Barros points to another Old Testament passage, Exodus 21:22-23:
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life.”
Barros does not believe this command is one to be followed today, but nonetheless derives from the passage a clue to the value of unborn life. “[God] required the death penalty to someone that even by accident caused a miscarriage: two men fighting and accidentally hurting a woman that is pregnant,” Barros said. “It says ‘life for life’ — God looks at that baby as a person with all the rights of a person. It doesn’t matter if someone thinks a baby doesn’t have the right to use a woman’s womb. That’s the way God designed it from the beginning.”
Barros points out that there are effective ways and ineffective ways to go about pro-life efforts.
“So many people that do what we do make a terrible mistake in that they come in the morning for an hour or two and start screaming at people, mostly, and then turn around and do this thing they call ‘kicking the dust off their feet’ — which is totally out of context out of the Bible — and leave, and then go sit at the coffee shop for three hours and talk about how persecuted they were,” Barros said. “But the thing they don’t understand is that God’s timetable is not ours. His Word takes a while, depending on the person.”
When asked why Barros does what he does, he said, not referring to himself, “He is able.”