miracle of the Incarnation teaches us to protect mothers, consider the womb a sanctuary, and celebrate every birth no matter the circumstances surrounding it.
“Always 2” means that “unto us a Child is born and unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulders and His name shall be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.’”
As we commit ourselves to the task of fighting abortion, we must remember that it is not a political but a spiritual struggle we are entering. We have an invisible enemy destroying the closest bond in humanity by deceiving mothers into sacrificing their unborn children. This is only a continuation of the destruction that he began in the Garden of Eden, and continued in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he deceived mankind into rebelling against our Creator. Killing babies is only a step toward his ultimate goal of separating us from our heavenly Father forever.
For that reason, the logo also represents each believer cradled in the arms of our Creator. It is a reminder that He will never leave us or forsake us. It is a reminder that apart from Him we can do nothing, but we can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives us strength. It is a reminder that anyone who even thinks about joining the spiritual battle must make his relationship with the Lord the priority of his life. “Always 2” means the child of God is safe in His arms.
Though we are never alone because He is with us, it is part of His design to knit us together with other believers. From the perfect garden where He said that it is not good for man to be alone (though He Himself was there) to the time He walked this earth and sent His disciples out two by two, He has continuously taught us that two are better than one because they have good reward for their labor. If one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. So the logo also represents the union of believers in the body of Christ.
It is vital for us each to have at least one comrade in arms to turn to when the battle rages, when the trials and testings come. We need each other to pray with, to talk with, to mutually encourage and strengthen one another. At times we will nurture, just like a mother, at times we will be nurtured, just like a child–all the while building a bond that is deeper than any ties of blood. “Always 2” reminds us that even when we are two individuals, we are truly one in the Spirit of Life and forever united in the family of God.
May the logo of the mother and child and the words “Always 2” become a familiar sign in the household of faith, like the memorial stones of ancient Israel, to remind us of the wonderful things the Lord has done. He became like one of us to make us one with Him and one with each other. He has given us life and power so that we might be His witnesses to a lost and dying world.
Who more clearly stands in need of that witness than the victims of abortion? Not the children, for they are beyond our reach and already in God’s embrace. But if we can offer the love and forgiveness of Christ to their mothers, their children’s tragic deaths may yet serve a redeeming purpose in helping to end the bloodshed in our nation.
This logo belongs to whosoever will use it to the glory of God.
*I originally wrote this as a tri-fold brochure for the church to use in the fight against abortion. The text has been on Dr. Reardon’s website since 2001.