By Lisa Atkins, Northwest Regional Coordinator
As I looked around the room at all thirty of our young, fearless, and courageous pro-life students from around the Northwest Region who mobilized with me, I realized that abortion is over. I realized that we truly are winning.
Two days ago I found myself sitting in a Senate hearing listening to an abortionist testify against a Parental Notification Bill. She was followed by NARAL members and Planned Parenthood employees who testified against the bill saying that, “a majority of minors already approach their parents when deciding to have an abortion.” However, others from their groups then testified that only a minority of minors do not want to approach their parents. They seemed a little confused.
I have never been in a room with so many Planned Parenthood employees and NARAL members before. Furthermore, I have never heard so many arguments supporting the pro-life movement from the very mouths of abortion advocates.
As more and more abortion advocates testified against the bill, I became significantly confused on what side they were all on. For instance, the pro-life movement has continually been framed as religious and judgmental. However, the only one talking about religion in this hearing was a pro-abortion rabbi who testified against the bill.
The pro-life movement has also notably been framed by abortion advocates as “old white men trying to take away women’s rights,” but the majority of Planned Parenthood supporters and NARAL members in the room were men and women over the age of forty (see photo).
It was a lot of fun to watch the abortion advocates panic once they saw how many young, pro-life students were there. Planned Parenthood sent out an action alert trying to get more representatives against the bill at the hearing because there were too many of us. We then overheard them complaining that there were too many young pro-life students in support of the bill.
Not only did we mobilize and show up at the hearing, but we testified. Eight of our brave students upheld the majority of collected, powerful, and personal testimonials at the hearing. It was then that Planned Parenthood’s true colors really became evident. One of our students from Seattle Pacific University testified about the implications of the absence of Parental Notification:
“…thank you for allowing me to testify for the protection of women… I am a young woman… Senators – the lack of parental notification leaves the door open for abortion providers to take advantage of minors and put them in danger. If parents aren’t aware of their daughter’s pregnancy, it swings the door wide open for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to assist in the sex trafficking of minors or ignoring statutory rape and mandatory reporting laws. Why does Washington State think that the abortion industry are better guardians of minors than parents themselves? Every pregnant woman that walks through their doors is a dollar sign. After all, they have quotas that need to be met.”
As my student was in the middle of testifying, Planned Parenthood employees laughed out loud when she mentioned sex trafficking and statutory rape. They audibly laughed!
Pro-life leaders, students, parents, and lawmakers: this is what we are up against. This is the front lines of the battle for life in a culture of death. It was our students that day who decided within themselves that the injustice of abortion was more important to them than the controversy that they were going to face. Had we not been there to testify, the only voices our Senators would have heard was from Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and an abortionist.
This is why we keep pressing on. This is why we do whatever we can to be ready at a moment’s notice to act. And this is why we are the generation that is abolishing abortion.